Harry Lee Waterfield, journalist, farmer, politician, businessman..
(Clinton, KY) - The Hickman County Historical and Genealogical Society will honor the history and legacy of Harry Lee Waterfield on Tuesday, September 6th as part of the 2016 Heritage Days celebration. A room in the Historical Society Building on S. Washington Street at 4:30 on Tuesday, September 6th will be dedicated as the Waterfield room. Members of Waterfield's family are expected to come from Frankfort to attend.
Later that day, the Historical Society and the Arts Council will co-sponsor a dinner at the Hickman County Extension Service Building at 6:00. The public is invited to attend. The meal is being provided by members of both organizations.
The Hickman County Historical & Genealogical Society chose Harry Lee Waterfield as the first person to be honored as a hero of Hickman County because of his long connections to Hickman County and his contributions to the county and the state. The program is expected to become a feature of Heritage Days in years to come.
Harry Lee Waterfield was a major voice and planner of what would become the foundation of modern Kentucky. Born in Calloway County on January 19, 1911, Waterfield graduated from Murray State University in 1932 and began a journalism career in 1934. He moved to Clinton in 1934 and purchased the Hickman County Gazette which he published for 38 years.
Waterfield operated Hickmandale Farm. He became known for modern conservation methods in his farming practices. He was also a respected breeder of shorthorn cattle.
Harry Lee Waterfield entered politics in 1937. He was elected to the House of Representatives serving from 1938-1946 and again in 1950. He served as Speaker of the House in 1944 and 1946. He successfully sponsored legislation exempting farmers from taxes on gasoline used exclusively for farming and won funds to build farm to market roads.
Waterfield was elected lieutenant governor twice with two different governors, a feat never before accomplished and never again duplicated. From 1955-1959, he served with Governor Happy Chandler and in 1963-1967 he was elected again and served as Lt. Governor to Governor Ed Breathitt.
For more details contact LaDonna Latham at 270-254-6360 or Ivan Potter at 270-207-8744. All are welcome to share dinner and an evening of recollection. Although there will be no charge for the dinner, donations are welcome.