Library of Congress
CHANDLER, Albert Benjamin (Happy) (1898-1991)
Senate Years of Service: 1939-1945

CHANDLER, ALBERT BENJAMIN (HAPPY), (grandfather of A.B. Chandler), a Senator from Kentucky; born in Corydon, Henderson County, Ky., July 14, 1898; attended the public schools; attended Harvard University; served as a private in the United States Army 1918-1919; graduated from Transylvania College, Lexington, Ky., 1921, and from the law department of the University of Kentucky at Lexington 1924; admitted to the bar in 1925 and commenced practice of law in Versailles, Ky.; master commissioner of the Woodford circuit in 1928; member, State senate 1930-1931; receiver of the Inter-Southern Life Insurance Co., in 1932; lieutenant governor 1931-1935; Governor of Kentucky 1935 until his resignation October 9, 1939; appointed on October 10, 1939, as a Democrat and subsequently elected on November 5, 1940, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Marvel Mills Logan; reelected in 1942 and served from October 10, 1939, until his resignation on November 1, 1945; resigned to become commissioner of organized baseball 1945-1950; engaged in the practice of law, tobacco farming, and the publication of a weekly newspaper; again Governor of Kentucky 1955-1959; unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 1963; named to the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 1957; commissioner, Continental Professional Football League 1965; trustee of the Ty Cobb Foundation, the University of Kentucky, and Transylvania college; served as Democratic National Committeeman from Kentucky; was a resident of Versailles, Ky., until his death, June 15, 1991; interment in churchyard of Pisgah Presbyterian Church, near Versailles.

Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: Miscellaneous letters and references in various collections.

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Frankfort, KY
Papers: In Kentucky Department of Welfare records, 1936-1962; Department of Public Information photograph files, 1942-1963; Corrections Cabinet subject files, 1874-1961; and Civil War Centennial Commission records.

Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1935, 1955, 1960. .2 cubic foot. Includes personal correspondence, papers concerning his second inaugural as governor in 1955, broadsides concerning his gubernatorial races and candidacy for president in 1960, photographs, and portrait.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Frederick Douglass papers, 1841-1964; and Arthur William Mann papers, 1901-1962.

Nicholas County Memorial Library
Carlisle, KY
Papers: 1976. 1 item. Recording of speech at dedication of the Forest Retreat Tavern.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Modern Political Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 1920-1974. Ca. 375,000 items. Chiefly gubernatorial papers and material relating to tenure as commissioner of baseball. Little on Senate years except correspondence sent out from Versailles, Kentucky office. Includes photographs, tape recordings, speeches, clippings, and films. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Frederick Moore Vinson papers, 1907-1953. Finding aid.
Oral History: 119 interviews with Chandler and a variety of state and national politicians and baseball league colleagues. Albert B. Chandler Oral History Project. Restricted.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949.

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: 1936-1966. 10 items. 5 letters (1936-1954), letter concerning Chandler (1943), biographical sketch (1966), tape recording, newspaper clippings, and photograph.

  • Birdwhistell, Terry L. "A.B. `Happy' Chandler.'' In Kentucky: Its History and Heritage, edited by Fred J. Hood, pp. 209-20. St. Louis: Forum Press, 1978.
  • Boyd, Stephen D. "The Campaign Speaking of A.B. Chandler.'' Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 79 (Summer 1981): 227-39.
  • Chandler, Happy, with Vance H. Trimble. Heroes, Plain Folks, and Skunks: The Life and Times of Happy Chandler: An Autobiography. Chicago: Bonus Books, 1989.
  • Finch, Glenn. "The Election of United States Senators in Kentucky: The Barkley Period.'' Filson Club History Quarterly 45 (July 1971): 286-304.
  • Hixson, Walter L. "The 1938 Kentucky Senate Election: Alben W. Barkley, `Happy' Chandler, and the New Deal.'' Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 80 (Summer 1982): 309-29.
  • Robinette, Danny Roy. "The Campaign Speeches of A.B. Chandler.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio University, 1974.
  • Roland, Charles P. "Happy Chandler.'' Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 85 (Spring 1987): 138-61.