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Middletown in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lawrence Winchester Wetherby / Gov. Lawrence W. Wetherby

1908-1994

 
 
Lawrence Winchester Wetherby Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
1. Lawrence Winchester Wetherby Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  
Lawrence Winchester Wetherby
1908-1994
A native of Middletown, Wetherby graduated from the University of Louisville Law School in 1929, and for 20 years practiced law & served the judiciary. He was elected lt. gov. in 1947 and governor in 1951. He pushed the state legislature to improve education, mental hospitals, child welfare laws, and conservation of natural resources.

Gov. Lawrence W. Wetherby
Wetherby publicly supported 1954 Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education desegregation order. He began Ky. Turnpike, state’s first toll road, and urged governors & the U.S. President to make it part of the Great Lakes-to-Gulf highway, precursor to the interstate system. He increased the number of local airports & directed construction of new state fairgrounds in Louisville.
 
Erected 2014 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2419.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition,
Lawrence Winchester Wetherby Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
2. Lawrence Winchester Wetherby Marker (Side B)
it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 38° 14.709′ N, 85° 32.233′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Old Shelbyville Road 0.1 miles south of Locust Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in front of Middletown City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11803 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville KY 40243, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Davis Tavern (here, next to this marker); The Wetherby House (a few steps from this marker); Middletown Station (a few steps from this marker); Middletown Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gov. Lawrence Wetherby Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); The Benjamin Head House (approx. ¼ mile away); Middletown's First Gas Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Griffytown (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Lawrence Winchester Wetherby / Gov. Lawrence W. Wetherby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 28, 2020
3. Lawrence Winchester Wetherby / Gov. Lawrence W. Wetherby Marker
Marker is in front of Middletown City Hall.
Gov. Lawrence W. Wetherby image. Click for full size.
By Public domain, circa 1953
4. Gov. Lawrence W. Wetherby
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on December 11, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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