After a May 29 court ruling ordered him to turn over documents from his political non-profit to the Missouri House Committee (regarding allegations of misconduct), Gov. Eric Greitens resigned on this day five years ago. 

The charismatic former Navy Seal and Rhodes Scholar, who rose to prominence by positioning himself as a “political outsider,” resigned after only a brief time in office. 

Greitens was the 56th governor of Missouri and the first to resign without appointment to another position.  

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

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