A son of former Missouri Gov. Joseph Teasdale says his father has died, he was 78.
The son of the former Democratic governor, Bill Teasdale, announced his father died due to complications from pneumonia late Thursday afternoon in Kansas City surrounded by family.
Joe Teasdale earned the nickname “Walking Joe” for treks that covered 1,000 miles across the state over two years during his nearly primary election campaign in 1972 in which he was narrowly defeated. Teasdale eventually defeated Republican Gov. Christopher S. Bond in 1976 and went on to serve as Missouri’s governor until 1981.
His time as the leader of Missouri was marked by a demeanor described as approachable.