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Simeon S. Willis

Born: Dec 1, 1879

Death: Apr 2, 1965

Birthplace: Aid Township

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Simeon S. Willis

Date of Birth : Dec 1, 1879
Date of Death : Apr 2, 1965
Birth Place : Aid Township

Simeon Slavens Willis was the 46th Governor of Kentucky, United States, serving from 1943 to 1947. He was the only Republican elected governor of Kentucky between 1927 and 1967. Willis's family came to Kentucky from Ohio about 1889. After briefly working in the education and journalism fields, Willis read law with private tutors and was admitted to the bar in 1901. He became interested in politics, but his early races for office were unsuccessful with the exception of his four-year stint as city solicitor for Ashland, Kentucky. Finally in 1927, newly elected governor Flem D. Sampson appointed Willis to the Kentucky Court of Appeals—then the court of last resort in the state. Willis went on to win a full four-year term on the court in 1928, and distinguished himself by revising Thornton on the Law of Oil and Gas, a six-volume law reference. He was defeated for re-election to his seat in 1932 and returned to his law practice. After a decade out of politics, Willis was chosen without opposition as the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1943.


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