Wickliffe, C. A. (Charles Anderson), 1788-1869

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Birth 1788-06-08
Death 1869-10-31

Biographical notes:

Charles Anderson Wickliffe was born near Springfield, Kentucky, June 8, 1788. During the War of 1812, Wickliffe served as a private but was eventually promoted to aide-de-camp to Gen. Samuel Caldwell. He served as soldier and officer at the Battle of the Thames where an army of Kentuckians under congressman Richard M. Johnson defeated British and Indian forces and where the great Indian leader, Tecumseh, was killed. Wickliffe became commonwealth's attorney, state representative, and U.S. representative before becoming governor of Kentucky in 1839 after the death of Gov. James Clark. From 1841-45, Wickliffe was U.S. postmaster general. He also served in Kentucky's 1849 constitutional convention and was active in unsuccessful peace conferences prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. He was again elected to the U.S. House in 1861, but a carriage accident cut his term short the next year. Wickliffe died October 31, 1869 and was buried at Bardstown.

From the description of Charles A. Wickliffe papers, 1830-1859. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 38849980

Kentucky governor and U.S. postmaster general.

From the description of Charles Anderson Wickliffe : miscellaneous papers, 1826-1863. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49378758

Governor of and U.S. representative from Kentucky and U.S. postmaster general.

From the description of C. A. Wickliffe correspondence, 1862. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981364

Charles Anderson Wickliffe served in both the Kentucky House of Representatives and in the U.S. House of Representatives, as Kentucky's governor, and as the U.S. postmaster general.

From the description of Broadside, ca. 1820s. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49378757


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  • Postal service--History--19th century
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  • Wool--Growth--History--Sources
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  • Governor--Correspondence
  • Thames, Battle of the, Ont., 1813--Personal narratives, American
  • African American soldiers--History--19th century
  • Wool--Growth--History--19th century
  • African American soldiers--History--Sources


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  • Governors--Kentucky
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