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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1987.30.58
Date 1979
Material(s) Paper/Tinplate/Plastic
Dimensions H-3.5 W-3.5 inches
Description This is a circular celluloid-type pin-back campaign button with a safety pin-style enclosure. It has a white background with blue and red text. There is blue text at the top of the button face "John Y./ Brown, Jr." while the red text is near the bottom right, next to the black and white image of John Y. Brown, Jr., which reads "MEANS/ BUSINESS."
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 Jr., John Y.
Nunn, Louie B.
Subjects Political campaigns
Political candidates
Politics & government
Buttons (Information artifacts)
Search Terms Political button
political campaigns
Political candidates
Politics & government
Button, Political
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS