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James C. Kirkpatrick
|32nd Secretary of State of Missouri|
January 11, 1965 – January 8, 1985
|Preceded by||Warren Hearnes|
|Succeeded by||Roy Blunt|
|Born||June 15, 1905|
Braymer, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 26, 1997 (aged 92)|
Warrenburg, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||Central Missouri State College|
He was born in Braymer, Missouri, graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri and Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri. He was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. He started his newspaper career at The Daily Star-Journal in Warrensburg and rose to be its editor. He went on to be editor of the Jefferson City News-Tribune. He purchased weekly newspapers Windsor, Missouri Review and then the Lamar, Missouri Democrat. Governor Forrest Smith asked him to write speeches for him. In 1960 he was defeated by Warren Hearnes in his first bid for Missouri Secretary of State. He won his first term in 1964.
A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Missouri's Secretary of State from 1965 to 1985, establishing the current Missouri record for tenure of an elected state constitutional officer.
Kirkpatrick was a publisher by trade; the Northwest Missouri Press Association gives an annual award bearing his name.
Numerous public facilities in Missouri have been named in Kirkpatrick's honor. Senate Concurrent Resolution 36, passed in 1998, renamed Missouri's State Information Center the James C. Kirkpatrick Information Center. The main library at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, is named the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.
The Student Government Association at the University of Central Missouri has established the "James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award" for outstanding public service and the promotion of higher education in Missouri. This acknowledgment of service is awarded every spring for the past 23 years in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library around St. Patrick's day in honor of Mr. Kirkpatricks heritage.
Past recipients include:
- Governor Matt Blunt,
- Deleta Williams, State Representative and former UCM Board of Governors member,
- Senator Claire McCaskill,
- Governor Jay Nixon,
- Robin Carnahan, Missouri Secretary of State,
- David Pearce, State Representative,
- Paul LeVota, House Democratic Leader.
- Missouri Secretary of State's Office
- Missouri State Senate
- Missouri Press Association
- UCM Student Government Page
Warren E. Hearnes
| Missouri Secretary of State