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Master of Arts (MA)




Ohio, an agricultural and industrial state, is basically a conservative Republican state. Yet in 1958, Michael V. DiSalle, a liberal Democrat who had been closely associated with President Harry Truman's Fair Deal, was elected governor for the first four-year term legislated in the history of the state. Two years earlier the Ohio newspapermen at their gridiron show "buried" Mike DiSalle because he had lost three previous statewide elections, one for Governor and two for the United States Senate. These men had not studied the history of Ohio politics. This thesis plans to discuss the circumstances and actions that made DiSalle's election not only possible but probable.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1986, Diana Draur

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