Brereton Jones was born in Ohio and raised in Point Pleasanton, West Virginia. He was a good athlete and maintained a straight-A average. After high school, he attended the University of Virginia on a football scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, showing a keen sense for business. Within three years, Jones was a successful developer of residential and commercial properties.
In the early 1970s, after marrying Elizabeth (Libby) Lloyd of Midway in Woodford County, he moved to Kentucky. Jones and Libby established Airdrie Stud Farm as a thriving thoroughbred operation of international renown. They had two children, Lucy and Bret. He then took an active interest in Kentucky politics. In his bid to become Lieutenant Governor, he won by a record-setting margin. After his term, he ran for and was elected Governor in 1991 by the largest margin in Kentucky history.
Jones was the founder and president of the Kentucky Health Care Access Foundation. In 1990, he was one of four American laymen to receive the American Medial Association's Distinguished Service Award for h is work on indigent health care. He formerly served on the A.B. Chandler Medical Center Council of Supervisors, the Governor's 1985 Medicaid Task Force, which he chaired, and the McDowell Cancer Research Foundation Board, where as vice president he played a major role in raising $22 million for cancer research.
Jones was initiated into Chief Cornstalk Chapter DeMolay in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1957, where he served as their first Master Councilor. He is a Legion of Honor recipient. Jones was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 21, 1996.
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