By J.D. Hansard
I’ve been thinking lately about politicians and how they make money. I grew up in Arkansas, and when I was in high school, our governor was Orval Faubus. He served from 1955 until 1967, the longest tenure of any of our governors.
Orval grew up poor and was a postmaster in a small town in the Ozarks. Later, as governor, he and his wife lived frugally, and invested their money. After his 12 years in office he was a millionaire. The salary of our governor back then was between two and three thousand dollars per year, the lowest in the nation.
There are cynical people who believe that his wealth was not entirely due to frugality.
Hansard is a retired math teacher living in Roanoke