Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991

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Happy Chandler was Major League Baseball Commissioner (1945-1951). Jim Gallagher, a sports wirter, had a long career in baseball. He served on the Playing rules Committee and as the Director of Amateur and College Baseball for the Commissioner's office during the tenures of Chandler, Frick, Eckert and Kuhn. prior to his time with the Commissioner's office, he was the General Manager of the Chicago Cubs and Scouting Director for the Phillies.

From the description of Letter, 1965, February 23. (National Baseball Hall of Fame). WorldCat record id: 45557616

Happy Chandler was the second Major League Baseball Commissioner (1945-1951).

From the description of Letter, 1981, October 7. (National Baseball Hall of Fame). WorldCat record id: 45557615

Governor, U.S. Senator, Commissioner of Baseball

Chandler, a native of Henderson County, Ky., attended Transylvania University, Harvard Law School, and the University of Ky. Law School. In the 1920's was assistant football coach at Centre College. He established a law practice in Versailles in 1925 and married Mildred Watkins the same year. In 1928 he was appointed Master Commissioner of Woodford County and soon won election to the state Senate. Chandler held the second place on the winning 1931 gubernatorial ticket headed by Ruby Laffoon. He became the governor's political enemy during their tenure in office, however, and opposed Laffoon's sales tax bill. He won two Democratic primaries and the general election to capture the governorship in 1935.

In 1938 he challenged Alben Barkley for the U.S. Senate, but was unsuccessful. Kentucky's other U.S. Senator, M.M. Logan, died the following year, however, and Chandler resigned as governor and was appointed to the vacancy. Chandler won the special election for the seat in 1940 and won a full term in 1942. He resigned from the Senate in 1945 when he was chosen Commissioner of Baseball. Chandler failed to win re-election to a second term as Commissioner in 1951. He did, however, win a second term as governor in 1955. His name was placed in nomination for President at the 1956 Democratic convention and received 36 1/2 first ballot votes. After losing the governorship in 1959, Chandler sought the office three more times, losing twice in Democratic primaries and once as an independent.

From the description of Albert B. Chandler papers, 1920-1974. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13018403

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creatorOf Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991. Letters received by Demetrius Heliopolis, 1930-1961. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Nicholas County Memorial Library oral history collection, 1976-1986. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
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referencedIn Memorabilia from inaugurations of Kentucky governors, 1911-1995. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Governor Albert Benjamin Chandler. Northern Kentucky University, W. Frank Steely Library
referencedIn Underwood, Thomas R. (Thomas Rust), 1898-1956. Thomas R. Underwood papers, 1896-1956, 1923-1935. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Coleman, J. Winston (John Winston), 1898-1983. J. Winston Coleman papers, 1780-1965 1935-1965. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Kentucky. Secretary of State. Governor's requisitions : Governor A. B. Chandler, 1955-1959. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
referencedIn Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985. Earle C. Clements papers, 1940-1960. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn National League of Professional Baseball. National League Meetings, Minutes, Conferences and Financial Ledgers : records 1876-1992 1899-1992. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
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creatorOf Johnson, Keen, 1896-. Papers, 1896-1970. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
referencedIn Henry Edwards Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1933-1947. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Wetherby, Lawrence W. (Lawrence Winchester), 1908-. Lawrence W. Wetherby papers, 1926-1958, 1950-1955 (bulk dates) University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991. Letter, 1965, February 23. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991. Bert T. Combs Collection, 1959-1990. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Hansbrough, Elizabeth Kathleen, 1892-1971. Elizabeth Kathleen Hansbrough : added papers, 1907-1947. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Bingham, Barry, 1906-1988. George Barry Bingham : papers, 1861-1989. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Turner Marie R., 1899-1984. Marie R. Turner Oral History Project, 1982-1987. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
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referencedIn Papers, 1899-1997. University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
referencedIn [Player file : Chandler, Albert Benjamin, 1945- / compiled by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Kentucky. Secretary of State. Governor's proclamations : Governor A. B. Chandler, 1956-1959. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
creatorOf Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966. Papers of Harry Flood Byrd [manuscript] 1911-65. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Griffith, Clark, 1869-1955. Clark Griffth Letters, 1949-1951. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
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referencedIn Kentucky. Secretary of State. Governor's executive orders : Governor A. B. Chandler, 1956-1959. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
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referencedIn Kentucky. Secretary of State. Kentucky Colonel appointments : Governor A. B. Chandler, 1956-1959. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
referencedIn Lloyd, Arthur Y., 1908-1986. Arthur Y. Lloyd interviews, 1980. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Kentucky. Secretary of State. Governor's appointments : Governor A. B. Chandler, 1956-1959. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
creatorOf Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. Tom Wallace papers, 1925-1960. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Wilson, E. Reed, 1891-1969. E. Reed Wilson papers, 1935-1945 1936-1939. University of Kentucky Libraries
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creatorOf Nance, E. L. Letters, 1940. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Smither family. Smither family papers, 1804-1961. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Albert B. (Happy) Chandler letter to Abraham Mandelstam, 1943 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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referencedIn Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953. Frederick Moore Vinson papers, 1907-1953. University of Kentucky Libraries
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associatedWith Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956. person
correspondedWith Bingham, Barry, 1906-1988. person
associatedWith Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966. person
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correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Chandler, Mildred Watkins. person
associatedWith Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985. person
associatedWith Coleman, J. Winston (John Winston), 1898-1983. person
associatedWith Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991. person
associatedWith Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Ky.) corporateBody
associatedWith Dickinson, Nancy F., person
associatedWith Donovan, Herman Lee, 1887-1964. person
associatedWith Du Pont, Ethel Bidermann, 1896-1980. person
associatedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969. person
associatedWith Gallagher, Jim, person
associatedWith Green Line System. corporateBody
associatedWith Griffith, Clark, 1869-1955. person
associatedWith Hansbrough, Elizabeth Kathleen, 1892-1971. person
associatedWith Hardy, Marshall B., Jr., b. 1918. person
associatedWith Harrison, William Benjamin, 1889-1948. person
associatedWith Holtzman, Jerome. person
associatedWith Johnson, Keen, 1896- person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. person
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associatedWith Laffoon, Ruby, 1869-1941. person
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associatedWith Logan, M. M. (Marvel Mills), 1875-1939. person
correspondedWith Mann, Arthur, 1901-1963. person
associatedWith Morton, Thruston B. (Thruston Ballard), 1907-1982. person
associatedWith Nance, E. L. person
associatedWith National League of Professional Baseball. corporateBody
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. person
associatedWith Perkins Carl D., 1912-1984 person
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correspondedWith Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Shouse, Jouett, 1879-1968. person
associatedWith Smither family. family
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associatedWith Tachau, Jean Brandeis, 1894-1978. person
associatedWith Transylvania University. corporateBody
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associatedWith Turner Marie R., 1899-1984 person
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associatedWith Underwood, Thomas R. (Thomas Rust), 1989-1956. person
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associatedWith Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. person
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associatedWith Wetherby, Lawrence W. (Lawrence Winchester), 1908- person
associatedWith Wilson, E. Reed, 1891-1969. person
associatedWith Woodson, Urey, 1859-1939. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Kentucky
United States
Subject
Baseball--History
Baseball commissioners
Governor
Presidents--Election--1956
Political parties
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Birth 1898-07-14

Death 1991-06-15

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