Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Politics and Government
Series Number: OH174 (Session 1)
Interviewee: Barton, Lon Carter
Interviewer: Saundra Hoover
Date interviewed: November 15, 1979
Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in April and May 2012.
Date processed: May 22, 2012
Description: 1 sound disc (51 minutes)
Abstract: Lon Carter Barton discusses his political career in the Kentucky State Legislature in the early 1960s. The interview begins with a biographical description of Barton's life up to his time in the state legislature. He recounts his decision to enter politics and campaigning for office. He recalls the gubernatorial terms of Happy Chandler, Bert T. Combs, and Edward T. Breathitt and offers opinions upon their service to the state. He mentions constitutional amendments argued in the legislature and gives his opinions on future amendments to state constitution.
Biographical / Historical note: Lon Carter Barton was born on September 18, 1925 in Mayfield, Kentucky. He attended Murray State College (presently Murray State University) and began teaching at Mayfield in 1947. In 1951, he was drafted into the Army and stationed at Indian Gap, Pennsylvania before being shipped to Korea. He was discharged in 1953 and returned to teaching before campaigning for the State legislature in 1957. He served as a State Representative in the Kentucky Legislature from 1958 until 1966. He returned to teaching in Mayfield the following year. He died at his home in Mayfield on March 28, 2006.
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