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Ray Blanton

AKA Leonard Ray Blanton

Born: 10-Apr-1930
Birthplace: Hardin County, TN
Died: 22-Nov-1996
Location of death: Jackson, TN [1]
Cause of death: Liver Failure
Remains: Buried, Shiloh Church Cemetery, Shiloh, TN

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Tennessee, 1975-79

Removed from office three days early for the selling of pardons.


[1] Jackson-Madison County Hospital, Jackson, TN.

Father: Leonard A. Blanton
Mother: Ova Delaney
Brother: Gene
Sister: Sarah Gray
Wife: Betty Jane Littlefield (b. 14-Feb-1930, m. 23-Jul-1949, div., d. 12-Oct-2007, two sons, one daughter)
Son: David Ray
Son: Paul Derek
Daughter: Deborah Blanton Flack
Wife: Karen Flint (until his death)

    University: BS Agriculture, University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1951)

    Governor of Tennessee (1975-79)
    US Congressman, Tennessee 7th (3-Jan-1967 to 3-Jan-1973)
    Tennessee State House of Representatives (1964-66)
    Freemasonry
    Lions Club
    Loyal Order of Moose
    Shriners
    Conspiracy 1981 (convicted)
    Extortion 1981 (sold liquor licenses, convicted)
    Mail Fraud 1981 (convicted)


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