Trail End

Politics As Usual

Personalities, Scandals & Legacies 
in American & Wyoming Politics, 1912-1932

John B. Kendrick & Robert D. Carey near the Grand Tetons (AHC)

Four Wyoming Governors (AHC)

A Whole-House Exhibit at the Trail End State Historic Site

April 2016 - December 2016

 State Historic Site


Partisan Politics

​UNLIKE TODAY, WHEN partisanship is everything, Kendrick’s ability to work with men from both parties actually increased his popularity both at home and in Washington. When he died in early November 1933, both Democrats and Republicans mourned his passing. Many tributes flowed in from Republicans in the days after his death, tributes that focused on his ability to work both sides of the aisle.

Senator Arthur Capper, a Kansas Republican, noted:

Senator Kendrick and I were thrown much together, in spite of the fact that he and I were of different political faiths. But when it came to matters affecting the welfare of the nation, I soon found that he measured legislation proposed on its merits and not from any narrow partisan viewpoint.

Oregon Republican Senator Charles L. McNary continued in a similar vein:

I served with Senator Kendrick for nearly sixteen years. I always found him courageous, independent, dependable, and above all, always reliable. His word was as good as the very life he cherished. We on this side of the Chamber join with the Democrats in mourning the loss of so fine a character.


KENDRICK WAS ABLE to get both parties to side with him when it came time to save one of America’s greatest natural wonders, the Grand Tetons. In 1928, when the mountains and lakes north of Jackson were threatened by dams and commercial development, John Kendrick introduced a bill calling for the creation of Grand Teton National Park. Six years later, with more development looming, another Wyoming Senator, Republican Robert Carey, introduced a bill to increase the park’s boundaries. His efforts failed, but they helped pave the way for future legislation; the park was enlarged to its current 310,000 acres in 1950.