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Object Name Button, Political
Title Button, John Y. Brown with Ted Kennedy
Catalog Number 1987.30.60
Date 1979
Material(s) Paper/Plastic/Ink/Tinplate
Dimensions Dia-3.438 inches
Description This is a circular celluloid process metal political button for the gubernatorial campaign of John Y. Brown in 1979. The button has a red background with "DEMOCRATS FOR THE 80's" across the top in white, a centered black and white photograph of Ted Kennedy flanked with images of John Y. Brown and Phyllis George Brown. There is black text below the images that reads, "John Y./ Brown, JR./ for/ Governor". Across the bottom reads "October 13, 1979". There is a clasp-back closure attached to the back.
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.
Brown, Phyllis George
Kennedy, Edward
Subjects Buttons
Campaigns, Political
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political parties
Politics & government
Presidential candidates
Presidential elections
Political action
Political Campaign Funds
Search Terms Button, Political
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Campaigns, Presidential
Governor's elections
Governor's races
Governors elections
Governors races
Gubernatorial elections
Gubernatorial races
Kentucky Politics
Political buttons
political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political parties
political souvenirs
Politics & government
Politics, Kentucky
Democratic candidates
Democratic Party
Democratic Ticket
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS