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  1. Leonard Ray Blanton (April 10, 1930 – November 22, 1996) was an American businessman and politician who served as Democratic Governor of Tennessee from 1975 to 1979. He also served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1967 to 1973. Though he initiated a number of government reforms and was instrumental in bringing foreign investment to Tennessee, his term as governor was marred by scandal, namely over the selling of pardons and liquor licenses.

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    Leonard Ray Blanton (April 10, 1930 – November 22, 1996) was an American businessman and politician who served as Democratic Governor of Tennessee from 1975 to 1979. He also served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1967 to 1973. Though he initiated a number of government reforms and was instrumental in bringing foreign investment to Tennessee, his term as governor was marred by scandal, namely over the selling of pardons and liquor licenses.

  3. Jun 09, 2021 · In this Jan. 11, 1979, file photo, Tennessee Gov. Ray Blanton appears before a joint session to give his final State of the State message in Nashville before leaving office on Jan. 20. Law ...

  4. Former Tennessee Governor Ray Blanton Dead at 66. November 22, 1996 GMT. JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) _ Former Gov. Ray Blanton, ousted from office three days early in a ``cash-for-clemency″ scandal that was one of the biggest in Tennessee history and inspired the movie ``Marie,″ died today. He was 66.

  5. Nov 22, 1996 · He was elected as a Democrat to represent Tennessee's 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1967 to 1973. He then served as Governor of Tennessee from 1975 until 1979.

    • Shiloh Battlefield, Tennessee
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    • 10 Apr 1930Hardin County, Tennessee, USA
  6. Jun 10, 2021 · Closed Cold Case Murder From Decades Ago Tied To Ousted Tennessee Governor. Former Tennessee Gov. Ray Blanton’s administration helped fund a contract murder of a key federal witness, law enforcement officials said.

  7. Nov 23, 1996 · Former Gov. Ray Blanton, who was ousted from office three days early amid a cash-for-clemency scandal and later went to prison for taking a payoff for a liquor license, died Friday of liver disease.

  8. Jun 09, 2021 · June 9, 2021 10:42pm. Ray Blanton, former Governor of Tennessee, was under investigation at the time of the murder. AP Photo/Paul Vathis. A former Tennessee governor’s administration helped pay ...

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