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Jailer Wins Race for County Judge While He is in Jail

Whitesburg, Kentucky, November 6th – Probably the most unusual outcome of Tuesday’s election in Kentucky was the victory of Fess Whitaker, jailer of Whitesburg, ever Stephen Combs, Jr., in the race for county judge. Whitaker having been sentenced to his own jail for a term of six months by Judge Combs, on the charge of attacking county officers, including the Sheriff.”

“After being placed in the jail of which he was the legal keeper, Whitaker escaped, was recaptured and again sentenced for jail breaking. Following one of the most exciting campaigns known to the mountains of Kentucky, Whitaker, though in jail, won over Judge Combs by more than 1,000 majority. Governor Morrow has three times refused to pardon Whitaker.1

  1. Jailer Wins Race for County Judge While He is in Jail. (1920, November 06). Portsmouth Daily Times, p. 1.