THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES TOMMY TURNER TO THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION The President announced today his intention to appoint Tommy Turner
to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
Judge Tommy Turner, of Magnolia, Kentucky, was elected in 1985 as County Judge/Executive for LaRue County, Kentucky. At that time, he was the youngest person in Kentucky history to be elected to the office of Judge/Executive. In 1989, Judge Turner and a group of local volunteers founded the Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville, Kentucky, honoring LaRue County's greatest native son, Abraham Lincoln, and he is spearheading an effort to raise the funds to purchase Knobcreek Farm, Lincoln's boyhood home. Once the purchase is complete, the site will be donated to the National Park Service. Judge Turner has also served as Chair of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, President of the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association and President of the Kentucky Association of Counties.
Turner received a B.A. in Industrial Technology and an M.A. in education from Western Kentucky University.
The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President for the purpose of studying activities that may be carried out by the federal government to honor Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2009.