Louie B. Nunn

Kentucky Governor
Born Mar 8, 1924

Louie Broady Nunn was the 52nd governor of Kentucky. His election in 1967 made him the first Republican to hold that office since the end of Simeon Willis' term in 1947, and the last to hold it until the election of Ernie Fletcher in 2003. After rendering noncombat service in World War II and graduating from law school, Nunn entered local politics, becoming the first Republican county judge in the history of Barren County, Kentucky.… Read More

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1924 Birth Louie Broady Nunn was born in Park, Kentucky – a small community on the border of Barren and Metcalfe counties – on March 8, 1924. … Read More


1938 14 Years Old In 1938, he matriculated to Hiseville High School. … Read More
1941 17 Years Old After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Nunn departed for Cincinnati, Ohio, to take flying lessons in hopes of becoming a B-17 pilot. … Read More
1943 19 Years Old On June 2, 1943, he enlisted in the Army and received his recruit training at Fort Wolters near Fort Worth, Texas. … Read More


1945 21 Years Old Finally, he transferred to the Army Medical Corps, but his back injury flared up, and he received a medical discharge on September 13, 1945. … Read More
Nunn earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1950.
1953 29 Years Old On June 17, 1953, Nunn declared as a Republican candidate for county judge and was ultimately the only Republican to declare. … Read More


1956 - 1957 2 More Events
1959 35 Years Old He considered running for governor in 1959, but became convinced it would be a bad year for Republicans and did not make the race.
1960 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He managed successful re-election campaigns for Senator Cooper in 1960 and Senator Morton in 1962.
1963 39 Years Old Nunn was the Republican nominee for governor of Kentucky in 1963. … Read More


1967 43 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His election in 1967 made him the first Republican to hold that office since the end of Simeon Willis' term in 1947, and the last to hold the position until the election of Ernie Fletcher in 2003. … Read More
1968 44 Years Old A supporter of President Nixon's law-and-order philosophies, Nunn called out the National Guard to break up violent protests in the state. In May 1968, he sent the Guard to Louisville to break up race-related protests that followed peaceful civil rights marches. … Read More
…  In the 1970 legislative session, the General Assembly enacted Nunn's proposals to eliminate taxes on prescription drugs and the use fee charged on vehicles transferred within families, but rejected his plans to reduce the income tax for low-income families and increase tax credits for the blind and the elderly. … Read More
1972 48 Years Old Following his term as governor, Nunn opened a law practice in Lexington. He campaigned for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1972, losing to Democrat Walter "Dee" Huddleston. … Read More


1975 51 Years Old He continued working on behalf of Republican candidates, and backed Ronald Reagan's primary challenge to incumbent Gerald Ford in 1975.
1979 55 Years Old His last run for office came in 1979 when he was again the Republican nominee for governor against Democrat John Y. Brown, Jr. He decried the excessive spending, expanding government, and increased state employment that had occurred under Democratic administrations. … Read More


1988 64 Years Old In 1988, Nunn unsuccessfully challenged Congressman Jim Bunning in his bid to retain his position as Kentucky's Republican national committeeman.
1994 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Nunn's wife Beula filed for divorce from a hospital bed where she lay dying of cancer. … Read More
1999 75 Years Old In 1999, Nunn again considered a bid for governor, precluding a potential bid by his son, Steve. … Read More
In 2000, he backed the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain.
2003 79 Years Old Nunn was reconciled to his son Steve, and when Steve ran for governor in 2003, Louie supported him.
2004 80 Years Old 1 More Event
Louie B. Nunn died of a heart attack at his home in Versailles, Kentucky, on January 29, 2004, hours after hosting a luncheon with labor leaders seeking help in dealing with the newly elected Fletcher administration.
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