Ray Blanton,66, who was ousted as governor of Tennessee by...


November 24, 1996

Ray Blanton,66, who was ousted as governor of Tennessee by the state legislature three days early because of a cash-for-clemency scandal in his administration and later went to prison for taking a payoff for a liquor license, died Friday while awaiting a liver transplant.

A former congressman, Blanton was governor from 1975 to 1979. In the waning days of his term, after Blanton pardoned and commuted prison terms for 52 inmates, fellow Democrats joined Republicans to expedite the inauguration of his GOP successor, Lamar Alexander.

Meridel Le Sueur,96, who celebrated early Americans in her fiction for children, died Nov. 14 in Hudson, Wis. Her books, interweaving history and regional lore, included "Little Brother of the Wilderness: The Story of Johnny Appleseed" and "Sparrow Hawk."

Pub Date: 11/24/96

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