Politics As Usual

Personalities, Scandals & Legacies

in American & Wyoming Politics, 1912-1932

A Whole-House Exhibit at the Trail End State Historic Site

April 2016 - December 2016

Four Wyoming Governors (AHC)

"The madness of this game is certainly fierce."

John B. Kendrick to Eula W. Kendrick, 1912

 State Historic Site

Trail End

Introduction


​WHEN HE FIRST entered the U.S. Senate chamber in 1891 – on a pass courtesy of Wyoming Senator Joseph M. Carey – could John B. Kendrick have dreamed that in twenty-five short years he would be entering the chamber again, this time as Wyoming’s newest senator? For a man who began his working life as an orphaned, ill-educated and penniless cowboy, such dreams must have seemed impossible. But fulfill them he did, becoming not only a politician of national standing, but a successful rancher, millionaire businessman, effective governor and proud family man as well.

Along the way, like most politicians, he picked up his share of detractors - men who would not hesitate to use any means available to bring down the man known as “The Cowboy Senator.” In this exhibit, we’ll examine some of the scandals – those based on fact and those based on fiction – that rocked the careers of Kendrick and other politicians in early 20th Century America. We’ll also explore some of the legacies, both good and bad, they left behind. We think you’ll notice that not much has really changed over the years; that it’s all – politics as usual.

Political Cartoon, Casper Tribune, 1922