Louie Broady Nunn was an American politician who served as the 52nd governor of Kentucky. Elected in 1967, he was the only Republican to hold the office between the end of Simeon Willis’ term in 1947 and the election of Ernie Fletcher in 2003. After rendering non-combat service in World War II and graduating from law school, Nunn entered local politics, becoming the first Republican county judge in Barren County, Kentucky.
About Louie Nunn in brief
Louie Broady Nunn was an American politician who served as the 52nd governor of Kentucky. Elected in 1967, he was the only Republican to hold the office between the end of Simeon Willis’ term in 1947 and the election of Ernie Fletcher in 2003. After rendering non-combat service in World War II and graduating from law school, Nunn entered local politics, becoming the first Republican county judge in Barren County, Kentucky. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 1963, but ultimately lost a close election to Democrat Ned Breathitt. In his later years, he sometimes supported the political ambitions of his son, Steve, and advocated for the legalization of industrial hemp in Kentucky. Nunn died of a heart attack on January 29, 2004, at the age of 89. He had three children – Jennie, Steve and Beulaius Cornelius Aspley, a divorcee from Bonde Bonde, which he left in which he also left the Methodist denomination in which his first wife had also been born. He is survived by his wife, Jennie; his son Steve; and his daughter, Virginia Nunn, who was born in 1941 and grew up in Park, Kentucky, a small community on the border of Barren and Metcalfe counties. His first name, Louie, honored a deceased friend of his father’s; his middle name, Broady, was a surname in his mother’s family. In 1938, he matriculated to Hiseville High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Bowling Green Business University, now Western Kentucky University.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, he departed for Cincinnati, Ohio, to take flying lessons in hopes of becoming a B-17 pilot. By the time he finished his flight training, however, the Army had discontinued its air cadet program. On June 2, 1943, he enlisted in the Army and received his recruit training at Fort Wolters near Fort Worth, Texas. He held the rank of corporal at the time of his military duty. Following his discharge, he pursued a pre-law degree at the University of Cincinnati. Three years later he was a classmate of a future congressman, Marlow Cook, where he later earned his Bachelor of Laws. On October 12, 1950, he opened his legal practice in Glasgow, Kentucky,. in September 1950, in September 1952, he married Beulah Cornelius Cornely, who had been born in Bonde. In October 1952, the couple had two children –Jennie Lou, born in 1951, and Steve Lou born in 1952. In September 1953, he left Bonde for Glasgow. In August 1954, he moved to Glasgow and opened his law practice. He died in a car accident on September 12, 1954. In November 1955, he became the first person to be admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association. He also served as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. In 1958, he served as chairman of the Republican National Committee. In 1959, he helped establish Northern Kentucky University as a senior institution.