Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Committee Chair

Curry, Leonard P.


Governors--Kentucky--Elections; Elections--Kentucky


This thesis deals with the events and issues which were connected with the 1935 gubernatorial election. There is first a brief sketch of Kentucky politics prior to the 1935 election. Particular interest is given to the history of the Democratic party and the split which occurred in it at the turn of the century. A great deal of attention is given to the factional struggles which occurred in the period between 1931 and 1935. The controversy and drive for a primary law is discussed in detail. Because of the nature of the primary law enacted in 1935 two primary elections were held before the Democratic Party selected its candidates. The candidates, issues and significance of each primary is discussed. Also included is an analysis of the vote given to the candidates in both parties. In a like manner, the campaigns of the two gubernatorial nominees are discussed. The significance of the results of the election and the factors which were responsible for its outcome are presented.