Caption: Col. Thomas E. Whitecotton (left), state superintendent of prisons, confers with Lt. Gov. James T. Blair (center) and Missouri Penitentiary warden Ralph Eidson on the morning of Sept. 23, 1954, with the riot still underway. Whitecotton resigned on Nov. 23, 1954, and returned to his position as a Highway Patrol captain, from which he had been on leave. Eidson, a former Camden County sheriff, resigned in December 1955. Blair was elected governor in 1956, replacing fellow Democrat Donnelly. (Post-Dispatch)
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