Conservative Party of Virginia (1965)
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Conservative Party of Virginia 1965

The Conservative Party of Virginia was a United States political party in the state of Virginia during the mid 20th century. The party formed after Mills E. Godwin, Jr. was selected as the Democratic party's candidate for governor in 1965 due to his openly soliciting the votes of African-Americans.[1] 300 delegates met at Richmond, Virginia and formed the party and selected William J. Story, Jr., assistant superintendent of schools, Chesapeake, Va., for Governor; Reid T. Putney, a forestry consultant of Goochland, for Lieutenant-Governor, and John W. Carter for Attorney-General.[2] In 1969 the party ran Beverly McDowell for governor before merging with the Republican party.

See also


  1. ^ "1965 Election Results: Omens for Liberal Republicans".
  2. ^ "Linwood Holton's long quest for the governorship of Virginia and its impact on the growth of the Republican Party".

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