Rowan, John, 1773-1843

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John Rowan was a jurist and congressman born in York, Pa. He moved to Louisville in 1783 and Bardstown in 1790. He held several state political post before being elected to the Senate in 1825. He is best remembered for building Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home).

From the description of Rowan, John, 1773-1843 1828 April 14 Letter. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49235818

Rowan was born in York, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Kentucky in 1783, settling in Louisville, and moving to Bardstown seven years later. After studying law under Kentucky Attorney General George Nicholas, Rowan gained admission to the bar in 1795. He began a political career in 1799 as a delegate from Nelson County to the constitutional convention of that year. In 1804 he received appointment as Kentucky secretary of state. Two years later Rowan won election to a term in Congress from Nelson County. Rowan represented Nelson County in the Kentucky General Assembly in the 1810s and Jefferson County in the 1820s. From 1819 to 1821 Rowan held a seat on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He was elected to one term in the U.S. Senate in 1824. He divided his time between homes in Bardstown and Louisville when he returned to the commonwealth. His home in Bardstown, Federal Hill, begun in 1795, is now My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Rowan was elected president of the Kentucky Historical Society in 1838 and held the office to his death in 1843.

From the description of John Rowan papers, 1805-1829. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 42837326

U.S. senator and U.S. representative from Kentucky, public official of Kentucky, and jurist.

From the description of Papers of John Rowan, circa 1826-1849. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71015413

Kentucky lawyer, jurist, U.S. congressman and senator.

From the description of John Rowan : miscellaneous papers, 1807-1841. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49310576

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creatorOf Rowan, John, 1773-1843. John Rowan papers, 1805-1829. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Bodley family. Bodley family papers, 1773-1939. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Rowan, John, 1773-1843. Papers of John Rowan, circa 1826-1849. Library of Congress
referencedIn Hinde, Thomas S. (Thomas Spottswood), 1785-1846. Draper manuscripts: Thomas Spottswood Hinde papers, 1807-1845. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850,. Letters to Benjamin Watkins Leigh [manuscript] 1819-1842. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Arnold, Margaret Chambers, 1867-1948. Margaret Chambers Arnold : papers, 1789-1913. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Arnold, Margaret Chambers, 1867-1948. Margaret Chambers Arnold : papers, 1789-1913. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Brown, Orlando, 1801-1867. Orlando Brown : papers, 1780-1898. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Fitch, John, 1743-1798. John Fitch : miscellaneous papers, 1782-1814. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Pirtle, Henry, 1798-1880. Henry Pirtle : miscellaneous papers, 1843-1856. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Rowan, John, 1773-1843. Unfinished autobiography of John Rowan written in 1841 at Federal Hill, Ky. : typescript, [19--] Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Eaton, John Henry, 1790-1856. Letter, 1828 Aug. 31. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Reid, Samuel Chester, 1783-1861. Samuel Chester Reid family papers, 1807-1963 (bulk 1830-1897). Library of Congress
referencedIn Ohio County, Kentucky records, 1799-1924, 1800-1860. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Randolph, John, 1773-1833. John Randolph Letter to John Rowan [manuscript], 1832 August 16. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Yandell family. Yandell family papers, 1823-1877. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Rowan, John, 1773-1843. John Rowan : miscellaneous papers, 1807-1841. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Guthrie family. Guthrie-Caperton family : papers, 1780-1939. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Flaget, Benedict Joseph, 1763-1850. Benedict Joseph Flaget papers, 1806-1842. Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Archival Center
referencedIn Crittenden, John J. (John Jordan), 1787-1863. Crittenden, John J. (John Jordan) 1787-1863 5 January 1820 letter. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Samuel Chester Reid Family Papers, 1807-1963, (bulk 1830-1897) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Nesbet, Jeremiah, fl. 1806. Commission, 11 Jan. 1806. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Randolph, John, 1773-1833. Letter to John Rowan, 1832 August 16. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Rowan, John, 1773-1843. Rowan, John, 1773-1843 1828 April 14 Letter. The Filson Historical Society
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associatedWith Arnold, Margaret Chambers, 1867-1948. person
associatedWith Bank of the United States (1816-1836) corporateBody
associatedWith Bodley family. family
associatedWith Brown, Orlando, 1801-1867. person
associatedWith Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850. person
associatedWith Crittenden, John J. (John Jordan), 1787-1863. person
associatedWith Eaton, John Henry, 1790-1856. person
associatedWith Fitch, John, 1743-1798. person
correspondedWith Flaget, Benedict Joseph, 1763-1850. person
associatedWith Guthrie family. person
associatedWith Hinde, Thomas S. (Thomas Spottswood), 1785-1846. person
associatedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845. person
correspondedWith Kendall, Amos, 1789-1869 person
associatedWith Morrison, James. person
associatedWith Nesbet, Jeremiah, fl. 1806. person
associatedWith Pirtle, Henry, 1798-1880. person
associatedWith Randolph, John, 1773-1833. person
associatedWith Reid, Samuel Chester, 1783-1861. person
associatedWith Reid, Samuel C. (Samuel Chester), 1818-1897 person
associatedWith Rowan family. family
associatedWith Rowan, John, 1807-1855. person
correspondedWith Tichenor, Isaac, 1754-1838 person
associatedWith Yandell family. family
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Kentucky
Nelson County (Ky.)
United States
Kentucky
Subject
Frontier and pioneer life
Nullification (States' rights)--History--19th century
Voyages and travels--19th century
Cabinet officers--Correspondence
Fraud
Diplomats--Selection and appointment
Business failures--Law and legislation--History--Sources
Nullification (States' rights)--History--Sources
Elections
Business failures--Law and legislation--History--19th century
Occupation
Senators, U.S. Congress--Kentucky
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Kentucky
Jurists
Public officials--Kentucky
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Birth 1773-07-12

Death 1843-07-13

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