Finding aid prepared by Julie Williams
Wendell H. Ford speeches
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
75M9: [identification of item], Wendell H. Ford speeches, 1971-1975, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
3.15 Cubic feet
Kentucky governor and U.S. senator, Wendell H. Ford is a native of Daviess county, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky and the Maryland School of Insurance. After returning from service in the Army during World War II, he joined his family's insurance firm in Owensboro, Kentucky. He served as chief administrative assistant to Governor Bert T. Combs and was elected as Democratic state senator in 1965. In 1967, he was elected lieutenant governor to serve with Republican governor Louie B. Nunn. In 1971, he was elected governor and three years later he successfully challenged the Republican incumbent to win election to the United States Senate. He was reelected in 1980.
This collection comprises speeches made by Wendell Ford while he served as governor of Kentucky from 1971 to 1975. Organized chronologically, the speeches consist of official speeches made in Ford's capacity as governor of Kentucky and campaign speeches made during his Senatorial campaign. The official speeches include messages to the 1972 and 1974 sessions of Kentucky's General Assembly, statements on such national events as the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon, and remarks on such occasions as the annual Christmas tree lighting in Frankfort and the Fulton, Ky. Banana Festival.