West Virginia statesman and author Ken Hechler, whose seven-decade career included stints in the Truman White House and Congress, has died. He was 102.
Hechler’s wife, Carol Hechler, said Sunday her husband died Saturday night at their home in Romney.
Ken Hechler served nine terms in Congress and four terms as West Virginia’s secretary of state.
An Army combat historian in Europe during World War II, Hechler wrote “The Bridge at Remagen.” The 1955 nonfiction best-seller about a key Allied victory became a 1969 film.
After President Harry S. Truman’s 1948 re-election, Hechler landed some research projects for the White House and eventually became a special assistant to Truman, writing speeches and handling other tasks.
In a statement Sunday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called Hechler “a true West Virginia treasure.”
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