Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Politics and Government
Series Number: OH168 (Session 3)
Interviewee: Nunn, Louie Broady
Interviewer: James W. Hammack, Jr.
Date interviewed: April 15, 1974
Processed by: Benjamin J. Drake
Date processed: March 28, 2012
Description: 2 sound discs (74 minutes)
Abstract: Louie Broady Nunn discusses his political career after his term as Governor. He lists the gubernatorial candidates he assisted and mentored and his impression of them. Nunn examines his failed United States Senate race in 1972 and his shortcomings that led to his loss. The session concludes with his describing his life after holding a major political office and the future of the Republican Party both in Kentucky and nationally.
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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