United States gubernatorial elections, 1965

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United States gubernatorial elections were held in November 1965, in two states.

New Jersey

A major driver of the 1965 race was taxes, or at least that was the plan, until a university teacher made a smart remark concerning the Vietnam War. After his re-election win, Hughes tried to do an income tax, but that bill died. The tax would come into play after the state Supreme Court handed down a decision concerning property taxes for schools in 1973. Hughes would become Chief Justice in 1974, and after much battling with then-Gov. Brendan Byrne and the New Jersey Legislature concerning taxes for public education, the income tax finally made it to New Jersey.[1]


The 1965 Virginia's Governor's Race was colorful in that not only a new governor emerged, (Mills E. Godwin, Jr.), who would go on to serve the term as a Democrat and later serve another term as a Republican in the 1970s,[2] but that another opponent, A. Linwood Holton, Jr., would go on to serve a term as Virginia's first Republican Governor since Reconstruction.[3] Not to mention that George Lincoln Rockwell, the 'American Hitler', ran in this race.[4][5]


State Incumbent Party Status Opposing Candidates
New Jersey Richard J. Hughes Democratic Re-elected, 57.39% Wayne Dumont, Jr. (Republican) 41.08%
Robert Lee Schlachter (Conservative) 0.93%
Christopher C. Vespucci (Veterans Choice) 0.24%
Julius Levin (Socialist Labor) 0.21%
Ruth F. Shiminsky (Socialist Workers) 0.14%[6]
Virginia Albertis S. Harrison, Jr. Democratic Term-limited, Democratic victory Mills E. Godwin, Jr. (Democratic) 47.89%
A. Linwood Holton, Jr. (Republican) 37.71%
William J. Story Jr. (Virginia Conservative) 13.38%
George Lincoln Rockwell (Independent) 1.02%[7]


  1. ^ Sullivan, Joseph (8 December 1992). "Richard J. Hughes, Governor and Judge, Dies at 83". nytimes.com. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Governor Mills Edwin Godwin Jr". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Hershman Jr., James. "A. Linwood Holton (1923– )". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "1967: 'American Hitler' shot dead". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Jeansonne, Glen (June–September 1999). "American Fuehrer: George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party (review)". muse.jhu.edu. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "NJ Governor". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "VA Governor". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
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