|Whipple meeting JFK|
Oregon APIC member John Silvertooth sent in a few photos of his Whipple related items.
Here is a ticket to an event at Rex Putnam during his 1964 congressional campaign. The guest speaker was Alaska Senator Ernest Gruening. The Eugene Register Guard wrote about the event. Gruening easily predicted that the Johnson-Humphrey ticket would be the victors in November. At the event he urged Democrats to vote for Whipple over incumbent Walter Norbald. What no one could have predicted was that Norbald would die just 4 days after this event. Whipple would end up running against Norbald's law partner Wendell Wyatt in a special election and regular election held on Election day 1964. He lost both and Wyatt served until 1974.
It was during these years that Whipple would flex his organizing influence in the state by leading state campaigns for Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern.
In 1976 he was one of several candidates to vie for Secretary of State. He won a very contentious primary and faced off against Salem Senator Norma Paulus. Whipple would lose to Paulus, the first woman in Oregon history to be elected to statewide office. This pin was issued by the Oregon Young Democrats.