Henry Ward (politician)

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Henry Ward (June 20, 1909 – October 8, 2002) was a Democrat who held posts in Democratic state administrations in Kentucky and was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky in 1967. Ward lost the general election to Louie B. Nunn. Nunn won 454,123 votes (51.2%) to Ward's 425,674 (48.0%).

Ward had previously been active with the Chamber of Commerce in Louisville and was instrumental in having Interstate 65 routed through Louisville's downtown. Ward later said that the route of Interstate 65 through downtown Louisville was a mistake.

Edward T. Breathitt had selected the intelligent Ward as his successor as governor, but Ward was not a particularly skilled or gifted candidate for public office. He beat Happy Chandler in the Prelims for governor and Happy later told his supporters to support Louie Nunn, after which he lost by only 3.2%. He became the first Democratic nominee for governor to lose since 1943.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Edward T. Breathitt
Democratic nominee for Governor of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Wendell H. Ford