Bert T. Combs


Bert Thomas Combs, born in 1911 in Clay County, served as governor of Kentucky from 1959 to 1963 and on the United States Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1967 to 1970.

There are interviews with Combs, his relatives, and his political associates, including Barry Bingham, Sr., Carl D. Perkins, Edward F. Prichard, Jr., Wilson W. Wyatt, Sr., John Y. Brown, Sr., Wendell P. Butler, A.B. "Happy" Chandler, and Lawrence W. Wetherby. They discuss Combs's childhood in Prestonsburg, his career through 1970, factionalism in the Democratic party, political campaigning in Kentucky, Combs's programs for education and transportation, the sales tax, veterans' bonuses, tourism and state parks, the merit system, civil rights, conservation, and revision of the state constitution.


Bert T. Combs

Project Interviews

Copy of a Kentucky Educational Television interview for which Carl Perkins gave his permission to use.

Sister of Bert T. Combs

Retired Teacher and Speech Writer

Ms. Ferguson held a number of positions in Kentucky State Government

Editor/ Publisher

Election Commissioner

Judge/ Politician

Secretary of the Education and Arts Cabinet

Brother of Bert T. Combs

Sister of Bert T. Combs
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