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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1987.30.59
Date 1979
Material(s) Paper/Plastic/Tinplate/Ink
Dimensions H-3.438 W-3.438 Dia-3.438 inches
Description This is a circular celluloid-type political button for John Y. Brown, Jr.'s campaign for Governor of Kentucky. The background is white with red and navy blue lettering and a navy blue drawing of a wildcat's head. The button features the phrase "I'M A WILDCAT FOR John Y. Brown, JR. FOR GOVERNOR." The wording across the top in red reads "I'M A WILDCAT FOR" with the drawing of a wildcat is in navy blue centered beneath the lettering. "John Y. Brown, Jr." is printed in navy blue just below midline. The text "FOR / GOVERNOR" is printed directly below with "GOVERNOR" printed along the bottom edge. The back of the button is made of tinplate and has a stick pin closure.
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 Buttons
Campaigns, Political
Government executives
Government officials
Political candidates
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Political elections
Political loyalty
State government
Search Terms Button, Political
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Campaigns, Political
Governor's elections
Governor's races
Governors elections
Governors races
Gubernatorial elections
Gubernatorial races
Political buttons
political campaigns
Political candidates
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political souvenirs
Politics & government
Politics, Kentucky
State elections
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS