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Author Rodger McDaniel presents unveils new book with program at Historic Governors' Mansion

Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Contact: Christina Bird

Author Rodger McDaniel presents a lecture and book signing for his new book: “Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt” at the Historic Governors’ Mansion, April 2, at 7 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Copies of the book may be purchased that evening and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation.

“Lester Hunt is one of the foremost political figures in Wyoming history. The story of his death is tragic and should be fully told. But it’s the story of his life and his contributions to our way of life that should be remembered,” McDaniel said.

This important biography details the life and political career of the man who designed Wyoming’s “bucking horse” license plate as Secretary of State, served as Governor of Wyoming during World War II, wrote the precursor bill to early Medicaid legislation as Wyoming Senator and ultimately fell victim to McCarthy era politics.

His life brought him to Lander in 1911 as a young baseball player where he fell in love and established his roots with his wife and family as well as his dental practice before embarking on a long and interesting life in politics. Known for his integrity and get it done attitude, Hunt was one of the most popular statesmen Wyoming has ever known and a highly respected public servant.

Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson writes, “Rodger McDaniel has served in elective office, spent nearly 20 years as a trial lawyer, directed the state’s mental health administration, and is also an ordained minister. Rodger brings to this book the fine skills he learned in all of the paths of his own journey. Beyond the rare ability to research, investigate and write a gripping story, Rodger also brings a level of empathy to Lester Hunt’s life story that he richly deserves.”

Join the author at the Historic Governors’ Mansion for a discussion of Lester Hunt’s life and his new book, available for the first time that evening.

The Historic Governors’ Mansion is located at 300 E. 21st Street in Cheyenne. For more information about the Historic Governors’ Mansion programs and/or exhibitions, please call 777-7878.