Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Fall 1991

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Political Science


Richard P. Heil


This is a case study of the political orientation of McDill “Huck” Boyd, newspaper publisher from Phillipsburg, Kansas. The definitions of professional and amateur politicians as introduced by James Q. Wilson and test by Thomas H. Roback are applied and tested. Data was collected over a three month period. It includes information from Mamie Boyd’s biography, oral interviews with Boyd family and friends and news clippings relevant to the gubernatorial campaigns of 1960 and 1964. Analysis was made of this data in regard to family background, political socialization and political orientation.


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