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Kenneth H. Tuggle (June 12, 1904 - February 17, 1978), a Republican, served as the 39th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1943-1947. 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 in 1975. He developed a reputation as one of the nation's leading experts on the railroad industry.
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