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Former Governor William Guy Dead at the Age of 93


Former governor Bill Guy passed away today at a care facility in the Fargo area.

Guy was elected governor four times--more than any other North Dakota governor--serving twelve years.

He was known on the national stage for his friendships with president's Kennedy and Johnson.

At home, he helped lead our state into the modern world.

Bill Guy was governor of North Dakota from 1961 to 1973. He was born in Devils Lake, but lived in Cass County farming at Amenia.

He was a county agent, teacher and legislator.

"In fact he was courted by both the republican and democratic party when he first began in local politics in Cass County and everyone realized this man has a great mind, he's extremely articulate, he listens well and he has vision for what this state can be and he's not afraid to say North Dakota's as important a state as California, or New York," says Clay Jenkinson of The Dakota Institute.

Jenkinson says Guy had gumption. His spirit and resourcefulness led to relationships with President John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

"So Bill Guy is a much bigger figure than just a great North Dakotan. He was a national figure and in fact he was one of our first national figures and his death leaves a kind of a void in statesmanship in North Dakota," says scholar Clay Jenkinson.

The interstate highway system, development of the coal industry and Garrison Diversion Project all took place on Guy's watch

"He believed that this state could be another in the great states of American states and we didn't' have to be a rural backwater and in doing so he changed the attitude of north Dakota life and the economy that we are all enjoying is basically a follow up on the set of economic protocols that Bill Guy developed in the 1960's. He reformed North Dakota government," says Jenkinson.

William Guy was North Dakota's 26th and longest serving governor. He was 93 years old.>>


Guy established the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award and gave the first to Lawrence Welk.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, and five children.

A Memorial Service will be held next Thursday in Bismarck at 10:00am at First Presbyterian Church.

A private burial will follow at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery.


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