Mar 8, 2015 12:45 PM by News Staff
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A former Republican governor of Vermont whose 1962 defeat by a Democrat was seen as a turning point in the state's transition from one of the nation's most conservative states to one of the most liberal has died. F. Ray Keyser Jr. was 88.
The director of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home says Keyser died Saturday at his daughter's home in Brandon.
Keyser served three terms in the state House, including two years as speaker, before becoming Vermont's youngest governor at 34.
Former Republican Gov. Jim Douglas called Keyser "a boy wonder."
Keyser's defeat by Democrat Phil Hoff ended 109 years of Republican control of the Vermont governor's office.
Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin called Keyser "a faithful public servant who showed his love for this state and its people."
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