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Object Name Card, Political
Catalog Number 2005.51.56
Date ca, 1970
Material(s) paper;
Dimensions H-2.25 W-4 inches
Description This is a "William E. Smith American Candidate for Governor" card. It has a white background and blue lettering. It has a bluetone photograph of Smith on the left side and the inscription on the right.
Notes The date is based on the founding of the American Party. The American Party ticket in (????) featured William E. Smith for Governor and Robert "Bob " Blair ran for Lt. Governor.
The American Independent party was established in 1968 by former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, Sr. Wallace was on every state ballot. Wallace and his running mate Curtis E. LeMay received 13.5 percent of the popular vote and 46 electoral votes. The party opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and welfare programs.
In 1969, representatives from 40 states established the American Party as the successor to the American Independent Party. In 1972, the party nominated former Congressman John G. Schmitz of California for president. In 1976, the American Party split into the more moderate American Party, which included more northern conservatives and Schmitz supporters, and the more extreme American Independent Party, which focused on the deep South. Both of the parties have nominated candidates for the presidency and other offices. Neither the American Party nor the American Independent Party has had much national success.

Drexell R. Davis, a self-described "Yellow Dog" Democrat, held several elected positions in Kentucky state government. His thirty-three years of public service prompted his interest in collecting political memorabilia.
Collection Drexell R. Davis Collection
People Smith, William E.
Subjects The American Party
political campaigns
Politics, Kentucky
Search Terms Elections
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS