John McCuish

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John McCuish
34th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 14, 1957
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by Fred Hall
Succeeded by George Docking
32nd Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
In office
January 10, 1955 – January 8, 1957
Governor Fred Hall
Preceded by Fred Hall
Succeeded by Joseph W. Henkle, Sr.
Personal details
Born June 22, 1906
Leadville, Colorado
Died March 12, 1962 (aged 55)
Newton, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cora Hedrick
Profession advertising salesman, newspaper editor, politician
Religion Presbyterian

John Berridge McCuish (June 22, 1906 – March 12, 1962) was the 34th Governor of Kansas.


McCuish was born in Leadville, Colorado and attended Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri before graduating from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1925. He married Cora E. Hedrick on September 9, 1925.[1]


McCuish began his journalism career as a newspaper-advertising salesman. He became owner and editor of the "Hillsboro Star" and returned to Newton, Kansas and owned and edited the "Harvey County News" from 1930 to 1958.[2] He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1936.

McCuish entered the U. S. Army to serve in World War II as a private and participated in the Anzio landings. He also aided the American Red Cross in Germany.[3] After returning from Germany, McCuish held several jobs with the Kansas Republican Party including being a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1948.[4]

Elected Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, McCuish began his term in 1954 under Governor Fred Hall. Governor Hall, who had been defeated for renomination in 1956, resigned on January 3, 1957, eleven days before the inauguration of his successor, Democrat George Docking. McCuish became governor of Kansas for those eleven days, making his administration the shortest in the history of the state. His one official act as governor was to appoint Hall to the State Supreme Court, in what is known as "the triple play of 1956," as a way of denying Docking the opportunity to appoint the new chief justice. While this "triple play" was perfectly legal, many considered it to be unethical.

After leaving office, McCuish returned to the newspaper business, but continued to be politically active. After becoming an independent oil operator, he sold his newspaper and devoted his time to the oil business.[5]


McCuish died after suffering a stroke and is interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas. No mention of his service as governor is inscribed on his headstone.


  1. ^ "John McCuish". Find A Grave. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "John McCuish". Kansapedia. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "John McCuish". National Governors Association. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "John McCuish". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "John McCuish". Find A Grave. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Fred Hall
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Joseph W. Henkle, Sr.
Preceded by
Fred Hall
Governor of Kansas
January 3, 1957 – January 14, 1957
Succeeded by
George Docking