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Object Name Button, Political
Catalog Number 1989.23.79
Date 1983
Material(s) Paper/Plastic/Tinplate
Dimensions H-1.5 W-1.5 inches
Description This is a circular celluloid-type pinback button with a straight pin enclosure. It has a white background and blue text. The text reads: "DREX/DAVIS/FOR/SECRETARY/OF/STATE". There is a union label along the back edge of the button.
Notes Drexell R. Davis, a Democrat, held several elective offices in Kentucky.
For 100 years (1891-1992) the Kentucky Constitution did not allow any holder of statewide office to succeed themselves for a second consecutive term. As a result, a handful of Kentucky politicians became known as musical chairs officeholders because they would run for one statewide office and then another repeatedly. Thelma Stovall, Frances Jones Mills and Drex Davis were the best known musical chairs officeholders. The three often traded offices in given election years through the 1970s and 1980s.
Davis began his career in statewide elective office by winning election as Clerk of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1963 on the Democratic ticket headed by Edward T. Breathitt. (Clerk of the Court of Appeals was a partisan elective office into the 1970s in Kentucky.) Davis served as Clerk 1964-1968. Davis won election as Kentucky State Treasurer in 1971 on a ticket headed by Wendell H. Ford and served in that office 1972-1976. He then ran for Secretary of State in 1975 on a ticket headed by Julian Carroll and won, serving 1976-1980. Davis then ran for State Treasurer again in 1979 on a ticket headed by John Y. Brown, Jr. and won, serving 1980-1984. Davis' last elective office was Secretary of State, which he won in 1983 on a ticket headed by Martha Layne Collins, serving 1984-1988.
Collection Drexell R. Davis Collection
People Davis, Drexell
Davis, Drexell R.
Subjects Politics & government
Political elections
Political candidates
Political campaigns
Search Terms Politics
political campaigns
Political candidates
Political button
Button, Political
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS