From 1909 to 1913, Governor William Glasscock served the state of West Virginia as an ardent progressive and reformer. In his inaugural address he proclaimed government "the machinery invoked and devised by man for his benefit and protection” and good government the guarantor of the happiness, prosperity, success, and welfare of the people. Governor William Glasscock and Progressive Politics in West Virginia recounts the life and work of West Virginia’s thirteenth governor. Born during the Civil War, Glasscock witnessed a country torn by sectional, fratricidal war become a powerful industrial nation by the turn of the twentieth century. Author Gary Jackson Tucker demonstrates how Glasscock, along with others during the Progressive Era, railed against large and powerful political and economic machines to enact legislation protecting free and fair elections, just taxation, regulation of public utilities, and workmen’s compensation laws. Never hesitating to use the power of the state to stand firm against racism and mob rule, and placing his own personal safety in jeopardy, Glasscock won the praise and admiration of average people. Glasscock’s four years in office took his own health and financial security from him, but left behind a better governmenta good governmentfor the people of West Virginia.
About the Author
Gary Jackson Tucker, PhD, is a graduate of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, BA; the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MA; and West Virginia University at Morgantown, PhD, all in history. Governor William Glasscock and Progressive Politics in West Virginia is his first book. Retired from the Wood County school system, he presently teaches history at West Virginia University-Parkersburg.
Table of Contents
Foreword The Origins of a Young Reformer Mountain State Politics The Evolution of a Progressive Governor Settling Into Office The 1910 Crash of the Republican Party The Runaway Legislature of 1911 Divided Republicans Prepare for the War of 1912 Governor Glasscock and Violence in West Virginia The 1913 Legislature: One Last Chance Epilogue Bibliography Index