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Rodger McDaniel

Rodger McDaniel

Rodger McDaniel has written four books including biographies of Wyoming U.S. senators Lester Hunt and Gale McGee. He is a former state legislator and an attorney who currently serves as the pastor at Highlands Presbyterian Church in Cheyenne. Rodger and his wife, Patricia, live in Laramie

Baseball, Politics, Triumph and Tragedy: The Career of Lester Hunt

Democrat Lester Hunt, a charismatic wartime governor in heavily Republican Wyoming, won a U.S. Senate seat in 1948. There, he clashed with Sen. Joseph McCarthy. After Hunt’s son was convicted for soliciting homosexual contact, Hunt was blackmailed by Republican senators and committed suicide—circumstances that remained largely unknown for three decades.

Encyclopedia | Democrat Lester Hunt, a charismatic wartime governor in heavily Republican Wyoming, won a U.S. Senate seat in 1948. There, he clashed with Sen. Joseph McCarthy. After Hunt’s son was convicted for soliciting homosexual contact, Hunt was blackmailed by Republican senators and committed suicide—circumstances that remained largely unknown for three decades.
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