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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1987.30.64
Maker Badge A Minit
Date 1979
Material(s) Tinplate, plastic
Dimensions H-2.313 W-2.313 Dia-2.313 inches
Description This is a circular celluloid process metal button for the Governor Brown Inaugural. The background is light beige with dark brown lettering and an outline of the state of Kentucky with a brown star in the north central region. Across the top of the button reads "I WAS THERE". Above the midline reads "WITH / GOVERNOR / BROWN", and around the bottom reads "INAUGURATION DAY 1979". The back is tinplate with a safety pin closure. There is incused lettering on the back in a slanted rectangle that reads "BADGE, A, MINIT" and "LASALLE, ILL.61301" next to it.
Notes John Y. Brown, Jr., governor during 1979-83, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 28, 1933, to John Young and Dorothy (Inman) Brown. He received his bachelor's degree (1957) and law degree (1960) from the University of Kentucky. Brown entered law practice with his father but soon turned to business, having dramatic success with the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food chain, which made him wealthy. Brown spent considerable time outside the state, and his jet-set, high-stakes life-style revealed little interest in state politics prior to March 27, 1979. On that day he surprised most Kentuckians, including the other candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor, by announcing his candidacy. Between that day and the May primary, he staged a media blitz that overcame his late start and his lack of a record in office. Brown committed himself to few specific issues, saying instead that he would be a salesman for Kentucky and would run the government like a business. The primary was so close that runner-up Louisville Mayor Harvey Sloane did not concede for two days; Brown was a plurality winner with 29.89 percent of the vote. In the fall election he won an easy victory over former Gov. Louie B. Nunn, 554,083 to 376,809.
Collection Drexell R. Davis Collection
People Brown, John Y. Jr.
Subjects Buttocks
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Governors
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Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS