Bob Gable

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Bob Gable
Born (1934-02-20) February 20, 1934 (age 85)
ResidenceFrankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky
Alma materStanford University
Political partyRepublican gubernatorial nominee in 1975
Spouse(s)Emily T. Gable
ChildrenJames S. Gable, Elizabeth B. Gable, John S. Gable

Robert Elledy Gable (born February 20, 1934) is a businessman from Frankfort, who was the Kentucky Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1975. Gable lost to the incumbent Democrat Governor Julian Carroll. Carroll received 470,159 votes (62.8 percent) to Gable's 277,998 (37.2 percent).

In 1995, Gable again sought the governor's office but lost by a large margin in the Republican primary. With Shirley W. Palmer-Ball, his 1975 running mate reprising that role, Gable lost the primary with 17,054 votes (14.5 percent) to Larry Forgy and Tom Handy's 97,099 votes (82.4 percent). Forgy, as the Republican nominee, was then defeated in the general election by the popular Democrat choice, Paul E. Patton.

Gable formerly resided in Stearns in McCreary County in south Kentucky. Gable is the great-grandson of Justus S. Stearns, founder and owner of Stearns Coal & Lumber Company.[4] He, along with his wife, Emily T. Gable, and family, moved in 1968 to serve as Parks Commissioner in the administration of Governor Louie Nunn, he was a chairman of the Kentucky Republican Party.[5][6]

In 2008, Gable was an at-large elector for the McCain/Palin ticket, which won a majority in Kentucky.


  1. ^ "Robert Gable", Marquis Who's Who
  2. ^ "Honoring Robert Gable", United States Congressional Record
  3. ^ "Person Record", Kentucky Museum
  4. ^ "The Cottage that Stearns Built", Mason County Press
  5. ^ "Bob and Emily Gable of Frankfort". Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  6. ^ Emily Gable, Obituaries, Courier-Journal
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Emberton
Republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Louie B. Nunn