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Wendell Ford biography

Owensboro, KY 2013 (Source: WFIE) Owensboro, KY 2013 (Source: WFIE)
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

  • Born September 8, 1924 in Thruston, KY
  • Attended University of Kentucky, 1942 - 1943
  • Married Jean Neel on September 18, 1943
  • Graduated Maryland School of Insurance, 1947
  • U.S. Army 1944 - 1946
  • Kentucky National Guard 1942 - 1962
  • Chief assistant to Kentucky Governor Bert Combs, 1959 - 1961
  • KY state senate, 1965 - 1967
  • KY lieutenant governor, 1967 - 1971
  • Governor of Kentucky, 1971 - 1974
  • U.S. Senate in November 1974 - 1999
    • Senate Democratic whip 1991 - 1999
  • U.S. 60 bypass renamed Wendell H. Ford Expressway 1978
    • Western Kentucky Parkway named for Ford
  • Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, KY dedicated in 1997

(Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, en.wikipedia.org)

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