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Breathitt, Edward Thompson Jr.

Born: 1924 AD
Died: 2003 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Politician

1924 – Born on November 26th in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. American politician.

1942 – He served the U.S. Army Air Corps.

1948-1950 – Received his B.S. and LL.B. from the University of Kentucky.

1952 – He became interested in politics and served as President of the Young Democrats Clubs of Kentucky.

         – He was Chairman of the State Speaker’s Bureau for Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaign.

         – He was elected to three terms in the Kentucky General Assembly, and was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Mental Health and of the State Public Service Commission.

1954 – Worked on the state campaign staff in former Vice President Alben Barkley’s successful bid for re-election to the U. S. Senate.

1963 – He was elected as Governor of Kentucky.

         – He was named to the Executive Committee of the National Governors’ Conference and was Chairman of its Natural Resources Committee.

1964-1967 – He and his administration received numerous awards, including: a Lincoln Key Award for leadership in passage of state civil rights bill; Society of Industrial Investors’ top award for the best industrial development program; Midwest Travel Writer’s Association’s top national award for the best travel promotion; U. S. Department of Interior Distinguished Service Award for contributions to conservation; and Conservationist of the Year Award from "Outdoor Life" magazine.

         – He became Special Counsel in Kentucky for Southern Railway in December.

         – Edward Thompson Breathitt Jr. was named to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni in February.

1968 – He was named Director of the Institute for Rural America, funded by the Ford Foundation, and in September was appointed Federal Representative on the Southern Interstate Nuclear Board.

1971-1972 – He was elected Chairman of the Coalition for Rural America. He became Vice President, Public Affairs, for Southern Railway on March 1st.

2003 – Died on October 11th in Lexington, Kentucky.