Breathitt, Edward T., 1924-

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Birth 1924-11-26
Death 2003-10-14

Biographical notes:

Edward Thompson Breathitt was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on November 26, 1924 to Edward T. and Mary Jo (Wallace) Breathitt. He enlisted in the Army Air Force and served from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. Mr. Breathitt graduated with a bachelor's degree in commerce in 1948 and a law degree in 1950. Upon receipt of the law degree, he joined a local law firm in Hopkinsville, Ky. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1950. Mr. Breathitt was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1951 and was re-elected in 1954 and 1956. He won the Democratic primary for governor in 1963 and defeated Louie B. Nunn in the election. While he was governor, the Kentucky General Assembly created the University of Kentucky Community College System. Mr. Breathitt served as chair of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees several times. Mr. Breathitt died on October 14, 2003 at the University of Kentucky Hospital.

From the description of Edward T. Breathitt, Jr. papers, 1960-1989, [microform]. (Murray State University). WorldCat record id: 601824154

Lawyer, politician, and governor.

From the description of Letters, 1965-1967. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 46729036


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