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Gov. Simeon Willis

(1879–1965)

 
 
Gov. Simeon Willis Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 30, 2018
1. Gov. Simeon Willis Marker
Inscription.  Judge on Kentucky’s highest court 1927-1933; Governor 1943-1947. His administration extended State Park System, increased funding for education, expanded TB hospitals, ended most toll bridge charges, founded Postwar Planning Commission and Commission on Negro Affairs. Born in Ohio, he moved to Kentucky as a child and later practiced law in Ashland, living at 1608 and 1612 Bath Ave.
 
Erected 1987 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1815.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansBridges & ViaductsEducationIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1943.
 
Location. 38° 28.531′ N, 82° 38.477′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Kentucky, in Boyd County. Marker is on Bath Avenue east of 16th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1608 Bath Ave, Ashland KY 41101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Mounds (about 400 feet away, measured
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in a direct line); Alexander Bagby House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Wiard Cannon (approx. ¼ mile away); City Of Ashland (approx. ¼ mile away); Ashland (approx. 0.3 miles away); 2022 Inductees (approx. 0.3 miles away); 2015 Inductees (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry for Simeon Willis. “The end of World War II in 1945 brought sizable budget surpluses to the state, and disagreements over how to spend the excess funds spilled over into special legislative sessions. Willis was not able to realize his campaign promise of eliminating the state income tax because the legislature expanded the budget far beyond what he proposed. But he did forge a record of modest accomplishments, including constructing five tuberculosis hospitals across the state and significantly increasing funding for education.” (Submitted on November 18, 2018.) 
 
Gov. Simeon Willis Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 30, 2018
2. Gov. Simeon Willis Marker
1608 Bath Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 30, 2018
3. 1608 Bath Avenue
Governor’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, 1612 Bath Avenue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 30, 2018
4. Governor’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, 1612 Bath Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 280 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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