“The Philosopher,” Edward F. Prichard, Jr.
Bourbon County native, Edward F. Prichard, Jr. (1915-1984), was considered a friend and advisor of many politicians throughout his life and dubbed “the philosopher” by Governor Bert Combs.
Prichard studied at Princeton and Harvard Law School before working in the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Department and the East Wing of the Roosevelt White House during WWII. His political career was cut short when he was convicted of ballot-box stuffing in his native Kentucky at the age of 34.
Prichard continued to contribute to Kentucky politics and his ideas helped shape Kentucky legislation, most notably in the Combs and Breathitt gubernatorial administrations. Always the champion of education reform, Prichard chaired the state citizens’ committee on education, whose effort ultimately resulted in the KY Education Reform Act in 1990. In 2013, the Prichard Committee for Education celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Find oral history interviews with and about Edward “Prich” Prichard, Jr. and other well-known Kentuckians on Pass the Word, Kentucky’s oral history discovery tool.
Pass the Word Challenge #6
Edward Prichard is a Kentucky name that many people recognize. Oral histories are also conducted with people who are not as well-known. This week’s challenge is to find an interview with someone you know on Pass the Word. It can be a relative, local community member, friend, colleague, etc… Include how you know this person as part of your answer.
Looking forward to hearing about your personal connections to Kentucky’s oral histories!