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Louie B. Nunn

Born: Mar 8, 1924

Death: Jan 29, 2004

Birthplace: Barren County

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Louie B. Nunn

Date of Birth : Mar 8, 1924
Date of Death : Jan 29, 2004
Birth Place : Barren County

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 the position 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. He worked on the campaigns of Republican candidates for national office, including John Sherman Cooper, Thruston Morton, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 1963, but ultimately lost a close election to Democrat Ned Breathitt. An executive order signed by Governor Bert T. Combs that desegregated Kentucky's public services became a major issue in the campaign. Nunn vowed to repeal the order if elected, while Breathitt promised to continue it. In 1967, Nunn again ran for governor. After defeating Marlow Cook in the Republican gubernatorial primary, he eked out a victory over Democrat Henry Ward.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician

Also known as

  • Louie Nunn


  • Beula Cornelius


  • Steve Nunn
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