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OH168b Louie B. Nunn Oral History (Session 2)

Louie B. Nunn Oral History (Session 2)

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Politics and Government

Series Number: OH168 (Session 2)

Interviewee: Nunn, Louie Broady

Interviewer: James W. Hammack, Jr.

Date interviewed: October 23, 1973

Processed by: Benjamin J. Drake

Date processed: March 28, 2012

Description: 7 sound discs (5 hours 36 minutes)

Abstract: Louie Broady Nunn discusses his term as Governor of Kentucky from 1967 to 1971. He examines the issues he faced as Governor including the State Merit System, the public universities and colleges, budgets issues and legalized gambling. The major events of his governorship include the Louisville Race Riots of 1968 and student riots on the University of Kentucky campus in 1970. He also discusses various individuals he met during his tenure in office, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Thelma Stovall, Wendell Butler, Jim Thornton, Margaret Willis, Jim Watson, Fred Karim and Dr. Singletary.

Biographical / Historical note: Louie Broady Nunn was born on March 8, 1924 in Barren County, Kentucky. He attended Hiseville High School where he graduated in 1941. He attended Bowling Green Business University and prior to entering the United States Army attended Tri-State Aviation School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He enlisted in the infantry after attempts to join the Army Air Corps failed. After the war, he pursued a pre-law degree from the University of Cincinnati and in 1950 graduated with a degree in law from the University of Louisville. Nunn opened a law firm in Glasgow and became active in politics. He was elected Barren County Judge on the Republican ticket in 1953 and as governor in 1967. He was a campaign manger during the presidential campaigns of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. In 1974 he ran for a seat in the United States Senate and for Governor in 1979. He was met with defeated in both elections. He died on January 29, 2004.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Nunn, Louie Broady, 1924-2004

Barren County – History.

Hiseville (Ky.)

Governors – Kentucky.

Kentucky – Politics and government.

United States – Politics and government.