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November 27, 1869, Samuel Smith Nicholas, the first President of the University of Louisville, passed away. Before leading the new institution, Nicholas was a member of the court of appeals (1831-36) and chancellor of the Louisville Chancery Court (1844-50). President from 1846-47, the new university consisted of the recently merged Louisville College and the Louisville Medical Institute. He established the new law school, which met in the Jefferson County Courthouse; Nicholas granted degrees to the first graduating class. In 1849 he became a member of the Kentucky constitutional convention. Nicholas, a slave-owner, argued for gradual emancipation. As the Civil War grew inevitable, he authored several books on constitutional law and later turned down a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery.
November 27, 1943, Deputy Charlie Ramsey, Rockcastle County Sherriff’s office, succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained 10 days earlier while investigating a disturbance in Mt. Vernon. A soldier, who was home on furlough, became involved in an argument on a public street. A third man walked up and took sides against the soldier. As Deputy Ramsey approached the group, the third man suddenly pulled out a .32 caliber revolver, shot the soldier, and then shot Deputy Ramsey. Despite being wounded, Deputy Ramsey was able to subdue the suspect. Deputy Ramsey was taken to a hospital in London, where he underwent surgery. It was believed he would recover from the wound, however, he contracted pneumonia and died as a result. Deputy Ramsey was 42 and survived by his mother, five sisters, and three brothers.
November 27, 1950, Lawrence W. Wetherby became the 48th Governor of Kentucky. Because three of Wetherby’s close family members had been killed in automobile accidents on the state’s roadways, improving roads was a high priority. Wetherby authorized the building, re-building, or re-surfacing of nearly 6,000 miles of roads during his administration. He was the first of only two governors in state history born in Jefferson County; the other is incumbent governor, Andy Beshear.
November 27, 1950, the following Kentuckians died in the Korean War: Army PFC Clayton Overbee from Perry County, Army CPL Ralph K. Caudill from Lincoln County, Army PFC Ellis H. Copeland Jr. from Jefferson County, Marine Corps PFC Ray Palmer Fairchild from Salyersville in Magoffin County, Army PFC Royce C. Gibson from McCreary County, Army PVT Robert E. Smalley from Fleming County and Army PFC Lloyd D. Stidham from Breathitt County, Army PVT Asher B. Sublett from Warren County, Army SGT Jack O. Tye from Harlan County, Army CPL Charles A. Williams from Nicholas County, Army PFC Richard H. Woodford from Menifee County and Army CPL Alfred B. Adams from Laurel County. Lloyd D. Stidham’s remains were identified on April 3, 2009 and he was buried in Nicholasville on April 13, 2009.
November 27, 1970, the Kentucky Court of Appeals made two rulings. First, a journalist must reveal the identity of persons they see committing a crime but reaffirmed an existing law granting reporters the right to refuse disclosure of sources who may confidently give them information. The second ruling stated women would not be awarded alimony if they are the faulty party in a divorce.
November 27, 1976, Rupp Arena was home for the first time to the University of Kentucky basketball team. Wisconsin rolled into town and got beat 72-64. Kentucky was ranked #6. Rick Robey was the high scorer for the Cats with 13, followed by the Goose with 12. 23,266 saw Coach Joe B. Hall get his first win in Rupp, but the snack stands ran out of hot dogs by halftime. The exhibition game against Marathon Oil, played five days earlier, was the last game in Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky Trivia: The geographic center of Kentucky, according to old Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road maps, is in Marion county about three miles northwest of Lebanon on KY 429. Campbellsville University has a marker on campus in Taylor County that also claims to be the geographic center of the state.
November 27, 1995, a final update was provided for the governor’s race vote tally, it was closer than first thought. Patton received 500,787 votes to Forgy’s 479,227 and Galbraith had to pay a fee to know their vote tally of 3,965. It was the third closest race behind the 1943 (Willis) and 1963 (Breathitt) races.
November 27, 2009, Coach Kragthorpe coached his last game for the Louisville Cardinals football team in a losing effort against Rutgers 34-13. His three years with Cardinals resulted in a 15-21 record.
November 27, 2014, Park City native Joe Duvall ended 53 years of service to Mammoth Cave. Earlier in the week, 19 people followed him in his last tour, his favorite tour, the Historic Tour, which he says was just like all others.
November 27, 2018, Kentucky’s top human services official stated that the Bevin administration will move ahead with implementing an overhaul to Kentucky’s Medicaid program, adding work requirements and other changes.