Former Republican Vermont Gov. F. Ray Keyser Jr. dies at 87

FILE - In a May 23, 1997 file photo, four former Vermont governors stand on the Statehouse lawn, in Montpelier, Vt. From left, Tom Salmon, Robert Stafford, F. Ray Keyser and Phil Hoff. F. Ray Keyser Jr., the former Republican governor of Vermont, died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his daughter's home in Brandon, said Dennis Cilley, director of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home. He was 88. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — F. Ray Keyser Jr., the former Republican governor of Vermont whose 1962 defeat by a Democrat is seen as a turning point in the state’s transition from one of the most conservative in the country to one of the most liberal, has died. He was 87.

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