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Bert T. Combs

Born: Aug 13, 1911

Death: Dec 4, 1991

Birthplace: Manchester

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Bert T. Combs

Date of Birth : Aug 13, 1911
Date of Death : Dec 4, 1991
Birth Place : Manchester

Bertram "Bert" Thomas Combs was a jurist and politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. After serving on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, he was elected the 50th Governor of Kentucky in 1959 on his second run for the office. Following his gubernatorial term, he was appointed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Lyndon B. Johnson, serving from 1967 to 1970. Combs rose from poverty in his native Clay County, Kentucky, to obtain a law degree from the University of Kentucky and open a law practice in Prestonsburg. He was decorated for prosecuting Japanese war criminals before military tribunals during World War II, then returned to Kentucky and his law practice. In 1951, Governor Lawrence Wetherby appointed him to fill a vacancy on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Later that year, he was elected to a full term on the court, defeating former governor and judge Simeon S. Willis. Kentucky's Democratic Party had split into two factions by 1955 when Earle C. Clements, the leader of one faction, chose Combs to challenge A. B. "Happy" Chandler, who headed the other, in the upcoming gubernatorial primary.


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  • Judge

Also known as

  • Bert Combs
  • Judge Bert T. Combs


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