Siam: Some Thai People Wanted Kenneth to Be Their Overlord

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Siam: Some Thai People Wanted Kenneth to Be Their Overlord


The Landons inherited from E. P. Dunlap a book in which were the names of people in a village where Dr. Dunlap had worked. Kenneth used the book to retrieve the people in the village and began to address them by name. He visited the village several times and stayed overnight the third time in the same room as the rest of the family. He became very acquainted with the villagers, and one day he was visted by a couple of men from the village. Later on the young chief from the village came to propose Kenneth to become their overlord. Margaret describes the very ancient feudal manners with which the chief approached Kenneth to become their overlord. It was very moving. Kenneth expressed deep appreciation for the offer but explained the disadvantages associated with the proposal.  Kenneth and Margaret explain that this was the way governments were formed in Thailand since the 1930s.


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993)


January 1, 1930


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Over a course of 13 years Kip Landon (Kenneth Landon Jr.) began recording stories from his parents, Margaret and Kenneth Landon, resulting in 95 hours of recordings. Beginning on July 20, 1976, recording finished in June, 1978. The project resumed again in 1982 for a few months. After a long break, the third recording period began in 1988 and concluded in March 1989.

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Kenneth Landon (1903-1993)



Sound File Location

Box 77: Oral History: "The Landon Chronicles" Tapes 38-54

Clip Location

Hour 54, clip 11


Sub-Series 8: Audio and Video

Main Collection

Series 1: Biographical


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993) , “Siam: Some Thai People Wanted Kenneth to Be Their Overlord,” Digital Exhibits of Wheaton College, accessed September 24, 2020,