The late Governor/Senator was one of the kindest public servants I ever had the pleasure of meeting.
We shared the dais on the courthouse square in my hometown my junior year of high school when he was in town stumping for school funding. Each of the five schools in the county sent a representative to speak, and I was the only student selected (the others sent a teacher, and administrator, a parent and a board member, as I recall), and the Governor really made a big deal of it. I still have a picture of the two of us together at the podium, and then years later he sent me a letter on his Senatorial stationary congratulating me on something or other I'd done in my early radio days, and I still have the letter in my office.
He was a blast at the State Fair, too. Insisted on maintaining the tradition of sleeping in the barns one night of the fair, took his grandkids all over, just a really nice guy.