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Where Seldom Was Heard a Discouraging Word - Bill Guy Remembers

by Bill Guy 

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This is the autobiography of Bill Guy, governor of North Dakota from 1961 to 1973 and one of the most beloved public figures in the history of the state. The North Dakota Institute for Regional studies is delighted to offer this work, not only because of its obvious appeal to readers in the state, but also because it is a contribution to regional studies and identity. This book is North Dakota double-distilled.

With his gift for storytelling, Governor Guy captures the events and personalities of politics in North Dakota and the nation. Readers will chuckle at his recollections of watching Senator Burdick stuff wild plums in his pockets along a western Dakota roadside and be moved by his description of the funeral of President Kennedy. There is excitement here, too, as when a Japanese Kamikaze plane sank young Lieutenant Guy's destroyer off Okinawa, or when an engine fell off the Air National Guard C54 used for gubernatorial travel, endangering both Governor Guy and his wife, Jean.

Bill Guy has always been a dedicated servant of North Dakota. His book both recounts that service and extends it, allowing us to benefit from his experiences.

About the Author

William L. Guy was born in 1919 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. In 1926 his parents moved to Amenia, where he grew up.

Guy attended the North Dakota Agricultural College, graduating in 1941. While there he met Jean Mason, whom he married in 1943. They have five children. After college he served in the Navy, and then returned to civilian life to farm at Amenia.

He was elected to the Legislature in 1958, and in 1960 became the first member of the Democratic-NPL party to be elected governor of North Dakota. He was regularly re-elected, serving two two-year terms and two four-year terms until retiring in 1973. While governor, Guy became a major national figure, advising Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and chairing the National Governor's Conference.

After 1976, when he lost a Senate race to incumbent Milton Young by a mere 186 votes, he retired from politics, but remains active in public life, especially in matters of electric power, water usage, and economic development.


You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me: Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis 

The compelling story of a North Dakota clothier who rescued more than 100 German Jews from the impending Holocaust in Europe, and of how this effort burgeoned into a plan to rescue many more, only to be derailed by the sudden onset of WWII. Herman Stern, himself a Jewish immigrant to the United States, began by sponsoring the immigration of relatives, and expanded his efforts during the thirties until he had developed a plan to settle hundreds of Jewish refugees in North Dakota, and had begun raising money for that purpose. While the onset of the war in 1939 stalled the larger effort, Stern continued to sponsor refugees and was ultimately responsible for more than 140 people coming to America and safety. You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me provides a rare glimpse of how some Americans reacted to the Holocaust as it was developing in Europe. 

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About the Author

Terry Shoptaugh is a professor of history and the University Archivist at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is the author of two previous books on Minnesota and North Dakota history, and is currently writing a book on the role of North Dakota national guard units in World War II.

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