Joseph Patrick Teasdale (March 29, 1936 – May 8, 2014) was an American politician. A Democrat, he served as the 48th Governor of Missouri from 1977 to 1981.
Teasdale was born in Kansas City, Missouri to parents William and Adah (Downey) Teasdale.Teasdale’s father was a prominent Kansas City attorney,His grandfather, William B. Teasdale, was also an attorney, prosecutor, and member of the Missouri State Senate and considered “One of the men who made Kansas City.” Joseph Teasdale and his three sisters were raised as devout Catholics. Teasdale was a multi-sport athlete while attending Rockhurst High School and would later be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Following graduation from high school he attended St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas where he was a member of the schools 1954 NAIA National Champion basketball team. Teasdale later earned an undergraduate degree from Rockhurst University, and a law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law.
From 1962 to 1966, Joe Teasdale served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, where among his other duties he led the organized crime division. It was also in the early 1960s that he enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve, with his primary duty being at Whiteman Air Force Base where Airman 3rd Class Teasdale performed legal staff duties for the 442nd Military Airlift Wing.
In 1973, Teasdale was wed to the former Theresa Ferkenhoff. The couple had three sons, Bill, John, and Kevin. His middle son, John, was a multisport standout at Rockhurst High School like his father before him, and later played offensive tackle at the University of Notre Dame.
Joe Teasdale died on May 8, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri, of complications from pneumonia.