Kenneth H. Tuggle

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Kenneth H. Tuggle
39th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
In office
December 7, 1943 – December 9, 1947
GovernorSimeon S. Willis
Preceded byRodes K. Myers
Succeeded byLawrence Wetherby
Personal details
Kenneth Herndon Tuggle

(1904-06-12)June 12, 1904
Barbourville, Kentucky
DiedFebruary 17, 1978(1978-02-17) (aged 73)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Vivian Shifley
Alma materUniversity of Kentucky

Kenneth H. Tuggle (June 12, 1904 – February 17, 1978[1]), a Republican, served as the 39th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1943-1947.[2] It was 53 years before another Republican was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky.

Tuggle practiced law in Barbourville, Kentucky from 1927 up to his election in 1943. In 1939 he was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Kentucky but lost the general election. In 1943 he was nominated for lieutenant governor and was narrowly elected, with Simeon S. Willis at the top of the ticket. Tuggle won by a count of 265,833 votes to 264,793; he had won just barely half of the vote against Democratic nominee William H. May.

In 1953 President Dwight Eisenhower appointed Tuggle to the Interstate Commerce Commission and Tuggle remained on it until he retired on December 31, 1975.[3] He developed a reputation as one of the nation's leading experts on the railroad industry.


  1. ^ "Barbourville Cemetery Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky". Archived from the original on April 6, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Martin Luther King (Jr.), Peter Holloran, Ralph Luker, Penny A. Russell. The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr: Threshold of a new decade, January 1959 - December, 1960. University of California Press, 01-01-2548 BE. Page: 309.
  3. ^ United States. Division of the Federal Register, United States. Federal Register Division, United States. Office of the Federal Register. The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1975. Page: 160.
Political offices
Preceded by
Rodes K. Myers
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Lawrence Wetherby