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Near Olive Hill in Carter County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Home of Gov. Fields

Home of Gov. Fields Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
1. Home of Gov. Fields Marker
Inscription.  “Honest Bill from Olive Hill.” Home of Gov. William Jason Fields, 34th Governor of Kentucky, 1923-27. Promoted Kentucky’s first grant of Federal aid for road construction, consolidation of schools, teacher-training colleges at Murray and Morehead. Member U.S. Congress, 1911-23, Commonwealth Attorney, 1932-33. Born 1874 and died 1954 in Carter Co. Buried Olive Hill.
Erected 1964 by Kentucky Historical Society / Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 640.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
Location. 38° 18.492′ N, 83° 8.793′ W. Marker is near Olive Hill, Kentucky, in Carter County. Marker is at the intersection of Ridge Drive and Old US 60 Road (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling east on Ridge Drive. It is a few hundred feet away from present-day US 60. Turn on Ridge Drive and you’ll see it. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Olive Hill KY 41164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carter County 20th Century War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Historical Mural by Northeast WIA Youth (approx. 1½ miles away); Tom T. Hall (approx. 1½ miles away); Aviation Pioneer / Matthew B. Sellers (approx. 1.7 miles away); Beckham County (approx. 2.1 miles away); Saltpeter Cave (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Caves Of Carter County (approx. 5 miles away); Seasonal Tours (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olive Hill.
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry. Excerpt:
The first legislative session of Fields’ term was marked by infighting within his own party. His agenda was opposed by a Democratic faction led by former governor J. C. W. Beckham, Louisville Courier-Journal publisher Robert Worth Bingham, and political boss Percy Haly. Fields’ signature issue, a $75 million bond issue to construct a state highway system, passed the legislature in 1924, but the electorate refused to approve it in November of that year. Among Fields’ accomplishments as governor were an increase in the gasoline tax to help fund his highway program, a reorganization of the state's government bureaucracy, and the preservation of Cumberland Falls from industrial development. He never united the factions of his party, however. His political
Governor Fields Home and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
2. Governor Fields Home and Marker
enemies charged him with nepotism and abusing his pardon power, and the Democrats lost the governorship in 1927 to Republican Flem D. Sampson.
(Submitted on February 9, 2020.) 
Williams Jason Fields (1874–1954) image. Click for full size.
National Photo Company collection, Library of Congress, December 4, 1923
3. Williams Jason Fields (1874–1954)
U.S. Representative and Governor of Kentucky
Home of Governor Fields image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 18, 2019
4. Home of Governor Fields
This is a private residence.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 9, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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