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  Topham, Lawrence Rey
NameLawrence Rey Topham
, Utah , United States
Website [Link]
Born August 11, 1936
DiedFebruary 10, 2008 (71 years)
ContributorUser 13
Last ModifedRBH
Sep 11, 2012 02:00am
InfoToday we profile "Governor" Lawrence Rey Topham (I-UT). What, you thought Olene Walker was Utah's Governor? Well, not in Larry Topham's world! Topham -- who declares on his campaign site that his "favorite food" is "wheat" -- is the quintessential perennial candidate. Over the past 28 years, Topham has run for Salt Lake City Mayor (1995, 1999, 2003), US Senate (1994), Salt Lake City Council (1993), Utah Governor (1980, 1988, 1992), Congress (1978, 1990), and President (1976, 1996, 2000) -- and there are certainly more runs that we missed, as he sometimes was a write-in candidate. And, over those years, he has run as both an Independent and as a nominee of various third parties. Topham is also a bit eccentric. A 68-year-old retiree, he is a zealous advocate of returning the US to the gold standard -- and he refuses to recognize the validity of the dollars (Federal Reserve Notes) currently in use as they are backed by neither silver nor gold. In a 1998 incident, he entered the closed Utah Capitol building near midnight by falsely telling a guard that he worked there. When police officers later found him in the restroom, Topham claimed to be the Secretary of State and declared he was there to seize the Capitol. He was arrested by use of pepper spray, according to court documents. At other times, Topham has declared various officeholders illegitimate, claiming they either didn't properly file their oath of office certificates or didn't pay their filing fees with gold or silver. Topham still persists with these claims, as his 2004 Presidential site declares Topham is currently the "Secretary of State of the State of Utah and Acting Governor during martial law." In fact, Topham apparently declared martial law in Utah in November 1997 because everyone is using that "fake" US money not backed by gold/silver -- which, he declared, now makes him the Governor of Utah. Further, "Governor" Topham has decreed that anyone who works to elect any candidate he deems an unauthorized candidate (i.e., just about every candidate who qualifies for the ballot) is "participating in an unofficial election to overthrow the constitutional government of the State of Utah and its counties and is forbidden by law, and may well be an act of treason." Amusingly, "Secretary of State" Topham even regularly issues his own certificate of official election results (note: candidates named Topham won 4 out the top 8 ballot offices in his 2002 certificate). Since Topham sets his own rules, we presume he'll add "President" to his many other fictional office titles after November.


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Feb 14, 2008 06:00pm Obituary Utah "Gov." Lawrence R. Topham  Article Chronicler 

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