William Goebel

William Goebel

William Goebel, søn af tyske immigranter, blev født i Sullivan County, Pennsylvania den 4. januar 1856. Efter eksamen fra Cincinnati Law School i 1877 specialiserede han sig i virksomheds- og jernbaneret i Kentucky.

Et medlem af det demokratiske parti blev han valgt til i senatet i Kentucky i 1887. I løbet af de næste tretten år udviklede Goebel et ry som en progressiv og støttede borgerrettighederne for afroamerikanere, kvinder og fagforeninger.

Goebel sluttede sig også til nogle andre vigtige politiske figurer for at opfordre til afskaffelse af lotterier og afslutte monopolet på statslige skolebøger. Goebel lavede mange fjender, og efter en konflikt, en lokal politiker, blev John Stanford dræbt. Goebel blev anklaget for sit drab, men blev frifundet i 1895.

I 1899 valgte Det Demokratiske Parti Goebel som kandidat til guvernør i Kentucky, mens det republikanske parti valgte William Sylvester Taylor. Valget var kontroversielt, og der var påstande om stemmesedler. Da afstemningen blev annonceret, vandt Taylor med 193.714 til 191.331.

Da Det Demokratiske Parti udfordrede valgresultatet, blev der fremsat trusler om, at hvis Goebel vandt i appel, ville han blive myrdet. Goebel fik livvagter, men den 30. januar 1900, mens Goebel kom ind i statshuset, blev der affyret en pistol fra vinduet på udenrigsministerens kontor.

Goebel blev kørt til hospitalet, og mens han modtog behandling, blev det meddelt, at han som følge af undersøgelsen nu var guvernør i Kentucky. William Goebel døde dog af sine sår den 3. februar 1900. William Sylvester Taylor flygtede til Indiana og nægtede at vende tilbage for at blive anklaget for at sammensværge at myrde Goebel. Flere mænd blev anholdt, herunder Caleb Powers, Kentuckys udenrigsminister. Til sidst blev Henry Youtsey og Jim Howard dømt for drab, mens fem andre, herunder magter, blev fundet skyldige i sammensværgelse.

I 1907 en artikel af Fred Warren, redaktør af Appel til fornuften, klagede over, at myndighederne ikke anholdt og anklagede William Sylvester Taylor for drab. Da Warren annoncerede en belønning på $ 1.000 for anholdelsen af ​​Taylor, blev Warren selv anholdt og anklaget for at have tilskyndet andre til at begå kidnapningsforbrydelsen. Efter to års forsinkelse blev Warren fundet skyldig og idømt seks måneders hårdt arbejde og en bøde på 1.500 dollar.

Den 13. juni 1908 benyttede guvernøren i Kentucky, Augustus Everett Willson, William Sylvester Taylor, Caleb Powers,. Året efter benådede han William Sylvester Taylor og alle de andre mænd, der blev tiltalt for Goebels mord, undtagen Henry Youtsey, som Willson sagde var åbenbart morderen.


William Goebel Dolls 1876-1930s+ German

Franz Detleff Goebel og hans søn William Goebel grundlagde deres porcelænsfabrik Wilhelmsfeld i 1876, beliggende i Oeslau, Thringia, Tyskland for at producere porcelæn og fajanceobjekter. I 1879 var virksomheden kendt som F & amp W Goebel. Tidlige F & amp W Goebel -objekter blev markeret med en trekant og halvmåne symbol med eller uden et tocifret formnummer.

I 1893 var virksomheden udelukkende ejet af William, som ændrede navnet til William Goebel Porzellanfabrik hvilket også var da Goebel begyndte at producere fine bisque dukker af alle slags små alle bisque dukker, bisque Dolly Face skulder- eller fatningshoveder på kid eller sammensatte leddede kroppe, bøjede lemmer karakter Baby dukker, halve dukker, badende skønheder, ballerinaer og B cassine dukker .

Efter 1900 Goebel begyndte at bruge krone over WG initialer mærke, se nedenfor. Goebel leverede også Max Handwerck med nogle bisque B b Elite dukkehoveder. Goebel er nok mest kendt i dag for deres Hummel -figurer og andre porcelænsgenstande.

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Guvernør William Goebel

(panel 1) Guvernør
William Goebel
Den dygtige og mest effektive fortaler
og mester for folkesagen
deres elskede og loyale ven.

Den 30. januar 1900 blev han skudt
ned af en snigmorder fra den private
den daværende udenrigsministers kontor.

Født 4. januar 1856
Død den 3. februar 1900

Fortæl mine venner at være det
modig og frygtløs og loyal
til de store almindelige mennesker. ”
Hans sidste ord.

(panel 2)
Jeg ville være blind, hvis jeg ikke kunne se den hengivenhed, der er manifesteret over for senator Goebel. Jeg ville være blind, hvis jeg ikke forstod, hvor alvorligt hans formål var. Når jeg husker, at hr. Goebel kom ind i statens senat i en alder af tre-årige, har været der tolv år, og at en advokat for hans anerkendte evne, mens han tjente i senatet, aldrig blev anklaget for at opgive almindeligt folk eller er en ansættelse af virksomhederne, og når jeg husker, at selv hans fjender indrømmer, at han aldrig prostituerede sin evne til grådighed, kan jeg forstå, hvordan de almindelige mennesker ser ud til ham som forkæmper for deres rettigheder. ”
William Jennings Bryan
Covington 18. oktober 1899.

(panel 3) Opført af
staten Kentucky
til minde om
Kentuckys martyrguvernør
William

Goebel
der hengav og gav
hans liv
til forsvar for
folkets rettigheder.

Spørgsmålet er: er virksomhederne
folkets mestre eller tjenere. ”

(panel 4) Fungerede som stats senator
fjorten år
1886 til 1900.

Medlem af
Forfatningskonvention
1890 til 1891.

Forfatter af
Antilotteriloven,
Franchiseskattelov.

Pioneren i
Amerikansk jernbanepris
Regulering af lovgivning.

Mesteren i
Skolebog Lovgivning
Medarbejderlov,
Arbejdsgiveransvarslov.

Opført 1914 af staten Kentucky.

Emner. Denne historiske markør er opført på disse emnelister: Uddannelse & tyr Industri & handel & tyr Jernbaner og sporvogne. En vigtig historisk dato for denne post er 30. januar 1900.

Beliggenhed. 38 & deg 11.987 ′ N, 84 & deg 52.606 ′ W. Marker er i Frankfort, Kentucky, i Franklin County. Marker er i krydset mellem West Broadway Street og St. Clair Street, til højre, når du rejser vest på West Broadway Street. Marker er placeret på Old State Capitol -grunde på ejendommens sydside, nær hovedindgangen fra West Broadway Street. Tryk for kort. Marker er på eller i nærheden af ​​denne postadresse: 300 West Broadway Street, Frankfort KY 40601, USA. Tryk for at få en vejvisning.

Andre markører i nærheden. Mindst 8 andre markører er inden for gåafstand

Mere om denne markør. Dette monument/markør består af en bronzeskulptur, der er større end livet, oven på en stor, 8 fod høj granitpiedestal, med 4 tekstpaneler, der udgør de 4 sider af piedestalen.

Angående guvernør William Goebel. Goebel er fortsat den eneste statsguvernør i USA, der blev myrdet, mens han var i embedet.

Se også. . .
1. William Goebel -statuen i Old State Capitol. Statuen af ​​guvernør William Goebel foran Old State Capitol er en påmindelse om den meget splittede politik i Kentucky i slutningen af ​​1800 -tallet. Goebel var den eneste guvernør i Kentucky, der nogensinde blev myrdet. Statuen blev bestilt i 1910 af Kentucky State Legislature og indviet i 1914. Niehaus havde opnået et nationalt ry i 1881 for sine statuer af den nylig myrdede præsident Garfield. Skulpturen er en større rolle end livet

bronzestatue monteret på en indskrevet granitbund. (Indsendt den 26. september 2018 af Cosmos Mariner fra Cape Canaveral, Florida.)

2. William Justus Goebel. William Justus Goebel var en amerikansk politiker, der tjente som den 34. guvernør i Kentucky i fire dage i 1900 efter at have været dødeligt såret af en snigmorder dagen før han blev svoret (selvom han lå på sit dødsleje på det tidspunkt). (Indsendt den 26. september 2018 af Cosmos Mariner fra Cape Canaveral, Florida.)


Den sen guvernør Goebel

I de sidste dage af det nittende århundrede var Kentucky den mest voldelige stat i unionen. New York rapporterede om et par flere mord, men det er hovedsageligt fordi der i nogle dele af Kentucky ikke blev ført sådanne optegnelser. Kentuckianere kæmpede, duellerede og dræbte hele tiden over familiens modvilje, ejendom, jernbaner, vendehuller, fornærmelser og især politik. Og i politikken var der ingen hårdere fighter end William Goebel, der dræbte og blev dræbt og blev den eneste amerikanske guvernør, der nogensinde døde på kontoret af en snigmorder.

Vold i Kentucky eskalerede under borgerkrigen og steg endda i nogle områder efter krigen sluttede. De spørgsmål, der havde forårsaget krigen, rev Kentuckians fra hinanden. Familier var lige så dybt splittede som Henry Clays barnebørn, hvoraf tre havde tilsluttet sig Unionens hær, mens fire andre havde kæmpet i den konfødererede hær.

Den nordlige del af staten, hvor Goebel var fra, var urban, industrialiseret og modsat slaveri de vestlige og sydlige sektioner var landlige og agrariske. I september 1861 var staten overvejende unionistisk. Efter frigørelseserklæringen den 1. januar 1863 vendte vrede slaveholdere i Kentucky deres sympati mod syd.

Under genopbygningen ankom de nordlige republikanere til Commonwealth med det formål at afslutte hvidt styre og håndhæve borgerrettigheder for sorte. De behandlede næsten alle borgere, inklusive EU -sympatisører, som om de var rasende oprørere. Det gjorde rigtig mange Kentuckians vrede. Flertallet var demokrater, der foragtede "sorte" republikanere (såkaldte fordi de støttede juridisk ligestilling for sorte), dannede en stensikker stemmeblok, der skræmte afroamerikanske vælgere og kontrollerede staten i tredive år efter 1865. Ex-Confederate politikere var især populære, mere hvis de havde mistet et øje eller et lem i krigen.

Da den 31-årige William Goebel, en trofast demokrat, gik ind i politik i 1887, begyndte den demokratiske magt at falde. De økonomiske forhold var dårlige arbejderlønninger, lave landmænd var gennemsyret af gæld, og skatterne var høje.

Ikke din typiske sydpolitiker, ikke engang en sydlænder ved fødslen, Goebel havde ingen bånd til konføderationen. Han var søn af tyske immigranter, der var kommet til USA i 1850'erne, efter at reformbevægelsen i deres hjemland mislykkedes. Goebels troede på afskaffelse og borgerlige rettigheder for kvinder og sorte. William blev født i Sullivan County, Pennsylvania, i 1856, og han talte kun tysk, indtil han var seks år gammel. Efter at hans far vendte tilbage fra en periode i Unionens hær, flyttede familien til Covington, i Kenton County, Kentucky. På tværs af Ohio -floden fra Cincinnati var Covington den næststørste by i rigsfællesskabet med blomstrende tyske og irske immigrantersamfund.

Efter eksamen fra Law School of Cincinnati College blev Goebel inviteret til at arbejde i advokatfirmaet for tidligere guvernør John White Stevenson. Stevenson beundrede den unge mand, som han mente havde et fremragende juridisk sind og sunde værdier, og han introducerede Goebel for det demokratiske partis nøglespillere, som først tog godt imod ham.

Under Stevenson, chefrådgiver for Kentucky Central Railroad, og politiker-advokaten John G. Carlisle, for hvem han også arbejdede kortvarigt, blev Goebel ekspert i kontrakter, selskaber og jernbaner. Han observerede, hvordan store virksomheder omgåede deres ansvar og satte overskud over deres arbejderes velfærd. Uden statslige love, der regulerer ansættelsespraksis, var den eneste måde at afhjælpe misbrug eller uagtsomhed ved domstolene.

I 1883 gik Goebel i privat praksis og begyndte at påtage sig virksomheder og jernbaner, især Louisville og Nashville Railroad (L & ampN), det største jernbanenet i Kentucky. Mange overarbejdede, underbetalte jernbanemedarbejdere kom til ham, ligesom enker efter mænd dræbt i togvrag.

Da han med succes forsvarede jernbanemedarbejdere, der blev anholdt for at støtte Pullman -arbejderstrejken i 1894, betalte Goebel ikke kun mændenes obligationer, men opkrævede ikke et gebyr. De hyldede ham som deres helt: "jernbaneadvokaten", den "fattige mands advokat", "den almindelige mands forkæmper".

Over femten år forsøgte Goebel mange sager mod L & ampN og tabte ingen. Bosættelser var i de fleste tilfælde store. Da han var tredive, var Goebel rig og respekteret, men ikke uden fjender.

I 1887 vandt han sit første valg - til statens senat, hvor han hurtigt blev leder. En af hans første regninger reducerede vejafgifterne på Covington -veje, der ejes af et selskab. Disse betalingsveje var rentable, og staten havde investeret i de virksomheder, der byggede dem. Ex-konfødererede oberst, Covington forretningsmand og bankmand, John L. Sanford var rasende, fordi han ejede aktier i dette selskab. Til gengæld blokerede han Goebels chance for at blive dommer ved appelretten. Sanfords nærmeste venner var Theodore Hallam og Harvey Meyers Jr., advokatpartnere og også tidligere konfødererede politikere, der "styrede" politik i Kenton County. Dette triumvirat så den unge senators fremskridt og blandede sig i det, når de kunne.

Goebel argumenterede kraftigt for at forbedre skoler og for kvinder at have ret til at stemme på skolebestyrelsesmedlemmer og tjene som skoleforvaltere og som medlemmer af uddannelsesrådet. Han ville også have flere rettigheder for sorte. Han favoriserede regler for læger, restriktioner for dømt arbejdskraft, bedre fængsler og frie veje. Han stod på en lovgivning, der var uvenlig over for bankinteresser. Han bebrejdede republikanerne for praktisk talt alt, men en række demokrater kom til at anse hans indflydelse. Hans reformer gjorde vælgerne glade, men gjorde den tidligere konfødererede herskende klasse rasende.

Goebel oprørte L & ampN -magnater og lavede en ønskeliste med jernbaneforordninger. Han var fast besluttet på at beskytte jernbanekommissionen, få jernbanerne til at betale deres rimelige andel af skatter og forhindre dem i at blande sig i statens virksomhed. L & ampN lobbyister var allestedsnærværende. De arbejdede overalt i staten og gav gratis pas, penge, mad og whisky til lovgivere og alle andre, der havde indflydelse på stat eller amtsregering. Den formidable Milton H. Smith, præsident for det mest magtfulde monopol i Kentucky, havde siddet i kattesædet, indtil advokat-senator Goebel greb ind.

Under Goebels første embedsperiode øgede jernbanekommissionen skattevurderingen af ​​ejendommen, der ejes af L & ampN til over tre millioner dollars - en dramatisk stigning, der rangerede Smith og hans bestyrelse. Smith begyndte hurtigt at kurtisere venlige lovgivere og opfordrede dem til at vedtage et lovforslag om afskaffelse af kommissionen. Lovforslaget passerede huset, men i senatet opdagede Goebel og et undersøgelsesudvalg, at lobbyister havde overdådigt underholdt lovgivere, mens de var i session. Udvalget søgte en anklage mod lobbyisterne, de fik ikke en, men det verserende lovforslag om at afskaffe kommissionen blev dræbt.

Goebel arbejdede utrætteligt for en konvention om at omskrive statsforfatningen fra 1850. En ny forfatning var påkrævet for at overholde ratificeringen af ​​de trettende, fjortende og femtende ændringer til den amerikanske forfatning. Kentuckys fjerde forfatningskonvention begyndte i september 1890, og det sidste, L & ampN ønskede, var, at Goebel skulle være medlem af den. L & ampN vidste, at Goebel ville bruge, som biograf James C. Klotter siger, "forfatningen som et redskab til at vedtage love, som han ikke havde kunnet vedtage i den mere konservative lovgiver."

Goebel gjorde netop det. Han havde succes med at sikre jernbanekommissionen en plads i den nye forfatning, hvilket betød, at den ikke kunne afskaffes undtagen af ​​et flertal af vælgerne. Han var også medvirkende til at få en metode til værdiansættelse af ejendomsskatte til jernbane inkluderet. Da den nye forfatning endelig blev vedtaget, omfattede den også love om børnearbejde og et krav om, at arbejdsgiverne betaler medarbejdere med lovlige penge, ikke virksomhedens butikscheck.

Kenton County blev ved med at genvælge Goebel til Senatet, og hans jævnaldrende i Senatet valgte ham til præsident pro tempore. Ifølge Cincinnati Commercial Gazette den 13. april 1895:

Ingen mand i Senatet blev lyttet til med mere respekt, og han gennemførte næsten altid de foranstaltninger, han gik ind for. Som regel var senator Goebel en tilbageholdende og pensioneret mand, men da han tog ordet for at bekæmpe en foranstaltning, lynede han. . . . Han har gjort mere end nogen anden mand i Kentucky for at bryde visse korrupte ringe op, og lobbyen hadede ham hjerteligt, men frygtede ham samtidig som en vrede, der skulle komme.

Selvfølgelig var ikke alle i Kenton County glade for Goebels opstigning. John Sanford havde røget siden Goebel ophævede betalingsvejene. Sanfords temperament blussede igen, efter at Goebel repræsenterede en gruppe borgere, der var imod stigninger i vejafgifterne på broen, John Roebling havde bygget mellem Covington og Cincinnati, en anden af ​​Sanfords investeringer. Hele syv tusinde borgere, der boede i Covington og arbejdede i Cincinnati, krydsede broen til og fra arbejde. Det sidste strå for Sanford kom, da Goebel flyttede tre konti - byens, amtets og skolernes indlån - fra sin bank til Frank Helms første nationalbank i Covington. Med det slag sagde Sanford, kendt for sit hurtige temperament, offentligt, at han ville dræbe Goebel eller blive dræbt.

Hvad faktisk udløste hændelsen mellem Goebel og Sanford involverede det, der i den tid blev kaldt "opslag", en skadelig praksis, hvorved en person anonymt kunne offentliggøre fornærmende oplysninger om sin fjende.

Den 11. oktober 1899 blev den Hartford Herald, besvarede en læsers anmodning om fakta om skyderiet i Sanford-Goebel, offentliggjorde en rapport skrevet af dr. W. W. Tarvin, dødsmedicineren, der foretog undersøgelsen.

Det Dagligt Commonwealth havde i flere måneder udgivet artikler ved at "stege" Goebel ved enhver lejlighed, og Goebel blev informeret om, at John Sanford var forfatteren til disse artikler. Faktisk . . . Goebel fik vist de originale kopier, og de var i Sanfords håndskrift. Endelig, sandsynligvis forarget ud over udholdenhed, skrev Goebel og fik til at blive offentliggjort i et lille ugentligt blad, der hver lørdag blev udsendt en artikel, hvori han omtalte Sanford i alvorlige vendinger, og det var den umiddelbare årsag til mødet den 11. april 1895.

Disse "alvorlige udtryk" optrådte i Hovedbogen april 1895, i en artikel, skrev Goebel, der forklarede, hvorfor vælgere ikke skulle støtte Sanfords senatorkandidat, Joe Blackburn. Goebel omtalte Sanford som "Kol. John-Gon — h — ea Sanford, “meddelte således offentligt, at Sanford, en kendt offentlig person og en gift mand, havde gonoré.

Skydningen fandt sted omkring kl. den 11. april gik Goebel og to venner, W. "Jack" Hendricks, dengang statsadvokaten, og Frank Helm, præsident for First National Bank, mod banken i Covington centrum. Goebel var i midten og holdt sin frakke over sin venstre arm. Da de nærmede sig bredden, så de Sanford stå på banetrappen og lænede sig op på rækværket med venstre arm, højre hånd i lommen.

Helm sagde: "Hey, der er Sanford."

Goebel svarede: "Ja, der er tæven."

Sanford hilste kort og godt på Helm og Hendricks og rystede hænder med venstre hånd og hans højre var stadig i lommen. Han spurgte Goebel, om han tog ansvaret for den seneste avisartikel om ham. Dr. Tarvin skrev: ”Goebel svarede straks:» Det gør jeg, «hvorefter Sanford trak sin højre hånd op af lommen og holdt en revolver, skubbede den hurtigt frem mod Goebels underliv og affyrede, bolden skød gennem Goebels frakke og underkanten af hans vest, ”men forårsagede ham ingen legemsbeskadigelse.

I det øjeblik han så Sanford strække sig efter sin pistol, trådte Goebel tilbage og tabte sin frakke, trak sin pistol ud og fyrede straks tilbage. Skudene var så tæt på, at det lød som et ekko. Goebels kugle ramte Sanford i panden. Sanford faldt frem på trapperne og døde, uden nogensinde at genvinde bevidstheden, en time eller deromkring senere.

Ifølge dødsadvokaten var flere mennesker på gaden vidne til skyderiet og “beviserne viste klart, at Sanford trak sin revolver og affyrede det første skud. Amtsdommeren, en republikaner,. . . udskrev Goebel, da bevis viste, at Sanford havde truet med at dræbe Goebel og først havde tegnet og affyret. ”

I et stykke tid stoppede Goebel med at stille op til offentligt embede og i stedet helligede han sin energi til at få kontrol over det politiske partimaskineri i hans hjemlige amt. For at blive genvalgt i 1897 måtte han ødelægge kontrollen over Kenton County væk fra Sanfords allierede Theodore Hallam og Harvey Meyers. Han startede i små afdelingspolitik, organiserede arbejdskraft mod kapital og målrettede enhver virksomhed finansieret af mere end to ejere. Inden længe havde han en problemfrit politisk maskine med statsindflydelse. Han havde "sine egne mænd" i kontorer i byen og amtsregeringerne, og hver af "hans" embedsmænd hyrede kun "sine mænd". I 1897 var Goebel blevet Kentuckys første rigtige chef. Selv da demokraterne blev splittede over guldstandarden (som Goebel støttede) og den demokratiske magt begyndte at falde, blev Goebel kaldt "Kenton King."

I 1899 træt af at skulle kæmpe med guvernør for at få tingene gjort, besluttede Goebel at stille op til kontoret. I en æra, hvor nomineringsstævner ofte var høje og voldsomme, var dette ni-dages demokratiske stævne, der blev afholdt i juni i den gamle Music Hall på Market Street i Louisville, som New York Times beskrev det den 24. juni, “en kontinuerlig præstation af hylende farce. . . den mest urolige og uordnede krop af mænd, der nogensinde er samlet til transaktionen af ​​politisk eller anden virksomhed. ”

Kandidaterne var Parker Watkins (kendt som P. Wat og Polly Wolly) Hardin, en populær, smuk, tidligere konfødereret advokat bakket op af L & ampN William J. Stone, en tidligere konfødereret soldat, der havde mistet et ben i krigen og blev bakket op af fri-sølvpopulisterne og landmændene, der hadede jernbanerne og William Goebel, der i et brev til sin bror forudsagde, at der ville blive "en varm kamp mellem mig og Hardin om nomineringen."

Gennem en hemmelig aftale indgået med Stone under en midnatshack -tur rundt i Louisville natten før stævnet lykkedes det Goebel at få sin mand, dommerdommer David B. Redwine, valgt midlertidig formand i stedet for Hardins mand, W. H. "Roaring Bill" Sweeney. Redwines valg skabte en forfærdelig tumult: buh, lattermildhed, hvæsende, ko-ringning, knytnævekampe og pistolskydning.

Den midlertidige formand sad flere af Stones og Goebels delegerede, end han havde Hardins, med 2-1. Således fik Goebel kontrol over alle udvalgene. Det lykkedes også for Redwine at få Goebels platform vedtaget, hvilket krævede at den nominerede støttede den kontroversielle nye valglov, Chinn -lovforslaget og McChord Railroad -regningen, som L & ampN havde kæmpet så voldsomt. Med sin kampagne finansieret af L & ampN kunne Hardin ikke acceptere platformen og bad om, at hans navn ikke blev sat i nominering, men hans tilhængere ignorerede hans anmodning.

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Nomineringer af Goebel, Stone og Hardin blev foretaget på den fjerde dag i stævnet, som havde været så støjende og truende, at Redwine bad politimesteren om at hente nogle af hans mænd, inden afstemningen begyndte. I fire dage og nætter fandt der talrige runder med delegerede afstemninger sted, hvor hver kandidat modtog omkring en tredjedel af stemmerne. Det var varmt og fugtigt i den cigar-røgfyldte hal, og delegerede var trætte og vrede. Cowbells ringede og horn blæste, mens bandet spillede "Dixie" igen og igen. Keder sig over de stoppede stemmer, ønskede delegaterne at gå hjem og samles på et senere tidspunkt. Så stod Goebel, der sad i et fjernt hjørne af scenen og observerede skænderierne, for at tale, og salen blev stille.

Goebel fremlagde en beslutning, der krævede, at efter den tyve-femte afstemning ville manden med det laveste samlede antal falde fra. Det var de alle enige om. Så tog Goebel et spil. Han besluttede at smide nok af sine stemmer til Hardin, så Stone sluttede runden som den laveste mand. Goebel satsede på, at Stones folk så hadede Hardin og L & ampN, at deres stemmer ville gå til ham. Og det er det, der skete. Goebel blev den demokratiske kandidat til guvernør. Hans tilhængere jublede og kastede deres hatte i vejret.

Den næste dag, den Courier-Journal, den største og mest respekterede avis i staten, kaldte hans succes "den mest mesterlige ledelse, der nogensinde har været vidne til i et stævne i Kentucky. . . . Goebel stemplede sig selv som et geni af politisk strategi. ”

Den sølv-tunge taler William Jennings Bryan, som Goebel tidligere havde hjulpet, kom noget reelt til Kentucky for at føre kampagne med ham. Bryan kunne lide, hvad Goebel stod for og beundrede hans mod, men som religiøs mand blev han fornærmet over Goebels hyppige brug af bandeord.

Goebels gamle fjende, Theodore Hallam, dukkede op for en mængde demokrater, mindede om, at han engang havde sagt, at hvis demokraterne nominerede "en større hund" til guvernør, ville han stemme på ham. "Så hvorfor er du imod Goebel nu?" spurgte nogen. Ja, Hallam tillod, han havde sagt, at han ville stemme på "en større hund", og tilføjede derefter, "men lavere end det skal du ikke slæbe mig!" Da han talte i den samme by senere, skød Goebel tilbage og sagde, at Hallam, en lobbyist for L & ampN, var "en beruset og forfalden" med "ansigtet på en kræftfremkaldt bøf."

Den 13. august 1899, Louisville Courier-Journal påpegede, at Goebels rigtige modstander i løbet var L & ampN, ikke William Taylor. Avisen offentliggjorde Goebels tale, hvor han læste et brev, som L & ampNs formand, August Belmont, sendte ham og sagde, at jernbanen ville gøre alt, hvad den kunne "for at modvirke den onde indflydelse af din uberettigede fjendtlighed."

Ved alle hans stop spurgte Goebel folkemængderne, om de ville have Louisville og Nashville Railroad til at være “folkets herre eller tjener”. Dette spørgsmål, især i landdistrikterne, bragte jubel og det spændende svar: "Tjener!" Han talte til fordel for fagforeninger og sagde: "Jeg mener, at fagforeningerne har lige så meget ret til at organisere og beskytte sig selv som operatørerne og manipulatorerne af trusterne." Stolt over, at han var en selvfremstillet mand, spillede Goebel sin egen ydmyge oprindelse:

Jeg har ikke haft en stærk familieforbindelse eller rigdom til at hjælpe mig. Jeg er ikke chancebæreren for et godt navn, der blev berømt af en anden. Jeg sprang ud af almindelige folks rækker, og der er intet under himlens sol, som jeg er stoltere af.

I sine kampagnetaler talte Goebel om det tætte forhold, hans modstander, William Taylor, havde til jernbanerne. Han mindede sit publikum om, at den republikanske guvernør Bradley havde nedlagt veto mod næsten alle reformforslag, som Goebel og hans kolleger havde skrevet. Ved mange lejligheder sagde Goebel: "Jeg mener, at jernbaneselskaberne burde have lidt i munden, og det demokratiske parti bør holde trensen."

Jernbanen havde altid bidraget til politiske kampagner, men aldrig i dette omfang. Urey Woodson, Goebels nære ven, forklarede, at "Milton Smith overtog kommandoen over kampagnen mod Goebel. Smith lagde ikke skjul på dette og sparede ingen penge på at forsøge at organisere staten for at besejre Goebel. ” I 1904 fortalte August Belmont, formand for L & ampN -bestyrelsen, Woodson, at han og hans medarbejdere brugte mere end $ 500.000 på at besejre Goebel og tilføjede: "Vi ville have brugt dobbelt så meget, hvis vi havde troet det var nødvendigt."

Eftermiddagen før Goebel blev skudt, spurgte Woodson sin ven, hvad han ville gøre først, efter at han var blevet svoret som guvernør. Uden tøven svarede Goebel, at han ville bede om en særlig grand jury og få en tiltale mod Milton Smith og hans to kammerater for kriminel bagvaskelse og sætte dem i fængsel i mindst to år.

Meget til alles overraskelse tabte Goebel den 7. november 1899 snævert valget med lidt over 2.000 stemmer. Han tog nyheden imødekommende, takkede sine tilhængere og sagde, at han planlagde at tage hjem for at hvile et stykke tid.

Goebels tilhængere opgav dog ikke så let. De identificerede tusindvis af stemmesedler, der skulle smides ud, og overbeviste Goebel om at bede om en beretning. Som angivet i statens forfatning skulle de anfægtede valg til guvernør- og løjtnant-guvernørløb afgøres af to konkurrenceudvalg, et for hvert embede hvert udvalg bestående af elleve medlemmer af lovgiveren. Navne på hver lovgiver blev skrevet på separate papirlapper, der blev rullet stramt og faldt ned i en kasse. Ekspedienten rystede derefter kassen og tegnede elleve navne og læste hvert navn højt. Udvalget til at træffe beslutning om guvernørløbet havde ni demokrater, en republikaner og en populist, som, siger Klotter, normalt stemte demokratisk.

Om morgenen den 30. januar 1900, kort efter kl. 11.00, gik Goebel hurtigt over Capitol -grunden med to venner. Det var klart og koldt den morgen, men uhyggeligt stille og ledigt. I løbet af de fire foregående dage havde mere end tusind bevæbnede bjergmænd fra det østlige Kentucky, en republikansk højborg, overdækket grunden. Guvernør Taylor og Caleb Powers, hans udenrigsminister, havde sendt dem til at protestere over valget og for at skræmme konkurrenceudvalget, der mødtes.

Det Louisville Courier-Journal erklærede, "Bevæbnet Mob med Bjergbestigere Invaderer Frankfort for at mobbe lovgivningen." Rapporter sagde, at L & ampN havde bragt "Mountain Army" gratis til Frankfort, men jernbanen benægtede det. Den morgen den 30. januar var ikke en eneste bjergbestiger i sigte.

Da Goebel var få meter fra de brede trin ved indgangen til den tre etager høje Capitol Building, lød et skud fra Executive Building. En kugle ramte Goebel i brystet på hans højre side. Da han forsøgte at nå sin pistol i lommen, faldt han til jorden. Da han forsøgte at rejse sig, udbrød hans ven Jack Chinn: "Læg ​​dig ned, ellers skyder du dig igen."

Goebel blødte. Mænd skyndte sig febrilsk at bære ham tilbage til Capital Hotel, hvor Dr. E. E. Hume havde et kontor. Den næsten to-blok vej, de tog, var farvet levende med blod. Lægen vidste straks, at såret var dødeligt. En lille riffelkugle havde "gået ind i Goebels højre bryst lidt over brystvorten, knust en ribbe og gennemboret den nederste del af den højre lunge, forårsaget øjeblikkelig suspension af fordøjelsen og lammet nyrerne, før han forlod ryggen nær rygsøjlen."

Goebel blev taget til sit værelse på anden sal. De tilstedeværende sagde, at han viste stor styrke og mod, forblev rolig og bevidst og talte et par ord. Læger fra Louisville og Lexington kom for at hjælpe.

News of the shooting spread like wild fire Republicans panicked, fearing retaliation, and hundreds of teary-eyed Goebel supporters packed the Capital Hotel hallways, lobby, and grounds, while others gathered in the streets. Many onlookers carried guns and pistols.

Within a half hour, Governor Taylor declared a state of emergency and ordered the militia to Frankfort. He ordered the legislature to adjourn immediately and meet the next week in London, Kentucky, a solidly Republican location, miles away from Frankfort. Reporting threats and rumors of assassinations, newspapers carried headlines warning of violence and bloodshed, such as “Irresponsible Armed Men Brought to Frankfort.”

That night, Democrats from both Houses quietly searched for a place that was not barred by soldiers and yet large enough for them to meet to vote on the Contest Committee’s decision. They finally found a secret location—right there in the Capital Hotel, where Goebel lay dying. By entering the lobby a few at a time, they escaped detection. Meanwhile, as snow fell outside, Taylor and his colleagues remained locked in their offices in the Executive Building, protected by armed soldiers.

The next day, January 31, the Contest Committee declared Goebel had received the highest number of legal votes and had been lawfully entitled to the governorship of Kentucky for the term beginning December 12, 1899. The report was signed by a quorum of senators and representatives, all Democrats.

Chief Justice James H. Hazelrigg, along with several others, rushed to the hotel and swore Goebel in as governor. Although Republicans tried to spread the rumor that he was dead when he was sworn in, eight witnesses testified that Goebel, dressed in a clean white nightshirt, raised his right hand and took the oath of office. When asked to sign a proclamation, he insisted it be read to him first and then signed it. Thus, Goebel’s single act as governor was to instruct the militia to disband and go home.

Thorny questions arose: Did Taylor have the authority to adjourn the General Assembly and have it meet a week later in another location? The constitution requires it to meet in Frankfort unless there is “war, insurrection or pestilence.” Was the capital in a state of emergency? Did Taylor even have the authority to declare it so? Would the militia follow Taylor ’s orders or Goebel’s?

Wanting to make absolutely certain that they had done everything according to the law, the Democrats met again on Friday and went through the entire procedure a second time. Weaker but still conscious and able to speak, Goebel was sworn in again, this time by a circuit judge. John C. W. Beckham was also sworn in again as lieutenant governor and acting governor. The first act Beckham performed was to replace the Adjutant General Collier with his own man, John B. Castleman, who promptly organized a militia to guard Beckham and the streets of Frankfort.

For the time being, Kentucky had two governors, two lieutenant governors, two adjutant generals, two militias, and two legislatures, each conducting its own business as if the other side did not exist.

With his lungs filled with blood, Goebel died at 6:44 on the evening of February 3, 1900. Before he was buried, two prominent Republicans, David W. Fairleigh, a lawyer from Louisville, and John Marshall, lieutenant governor under Taylor, met with Democratic senator J.C.S. Blackburn at the Capital Hotel. They proposed a peace conference between Republicans and Democrats, saying that Governor Taylor had agreed to it.

On the cold, rainy morning of February 6, 1900, while Goebel’s body was being carried on a train—not the L&N—home to Covington, a meeting was held at the Galt House in Louisville between an equal number of Republicans and Democrats. After a few hours of quiet discussion, they signed an agreement “to end the unfortunate condition of political affairs now existant in Kentucky.” Most important was the statement saying William Taylor and John Marshall would voluntarily retire, leaving Beckham governor of Kentucky.

Four days later, at a mass meeting of anti-Goebel Democrats, Republicans, and representatives from L&N, Taylor refused to sign the agreement and wanted the courts to decide his fate. After Louisville Circuit Court judge Emmet Field ruled in favor of the Democrats, Republicans went to the Court of Appeals, which upheld the lower court’s decision. The Republicans then took the question to the U.S. Supreme Court, which said, on May 21, 1900, the issue was not a federal one and sent it back down to the state. Fearing prosecution, Taylor fled to Indiana, where he lived the rest of life.

By May 22, 1900, life in Kentucky had finally settled down. The double governments had disappeared. Beckham was governor, and peace prevailed in the old Bluegrass State—at least for a while. The only question remaining was, Who killed Goebel? To this date, we have no answer.

Marianne C. Walker is a retired college professor and the author of Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With the Wind and The Graves County Boys: A Tale of Kentucky Basketball, Perseverance, and the Unlikely Championship of the Cuba Cubs (forthcoming in October, from University Press of Kentucky).

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More than six million pages of historic newspapers from 1836 to 1922 have been digitized through Chronicling America, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. Thirty-two states are represented by state digitization projects, including Kentucky. In 2005, the University of Kentucky, Lexington, received the first of three grants, totaling $1.3 million, from NEH to digitize many of the newspapers that Marianne Walker mined for facts about Goebel’s career and assassination, such as the Hartford Herald, det Daily Commonwealth, og Louisville Courier-Journal.


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The William Goebel Assassination

If history has taught us anything, it’s that politics can be a messy game. On January 31, 1900, William Justus Goebel was shot and wounded the day before he was sworn in as the 34th Governor of Kentucky. He died four days later (after being sworn in as Governor), becoming the only state governor to this day to be assassinated while in office.

Around the turn of the 20th century, Kentucky was a divided state. The Democrats were slowly losing political power, as a Republican named William O. Bradley had just been elected to the Governor’s office in 1895. Goebel, a democrat in the Kentucky Senate, proposed a bill in 1896 known as the “Goebel Election Law.” This created a three-member state election committee, appointed by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly. Many saw this as a power-grab by Goebel.

During the Gubernatorial election of 1899, three men sought the Democratic nomination: Goebel, Wat Hardin, and William J. Stone. Realizing that Hardin was the front-runner, Goebel proposed that he and Stone work together to take him down. The deal was Stone would support whomever Goebel picked to preside over the party convention. In return, half the delegates from Louisville that were pledged to Goebel would vote to nominate Stone for governor, and Goebel would drop out of the race. Hearing about this plan, Hardin dropped out of the race. With the nomination now wide open, Goebel decided to renege on his agreement with Stone once his choice as the presiding officer was official. He eventually won the nomination, pitting him against Republican William S. Taylor, though many of his party members were not happy.

In the general election, Taylor defeated Goebel by 2,383 votes. However, the Board of Elections created by the Goebel Election Law ruled that the power to review the election lay in the General Assembly. The Assembly ruled that several Republican ballots were invalid, and the election was given to Goebel. This infuriated republicans, putting the state on the brink of a civil war.

On the day of the assassination, Goebel walked to the Old State Capitol with two body guards in tow. Reports are conflicting, but many claim that up to six shots were fired at Goebel from the State Building nearby. A shot to the chest mortally wounded Goebel, who died just four days later. Naturally, the main suspect was Taylor, who fled to Indiana to avoid indictment.

In total, sixteen people were indicted, with only five ever going to trial. Two of the five were acquitted, with convictions being handed down to Caleb Powers, Henry Youtsey, and Jim Howard. Powers was Taylor’s Secretary of State, Youtsey was an alleged intermediary, and Howard was said to be the actual assassin. The case went to trial multiple times, but eventually, all involved were pardoned.


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The turbulent career of William Goebel (1856–1900), which culminated in assassination, marked an end-of-the-century struggle for political control of Kentucky. Although populism had become a strong force in the nation, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and ex-Confederates still dominated the state and its Democratic party. Touting reforms and attaching the railroad monopoly, Goebel challenged this old order.

A Yankee in a state that fancied itself southern, Goebel had to depend on a strong organization to win votes. As “The Kenton King” he created a new style of politics. To some he was a progressive reformer to others, a tyrannical machine boss. His drive for power and his enemies’ fierce opposition aroused violent political factionalism. Goebel’s fateful duel with a rival, his partisan election law, and his ruthless convention tactics led to the bitterly contested gubernatorial election of 1899 that resulted in his murder. Although the full truth about the murder was never revealed in nearly a decade of trials and the advent of progressive politics was long delayed in Kentucky, Goebel’s death did relieve the state’s political turmoil and induce some legal reforms. Using new sources and fresh perspectives, James C. Klotter portrays Goebel’s tumultuous era and discovers the real man within the obscurity of his conflicting images.

James C. Klotter is professor of history at Georgetown College and the state historian of Kentucky. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including A New History of Kentucky.

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The Assassination of Governor William Goebel

Governor Goebel

Governor William Goebel was the only United States Governor ever to be assassinated while in office. His death was the result of a heated rivalry between himself and Governor William Taylor. William Goebel was a Democrat who was a proponent of women’s and African-American civil rights. He was not a well-liked man in many political circles and was even charged with the murder of another politician, John Stanford. However, he was acquitted of the charges.

During the 1899 Kentucky elections, Republican William Taylor beat Democratic William Goebel 193,714 to 191,331. However, the Democratic General Assembly suspected that the election had been rigged and therefore challenged it. Following the start of the appeal, Goebel received death threats. It was said that if he won the appeal, he would be killed.

On January 30, 1900, William Goebel walked up the steps of the State Capitol Building, escorted by bodyguards. A sniper shot him on the steps from the office of the Secretary of State. The wounded man was removed to a hospital while a search for the assassin was conducted. The gunman was never discovered, officially. However, he may have been arrested later and never identified as the man who pulled the trigger.

The appeal showed that William Goebel had won the election. He was sworn in as Governor of Kentucky as he lay dying from his wounds in the hospital, on January 31, 1900. He died three days later, on February 3, 1900. He was laid to rest at the Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Sixteen men were indicted on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the case of the assassination of Governor William Goebel. Among these men were, Taylor’s Secretary of State-Caleb Powers, Henry Youtsey and Jim Howard. The thinking was that Caleb had planned the assassination in order to keep his boss in office. His boss, William Taylor was also indicted, but he fled to Indiana after the shooting and refused to return. Five of the sixteen men who were indicted were found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Among them were Youtsey, Powers, Howard and Taylor.

Governor Wilson pardoned four of the five men who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murder of Governor William Goebel in 1908. Youtsey was not pardoned. It was Wilson’s thinking that Youtsey was the man who pulled the trigger and killed William Goebel. Nonetheless, it is still unknown whether he was guilty or not.


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For the Love of Porcelain

January 30th, 1871

The story begins on January 30 th , 1871 with Franz Detleff and William Goebel, the founders of the company. They establish a factory “dedicated to the senses” (which later becomes a company slogan). William Goebel and his father Franz Detleff found “F. & W. Goebel”. The first porcelain factory (which was later called “Wilhelmsfeld”) opens in 1878 in Oeslau-Rödental near Coburg.

Around 1905

Around 1905 The crown above the monogram “WG” marks the transition of the company to William Goebel in 1893. Germany celebrates its Kaiser era and Goebel is part of it. Luxury porcelain, the dream of many, is also sold in America. In Goebel’s impressive factory, small sculptures in Meissen Rococo style are also created. Animal figurines bring the ambience of nature and the exotic into the living rooms of many, while charming figurines of children bring a smile. Goebel also produces bowls, small censers and much more… always in tune with the lifestyle of the times.

1911 Max Louis Goebel takes over the management of the factory. Educated in the booming metropolis of New York City, he, too, loves art…and knows how to combine this passion with business. Goebel becomes a place of innovations. By the year 1919, the luxury brand “Kunstwerkstätten Wilhelmsfeld” is evidence of this innovative spirit.

1921/1931

1921/1931 The Roaring Twenties make their entry at Goebel. Figurines and design elements in Art Deco style conquer the collection. On the occasion of the company‘s 60th anniversary in 1931, many factory modernizations are announced.

1935 Grandson Franz Goebel also proves to be a man of vision. An exclusive agreement with Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel and the Convent of Siessen grants Goebel the exclusive right to adapt the artist’s drawings into three-dimensional porcelain figurines. The famous Hummel figurines are born and become a “million seller” in America. For many years Goebel has been known as the “Hummelwerk“.

1950 Walt Disney, already famous for his legendary characters, also sits at the negotiating table with Franz Goebel. This is the year that Bambi and her friends enriched the Goebel collection.

1953 Heinz Schaubach hands over to his friend Franz Goebel many of his designs. The “Schaubach-Kunst” becomes part of the Goebel assortment.

1971 Goebel celebrates its 100 th anniversary. The highlight of the ceremonies is the unveiling of the larger than lifesize M.I.Hummel “Merry Wanderer“ figure which stands in front of the company building.

1977 The Goebel Collectors‘ Club is founded in the USA, which is the first club of its kind worldwide. This marks a further milestone in Goebel’s success history.

1981 With the “Goebel Galerie” the family-owned company inspires contemporary artists to create new works using porcelain. Unique, exciting pieces are the result of this daring experiment.

1993 Establishment of the business division Gifts and Decorative Accessories. The close cooperation with new artists is continued and the product range enlarged. The foundation stone for today‘s assortment is laid.

2000 By the turn of the millennium, Goebel is one of the most important porcelain brands, with pieces residing in many museums and collections worldwide. Within the following years extensive reorganisations take place which were the consequences of 11 September 2001 and the corresponding market warpings emerging from this.

2006 The principal creditor bank Merrill Lynch refuses the continuation of financing and hence provokes the insolvency of the company.

2007 The business activity of W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik is being continued by Goebel Porzellanmanufaktur GmbH, the shareholders are international investment companies.

2008 Divestment of the M.I. Hummel division. The Hummel figurines are still crafted by hand with loving care by the company Manufaktur Rödental.

2009 Return to the core business with “Gifts and Decorative Accessories” and thus back to the “white gold” (porcelain) for connoisseurs…that is, porcelain for those who want the very best. History becomes present… and future.

2010 Goebel remains a family run business. Since September 1 st , 2010 Goebel Porzellan has a new owner, PM Kapital GmbH & Co. KG, Bad Staffelstein. This company has already been active in the ceramic industry for many years and is also shareholder of Kaiser-Porzellan in Bad Staffelstein.

Under the roof of PM Kapital, two companies are now united, both of which have a similarly long history in the ceramic industry of Upper Franconia. Goebel was founded in 1871 and Kaiser Porzellan in 1872. Both companies will, however, maintain their legal independence in the future.

“What comes together, belongs together,” says Hans-Peter Langsch, CEO, who has been with the Goebel company since 1993. He was the one who, at that time, was assigned by Wilhelm Goebel to establish the Gifts and Decorative Accessories division. Both companies are active in almost identical distribution channels, markets and technologies, but differ in their product alignment.

April 2016

April 2016 Hummel Manufaktur and Goebel Porzellan have agreed on a new marketing and sales cooperation. Goebel will be the M.I. Hummel distributor for Germany, Europe and Asia. The well-known M.I. Hummel figurines are still produced in the Hummel factory in Rödental. Product development and the M.I.Hummel Club remain in the hands of Hummel Manufaktur. This cooperation has meanwhile ended.

May 2016

May 2016 The complete administration of Goebel has moved from Roedental to Bad Staffelstein, the Goebel Factory Outlet remains in Roedental. The Goebel Showroom where regional in-house exhibitions and larger meetings take place was in Bad Staffelstein already for some time.

July 2020

July 2020 Goebel Porzellan under new management - Generation change in the management team of the traditional company from Bad Staffelstein

"It's time to transfer responsibility for the company's destiny into younger hands," says the previous managing director and representative of the company's general meeting, Hans-Peter Langsch, who joined the company in 1993 under the aegis of Wilhelm Goebel. The "newcomers" have also been associated with the company for many years and have proven in the second line that they have learned and understood their profession.

The previous sole responsibility will in future rest on three shoulders: marketing, product management and human resources will be the responsibility of Uwe Dzyck (50), who took over as head of the Marketing Services department in 2012. Sales and IT will be taken over by Markus Hofmann-Schneyer (40), who has been with the company in various sales positions since 2007 and took over overall sales management in 2019. Daniela Vetter (49), who started out as a purchaser at Goebel in 1998, will take over as head of the Sourcing department in 2011 and, since 2013, as managing director of the affiliated company, Global Supply Management GmbH, will head the Purchasing and Finance departments.

"I had the opportunity to get to know all three of them as competent, loyal and confident managers who have their hearts in the right place and have understood the general conditions of a medium-sized company that plays a significant role in Germany and international markets. They have not only accompanied the company's transformation from a supplier of decorative accessories with a focus on figurines - Goebel produced the Hummel figurines until 2007 - to a marketer of art-inspired lifestyle products, but have also played a decisive role in shaping it. They enjoy my full confidence and I am convinced that they will continue to successfully develop the spirit and tradition of the Goebel brand, both internally and externally, well beyond its 150th year", says the current managing director, who, like Wilhelm Goebel, will continue to support the company as an advisor.

Goebel today

Today, Goebel is active in more than 60 countries and supports more than 2,000 specialist retailers internationally. The collection consists of around 2,000 decorative and functional products, almost all of which feature works by living or classic artists. The spectrum ranges from classics such as Monet or Van Gogh to modern Pop Art artists such as Britto, Rizzi, Fazzino or Billy the Artist, who find their interpretation on a variety of products. The range includes key rings, high-quality Fine Bone China coffee mugs, bags and umbrellas. Art lovers are particularly interested in limited editions and sculptures, which are mainly sold in galleries. The popular Rosina Wachtmeister cats with their typical faces, the adorable Goebel Christmas angels and the Easter bunnies, whose origins go back to the 1950s, round off the portfolio.

Like Kaiser Porzellan in Bad Staffelstein, Goebel has been part of the PM Kapital Group since 2010 and employs around 80 people here in Germany, mainly in Bad Staffelstein, but also in the factory outlets in Rödental and Selb.


Little Bits of History

1900: William Goebel, 34 th Governor of Kentucky, dies. Goebel was born in 1856 in Pennsylvania to German immigrant parents. He was born two months early and weighed less than three pounds at birth. He miraculously survived. His father served with the Pennsylvania Infantry during the US Civil War and after his discharge, moved the family to Covington, Kentucky. William was apprenticed to a jeweler in Cincinnati, Ohio just across the river from his family home and then went to apprentice with a law firm of Kentucky Governor, John Stevenson. Goebel eventually became a partner in the firm after he graduated from Cincinnati Law School. He had to support his family after his father’s death and eventually partnered with John Carlisle, a Kentucky State Senator, before returning to Stevenson.

Goebel never married, the only Kentucky Governor to remain a bachelor, and was not particularly social, although he was of above average intellect and well read. While he didn’t socialize, he knew what the common man was hoping to have the government do for him. In 1887, James Bryan vacated his seat in the State Senate and Goebel chose to run for it, representing Covington. His platform of railroad regulation and his support of labor causes, along with the backing of Stevenson, should have made it easy for him to win, a third party rose in the area with about the same platform. Democrat Goebel won the election by just 56 votes. It was a partial term of two years before another election and he needed to make a name for himself quickly.

He did so by actually following through on his campaign promises and he won reelection easily. While he was able to discern what the voting public wanted, his lack of social skills hurt his political life. He was known as irascible and easily broke alliances if a better deal came along. He was able to use the political machinery to help advance his own personal agenda. This earned him several unflattering nicknames – “Boss Bill”, “the Kenton King”, “Kenton Czar”, “King William”, and “William the Conqueror” among them.

During the 1899 Governor’s race, he made many enemies. He divided the Democrat party into factions at a time when the Republican party was gaining strength in the state. Along with his abrasive personality, he was at a political disadvantage. However, he managed to defeat William Taylor. The race over, the animosity remained as results were in dispute. Goebel was walking to the Old State Capitol on January 30,1900 flanked by two bodyguards when he was shot in the chest. He was seriously wounded and Taylor called out the militia. Even with all this, on the following day, Goebel was sworn in as governor. His only act as head of state was to cancel the call for the militia. He died on this day and with his death, a peace of sorts returned. His lieutenant governor, JCW Beckham, was given the leadership. Everyone charged in connection with the assassination was acquitted or pardoned and the killer remains unknown. Goebel remains the only US governor to be assassinated while in office.

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William Goebel - History

Posted on 11/04/2019 3:30:55 PM PST by NRx

On January 30, 1900, William Goebel was walking to the Old Sate Capitol in Frankfurt, Kentucky, to meet with the legislature regarding the results of a contested gubernatorial election. As he reached the stairs to the building, a shot rang out. The story of the only sitting governor in United States' history to be assassinated is history that deserves to be remembered.

Long ago, when I was asking family members about family history, I was told the story of our cousin, William Goebel. I had never heard about him so I did a little research. It isn’t clear who assassinated him and may never be known with certainty. When I tell the story to professional colleagues, they react with surprise—it isn’t a well-known tale, but it is an interesting mystery.

“. The story of the only sitting governor in United States’ history to be assassinated. ”

And there are so many now that deserve it.

Interesting video about a little known assassination. That is what the History Channel used to be about. Now it’s mostly crap.

Agreed! Now it's mostly space alien nonsense.

Uh, NO! Huey Long, governor of Louisiana, was assassinated outside of the capitol building in Baton Rouge.

So what did William Goebel do that upset Hillary?

Long was a Senator when he was killed.

Somewhat related:
My dad was in the crowd in Miami in 33 when someone took a shot at FDR and hit Cermak, the mayor of Chicago, and a few others, instead. Cermak and a woman died.

Duel with John Sanford[edit]

In 1895, Goebel engaged in what many observers considered to be a duel with John Lawrence Sanford. Sanford, a former Confederate general staff officer turned banker, had clashed with Goebel before. Goebel’s successful campaign to remove tolls from some of Kentucky’s turnpikes cost Sanford a large amount of money. Many believed that Sanford had blocked Goebel’s appointment to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, then the state’s highest, in retaliation.[8] Incensed, Goebel had written an article in a local newspaper referring to Sanford as “Gonorrhea John.”[9]

The climax came when Goebel and two acquaintances went to Covington to cash a check. Goebel suggested they avoid Sanford’s bank, but Sanford, standing outside the bank, spoke to the men before they could cross the street to a different bank. Sanford greeted Goebel’s friends, offering them his left hand. However, Goebel noticed that Sanford’s right hand was on a pistol concealed in his pocket. Having come armed himself, Goebel clutched the revolver in his own pocket. Sanford confronted Goebel and said, “I understand that you assume authorship of that article.” “I do,” replied Goebel. According to witnesses, both men then drew their pistols, but no one was sure which had fired first. Sanford’s bullet passed through Goebel’s coat and ripped his trousers, but left him uninjured. Goebel’s own shot fatally struck Sanford in the head, he dying five hours later.[8] Goebel pleaded self-defense and was acquitted, but the shooting haunted the rest of his political career.[3] The acquittal was significant because the Kentucky constitution prohibited duelling. If Goebel had been convicted of duelling, he would have been ineligible to hold any public office.[10]

Curious so did some Googling. Looks like in addition to your family member, two territorial governors were assassinated. (Realize territory is not the same as a state. Governors appointed, not elected, among other things.)


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