During the first half of the 20th century, few Kansans could match Arthur Capper's influence.
A newspaper publisher, philanthropist, two-term governor and five-term U.S. senator, he brought changes to Kansas that are felt more than half a century later.
Capper was born July 14, 1865. He was 10 years old when he began his newspaper career by selling papers.
By the time he was 13, he was working as a "printer's devil," inking the hand press for the printer at his hometown newspaper, the Garnett Journal.
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When Capper graduated from high school, he moved to Topeka and went to work as a printer for the Daily Capital. He also learned to arrange the stories and ads on the pages.
Capper eventually became a newspaper reporter and then owner and publisher of the Topeka Daily Capital, Capper's Weekly, Capper's Farmer and Household Magazine. He also bought two radio stations.
Historian Craig Miner wrote in his book "Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000" that Capper wielded great influence.
"He was the master organizer of chains of Kansas newspapers, and he revolutionized both the technology and the organization of the regional newspaper business early in the 20th century," Miner wrote.
Capper served as governor from 1915 to 1919 and was the first native Kansan elected to the office.
Question: While he was governor, what form of government did Capper authorize for cities and towns?
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