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Lynem, Carl Irving

(born: 1915  -  died: 1966) 

Carl I. Lynem was the first African American member of the Lexington, KY Board of Education. He had also managed P. K. Sykes' successful campaign for city commissioner in 1963.

Lynem was a retired Major of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II, according to his U.S. Army Enlistment Record. He was born in Lexington, the son of Marie Hayes Lynem and Rev. Sheeley Lynem; according to the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, the family lived in Elmarch, KY [Harrison County].

Carl Lynem was an insurance man. He died in a car accident in Henry County, KY in 1966 and is buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. A photograph of Lynem can be seen on p. 96 in Lexington, Kentucky, by G. Smith.

For more see Lexington, Heart of the Bluegrass, by J. D. Wright. [For more on Rev. Sheeley Lynem, elder of Lexington District in the Kentucky Conference of the AME Church, see p. 187 in The Encyclopaedia of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, compiled by Bishop R. R. Wright.]

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