Morehead, James T. (James Turner), 1797-1854

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Birth 1797-05-24
Death 1854-12-28

Biographical notes:

Morehead became the first native-born Kentuckian to serve as governor, when he succeeded John Breathitt at Breathitt's death in 1834. Morehead also served a term in the U.S. Senate.

From the description of Letter 1838. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 28096101

Kentucky lawyer, state legislator, governor, 1834-1836, and U.S. senator.

From the description of James T. Morehead : miscellaneous papers, 1834-1845. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49253949

James Turner Morehead was the first native-born Kentuckian to become governor (1834-1836). Born in Bullitt County, on May 24, 1797, he was educated at Transylvania University. He read law with Judge H.P. Broadnaz and John J. Crittenden. A National Republican, he was elected lieutenant governor in 1832, although Democrat John Breathitt won the race for governor. He was sworn in as the eleventh governor a day after the death of Breathitt in 1834. He was denied his party's nomination for governor in 1836. He went on to serve in the state legislature and as a U.S. Senator. He died in 1854.

From the description of James T. Morehead papers : letters, 1836. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 36923786


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