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Earle Chester Clements (October 22, 1896 - March 12, 1985) served as Governor of Kentucky and as a member of the United States Senate from Kentucky. He served as Senate Majority Whip when Lyndon Johnson was Senate Majority Leader. This is a list of Governors of Kentucky: See also Kentucky Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Kentucky ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Bluegrass State Other U.S. States Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) Senators Mitch McConnell (R) Jim Bunning (R) Official languages English Area 104,749 km² (37th)  - Land 102,989 km²  - Water 1,760 km² (1. ... The U.S. Senate Majority Whip is the second ranking member of the United States Senate. ... Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908–January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. ... The Senate Majority Leader is a member of the United States Senate who is elected by his or her party conference to serve as the chief Senate spokesman for his or her party and to manage and schedule the legislative and executive business of the Senate. ...


Clements was born in Morganfield, Kentucky. He studied at the University of Kentucky and then served in World War I as a captain teaching military science. He then worked in oil fields in Texas, later returning to Kentucky to farm and coach football. He also served as a deputy sheriff before being elected Union County sheriff in his own right, serving 1922-1926. Clements was then elected and served as county clerk (1926-1934) and county judge (1934-1942). The University of Kentucky (also as UK or simply Kentucky) is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Jump to: navigation, search World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machineguns, and poison gas. ... ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Bluegrass State Other U.S. States Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Governor Ernie Fletcher (R) Senators Mitch McConnell (R) Jim Bunning (R) Official languages English Area 104,749 km² (37th)  - Land 102,989 km²  - Water 1,760 km² (1. ...


In 1935 Clements refused to chair the campaign of Happy Chandler for Governor of Kentucky and the resulting split was the source of factionalism within the Kentucky Democratic Party for decades. Albert Benjamin Happy Chandler (July 14, 1898–June 15, 1991) was a governor of Kentucky, a U.S. Senator and Baseball Commissioner. ... This is a list of Governors of Kentucky: See also Kentucky Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Kentucky ...


In 1941 Clements was elected to the Kentucky Senate; he served as majority leader in 1944. Jump to: navigation, search Kentucky Senate is the upper house of the Kentucky General Assembly, the state legislature of Kentucky. ... The majority leader is a term used in congressional systems for the chamber leader of the party in control of a legislature. ...


Clements was then elected to and served two terms in the United States House of Representatives, 1945-1948. Jump to: navigation, search Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the Senate. ...


In 1947 Clements defeated the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky Harry Lee Waterfield in the Democratic primary for Governor of Kentucky. Waterfield was a staunch ally of Happy Chandler. Clements then defeated Republican nominee Eldon S. Dummit by 387,795 votes to 287,756 and won a term as Governor of Kentucky. The office of Lieutentant Governor of Kentucky has existed under the last three of Kentuckys four constitutions, beginning in 1797. ... This is a list of Governors of Kentucky: See also Kentucky Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Kentucky ... Albert Benjamin Happy Chandler (July 14, 1898–June 15, 1991) was a governor of Kentucky, a U.S. Senator and Baseball Commissioner. ... This is a list of Governors of Kentucky: See also Kentucky Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Kentucky ...


As governor Clements made the state parks and state roads high priorities. While Clements was governor, New York was the only state that spent more on its park system and Texas was the only state that spent more on its roads. Kentucky's unusually widespread system of four lane divided highways is in part a legacy of Clements' governorship. Clements also oversaw the construction of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center and Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The Legislative Research Commission was founded while Clements was governor, with Clements' support. Clements also founded and established the Kentucky State Police, in part to replace the semi-corrupt highway patrol. Clements also reorganized insurance regulation in the state and saw to it that poor school districts received additional funding. Freedom Hall is a multipurpose arena in Louisville, Kentucky on the grounds of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. ... Jump to: navigation, search Louisville (usually pronounced ; see Pronunciation below) is Kentuckys largest city and the 16th largest city in the United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search Legislative Research Commission (LRC) is the agency that provides staff and research support for the Kentucky General Assembly. ...


Clements failed to convince the Kentucky General Assembly to end segregation in Kentucky's graduate and professional schools, regulate strip mining and establish statewide pension and civil service programs. However, years later in 1959 Clements saw to it that a worthy successor, Bert T. Combs, won the office over Happy Chandler's lieutenant governor and hand-picked successor, Harry Lee Waterfield. Combs and Combs' hand-picked successor, Edward T. Breathitt, fulfilled more of Clements' progressive legacy as they desegregated all public schools at all levels in addition to all places of public accomodation. Combs also established a state civil service program that remains in place as of 2005. Jump to: navigation, search The Kentucky General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Kentucky. ... Bert T. Combs (August 13, 1911-December 4, 1991),born in Clay County, Kentucky, was the Democratic Governor of Kentucky from 1959 through 1963. ... Albert Benjamin Happy Chandler (July 14, 1898–June 15, 1991) was a governor of Kentucky, a U.S. Senator and Baseball Commissioner. ... A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ... Edward Thompson Ned Breathitt Jr. ...


Clements' achievements in his single, truncated term as governor rank among the most impressive of any in the history of the state.


Before his term as governor was over, Clements resigned to seek a seat in the United States Senate and won that election over Charles I. Dawson, 3000,276 votes to 256,856. Clements quickly became the Democratic whip under Lyndon Johnson. Johnson and Clements were extraordinarily effective in leading their party in the Senate. Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908–January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. ...


Clements was succeeded as governor by his Democratic lieutenant governor, Lawrence Wetherby, who won a full term as governor in his own right in the 1951 election. A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ... Jump to: navigation, search Lawerence W. Wetherby served as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and as Governor of Kentucky upon the resignation of Governor Earle C. Clements as Clements went to the United States Senate. ...


In 1956 when Clements' Senate seat was up for election, Clements' factional enemy Happy Chandler was serving a second, non-consecutive term as Governor of Kentucky. Chandler made sure the Democratic Party denied Clements substantial assistance in his re-election bid. As a result, Clements lost his Senate seat to Republican Thurston B. Morton. Clements returned the favor, seeing to it that his faction of the party successfully supported Bert T. Combs for governor at the end of Chandler's second term in 1959, denying the governor's mansion to Chandler's lieutenant governor and hand-picked successor, Harry Lee Waterfield. The Clements-Chandler factionalism continued on for many years within the party. Albert Benjamin Happy Chandler (July 14, 1898–June 15, 1991) was a governor of Kentucky, a U.S. Senator and Baseball Commissioner. ... This is a list of Governors of Kentucky: See also Kentucky Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Kentucky ... Thurston Ballard Morton (1907 - 1982) was a U.S. political figure. ... Bert T. Combs (August 13, 1911-December 4, 1991),born in Clay County, Kentucky, was the Democratic Governor of Kentucky from 1959 through 1963. ... A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ...


From 1957 through 1959 Clements continued to work side by side with Lyndon Johnson as head of the U. S. Democratic Re-election Committee. In 1959 and 1960 Clements served as state highway commissioner under Governor Bert T. Combs. Clements then returned to Washington as a lobbyist and as an executive with the American Tobacco Institute. Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908–January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. ... Bert T. Combs (August 13, 1911-December 4, 1991),born in Clay County, Kentucky, was the Democratic Governor of Kentucky from 1959 through 1963. ...


In 1981 Clements retired to his hometown of Morganfield, Kentucky.

Preceded by:
Simeon Willis
Governor of Kentucky
1947–1950
Succeeded by:
Lawrence Wetherby
Preceded by:
Garrett L. Withers
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Kentucky
November 7, 1950-January 3, 1957
Succeeded by:
Thurston B. Morton
Preceded by:
Leverett Saltonstall
Senate Majority Whip
1955-1957
Succeeded by:
Mike Mansfield
Preceded by:
Leverett Saltonstall
Senate Minority Whip
1953-1955
Succeeded by:
Leverett Saltonstall
Preceded by:
J. Lyter Donaldson
Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky
1947–1947
Succeeded by:
Lawrence Wetherby
This is a list of Governors of Kentucky: See also Kentucky Categories: Lists of United States governors | Governors of Kentucky ... Jump to: navigation, search Lawerence W. Wetherby served as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and as Governor of Kentucky upon the resignation of Governor Earle C. Clements as Clements went to the United States Senate. ... These are tables of congressional delegations from Kentucky to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. ... Thurston Ballard Morton (1907 - 1982) was a U.S. political figure. ... Leverett Saltonstall (September 1, 1892 – June 17, 1979) was an American politician who served as Governor of Massachusetts (1939 - 1945) and as a United States Senator (1945 - 1967). ... The U.S. Senate Majority Whip is the second ranking member of the United States Senate. ... Mike Mansfield Michael Joseph Mansfield (March 16, 1903 – October 5, 2001) was an American politician from Montana. ... Leverett Saltonstall (September 1, 1892 – June 17, 1979) was an American politician who served as Governor of Massachusetts (1939 - 1945) and as a United States Senator (1945 - 1967). ... Traditionally the second ranking position in the minority party in the United States Senate. ... Leverett Saltonstall (September 1, 1892 – June 17, 1979) was an American politician who served as Governor of Massachusetts (1939 - 1945) and as a United States Senator (1945 - 1967). ... Jump to: navigation, search Lawerence W. Wetherby served as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and as Governor of Kentucky upon the resignation of Governor Earle C. Clements as Clements went to the United States Senate. ...

 
 

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