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Albert Benjamin Chandler

Albert Benjamin Chandler, American lawyer, governor. One of five senators designated by United States Senate to visit world battle fronts in 1943, at which time they made the first landplane flight ever made across the Indian Ocean from Ceylon to Australia.

Background

  • Chandler, Albert Benjamin was born on July 14, 1898 in Corydon, Kentucky, United States. Son of Joseph and Callie (Sanders) Chandler.

  • Education

    • AB, Transylvania College, 1921. Doctor of Laws, Transylvania College, 1936. Student, Harvard, 1924.

      Bachelor of Laws, University Kentucky, 1924. Doctor of Laws, University Kentucky, 1937.

    Career

    • Football coach Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1922-1924. Began law practice Versailles, 1924. Appointed master commissioner Circuit Court, Woodford County, 1928.

      Elected member Kentucky Senate, from 22d District, 1929. Lieutenant governor Kentucky, 1931-1935. Governor, 1935-1939, 55-59.

      Resigned, 1939; appointed United States senator (to fill vacancy caused by death of Marvell Mills Logan). Elected, 1940; to fill remainder term, to January 1943. Re-elected for 6 year term, 1942.

      High commissioner of baseball, 1945-1951. President International Baseball Congress, Wichita. Commissioner Continental Professional Football League, from 1965, Global International Baseball League.

      Vice president, director First Flight Golf Company, Chattanooga. Director Coastal States Life Insurance Company Georgia. Receiver for Inter-Southern Life Insurance Company, Louisville, 1932.

      An organizer Kentucky Home Life. Insurance Company, Louisville, 1932.

    Major achievements

    • One of five senators designated by United States Senate to visit world battle fronts in 1943, at which time they made the first landplane flight ever made across the Indian Ocean from Ceylon to Australia.

    Membership

    Member athletic committee University Kentucky, from 1966, life trustee, 1981. Chairman Woodford County Democratic Executive Committee. Democratic national committeeman for Kentucky.

    Trustee Ty Cobb Foundation. Chairman board trustees and fund raising committee Transylvania College Served with United States Army, 1918. Captain J.A.G. Department Reserve (retired).

    Member American Legion, 40 and 8, Pi Kappa Alpha. Clubs: Mason (32 degree, Knights Templar, Shriner), Kentucky Mountain (honorary), Lexington Country, Idle Hour Country (Lexington).

    Connections

    • Married Mildred Watkins, November 12, 1925. Children: Marcella (Mistress Thomas D. Miller), Mildred (Mistress James J. Lewis), Albert Benjamin, Joseph Daniel.
    • father: Joseph Chandler
    • mother: Callie (Sanders) Chandler
    • spouse: Mildred Watkins
    • children: Marcella Chandler (Mistress Thomas D. Miller)
    • Mildred Chandler (Mistress James J. Lewis)
    • Albert Benjamin Chandler
    • Joseph Daniel Chandler
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    Died June 16, 1991
    (aged 92)
    • 1921
      Transylvania College
    • 1936
      Transylvania College
    • 1924
      Harvard
    • 1924
      University Kentucky
    • 1937
      University Kentucky
    • 1922 - 1924
      Football coach Centre College
      Danville, Virginia, United States
    • 1924
      began law practice, Versailles
    • 1928
      appointed master commissioner Circuit Court
    • 1929
      elected member, Kentucky Senate
    • 1931 - 1935
      lieutenant governor Kentucky
    • 1935 - 1939
      governor
    • 1939
      resigned
    • 1940
      elected
    • 1942
      re-elected for 6 year term
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