Most Notable Residents Of Letcher County

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Harry M. Caudill was born May 3 1922 in Whitesburg, Letcher county, Kentucky. Harry was an author who wrote “Night Comes to the Cumberlands”. This book made people aware of the poverty in Appalachia. Harry served three terms as a state representative in Kentucky. He also taught history at the University of Kentucky.

Emery L. Frazier was born January 24 1896. He was elected in 1922 to the Kentucky House of Representatives. Emery also served as mayor of Whitesburg KY. He was appointed reading clerk of the Democratic National Convention in 1932. In 1948 Emery was appointed chief clerk of the United States senate. Emery took the position of secretary of the United States senate in 1966.

Gary Stewart was born May 28 1944 in Jenkins, Letcher county, KY. Gary was a country singer who Time magazines called “King of the honky tonk”. Gary had the number one hit song on the country charts “She’s Acting Single”. He was also a songwriter.

Martha Carson was born March 19, 1921 in Neon, KY. She was most noted for gospel singing. She toured with singers Ferlin Husky, Jimmy Dickens and Elvis Presley. Martha made an appearance on the Steve Allen Show in 1957. She also appeared on the Tennessee Ernie Ford television show.

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