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Edward T. Breathitt

Born: Nov 26, 1924

Death: Oct 11, 2003

Birthplace: Hopkinsville

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Edward T. Breathitt

Date of Birth : Nov 26, 1924
Date of Death : Oct 11, 2003
Birth Place : Hopkinsville

Edward Thompson "Ned" Breathitt, Jr. was a politician from the US state of Kentucky. A member of one of the state's political families, he was the 51st Governor of Kentucky, serving from 1963 to 1967. After serving in World War II and graduating from the University of Kentucky, Breathitt worked on the presidential campaign of Adlai Stevenson, the senatorial campaign of Alben Barkley, and the gubernatorial campaign of Bert T. Combs. When Combs won the governorship in 1959, he appointed Breathitt as personnel commissioner, where he wrote legislation establishing the first merit system for state employees. He continued to hold appointive offices throughout Combs' tenure, and in 1962, Combs endorsed Breathitt to succeed him as governor. Breathitt defeated two-time former governor A. B. "Happy" Chandler in the Democratic primary, ending Chandler's political career. He went on to win the general election over Republican Louie B. Nunn. Breathitt continued Combs' work of improving state highways and parks, improving education funding, and strengthening regulations on strip mining.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician

Also known as

  • Edward Breathitt


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