The Honorable John Y. Brown, Jr. Governor of Kentucky
John Y. Brown, Jr., became the 51st governor of Kentucky on December 11, 1979. He succeeded incumbent Julian Carroll after defeating Republican candidate Louie B. Nunn.
Born on December 28, 1933, Governor Brown graduated from Lafayette High School in his hometown, Lexington, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 1957. He graduated from the UK College of Law three years later.
The Governor served in the U. S. Army Reserve from 1959 to 1965.
He has been named the Outstanding Young Man of America by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce (1965), as one of the outstanding Civic Leaders of America (1967) and Louisville's Out-
standing Young Man by the same group. Lions Club International gave him an Outstanding American Award (1974) and he is the youngest person to be named to the University of Kentucky's Hall of Fame. He has three children by a pre-
vious marriage, John Y. Brown, III (17), Eleanor (15) and Sandra (14). He married Phyllis George on March 17, 1979 and they recently added a fourth child to the family, Lincoln Tyler George Brown, born in June, 1980.
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