|Object Name||Poster, Political|
|Dimensions||H-9.5 W-21.5 inches|
|Description||This political poster is printed on dark teal cardboard. The left side of the poster has color photographic images of Wendell Ford and Julian Carroll in suits and ties. To the right of this in white letters at the top of the poster is printed "Proven tax / cutters." Below this, in slightly smaller red and light blue letters, is printed "FORD GOVERNOR / CARROLL LT. GOVERNOR." Below this in white font is printed "Fighters for people / PAID FOR BY DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, J. DONALD RINEY, TREASURER." There is a small union trademark in the bottom right corner.|
Wendell Hampton Ford was elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 1965. Two years later he became Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky even though Henry Ward, the Democratic candidate for Governor, lost to Republican Louie B. Nunn. In 1971, Ford became the 53rd Governor of Kentucky. He was the first person to be successively elected Lieutenant Governor, Governor, and U.S. Senator in Kentucky history, having entered the U.S. Senate in 1974. Ford was reelected to the Senate in 1980, 1986 and 1992.
Julian M. Carroll, a native of McCracken County, was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1961. In 1971 he was elected Lieutenant Governor along with the Democratic candidate for Governor, Wendell Ford. Carroll became Governor in 1974 when Ford resigned to go to the U.S. Senate. Carroll then went on to win the 1975 gubernatorial election, leaving office in 1979. He ran for Governor again in 1987 but was defeated in the Democratic primary by Wallace Wilkinson.
This object was donated on November 27, 1990 by Drexell R. Davis. Davis, a self-described "Yellow Dog" Democrat, held several elected positions in the Kentucky state government. His thirty-three years of public service prompted his interest in collecting political memorabilia.
|Collection||Drexell R. Davis Collection|
|Event||1971 Kentucky Gubernatorial Race|
Ford, Wendell H.
Carroll, Julian M.
Politics & government
Kentucky House of Representatives
|Physical Holder||Kentucky Historical Society - KHS|