Governor Austin Peay

Governor Peay signed the Butler Act into law on March 21, 1925. In his signing statement he said: "After a careful examination, I can find nothing of consequence in the books now being taught in our schools with which this bill will interfere in the slightest manner. Therefore, it will not put our teachers in jeopardy. Probably the law will never be applied. It may not be sufficiently definite to permit of any specific application . . . ." Governor Peay died in office on October 2, 1927.

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