Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914

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Simon Bolivar Buckner, governor of Kentucky during 1887-91, was born near Munfordville, Kentucky, in 1823, to Aytell Hartswell and Elizabeth Ann Buckner. He entered West Point in 1840 and saw active duty in the Mexican War after graduation. He later became head of Kentucky's state militia, then joined the Confederate Army as brigadier general at the start of the Civil War. After the war, Buckner was a journalist and businessman in New Orleans until he was allowed to return to Kentucky in 1868. In 1887, he was nominated as Democratic candidate for governor and defeated Republican William O'Connell Bradley in a close race. He later ran for U.S. Senate and was became a vice-presidential candidate on the Gold Democrat ticket with Gen. John M. Palmer in 1896. He died in 1914 and was buried in Frankfort Cemetery.

From the description of Simon Bolivar Buckner family papers, 1780-1900. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 39204528

Confederate general during the Civil War; Governor of Kentucky, 1887-1891.

From the description of Buckner, Simon Bolivar, letter, 1862. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 23835084

American army officer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : West Point, to Messrs. John Earle, Jr., & Co., Boston, 1848 Oct. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270531147

Simon Bolivar Buckner was born at Glen Lily, near Munfordville, Kentucky, on April 1, 1823. He attended West Point and saw active duty during the Mexican War, serving with Gen. Winfield Scott. In 1850, he married Mary Jane Kingsbury with whom he had a daughter, Lily. After Mary Jane died in 1874, Buckner married Delia Claiborne in 1885. They had one son, Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. Buckner became head of the Kentucky state militia in 1860 and tried to preserve the state's neutrality in 1861. He rejected a Union commission and joined the Confederacy as a brigadier general. Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson to Gen. Grant in February 1862. After a prisoner exchange, he saw extensive duty in the western theatre. He was promoted to lieutenant general while serving in the trans-Mississippi theatre where he surrendered Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith's army in 1865. After the Civil War, Buckner was a journalist in New Orleans until he was allowed to return to Kentucky in 1868. Running on the Democratic ticket, Buckner defeated Republican William O'Connell Bradley to become governor of Kentucky in 1887. He was known for his honest and efficient administration during which he vetoed several private interest bills. A major scandal erupted in 1888 when he ordered a routine audit that had been neglected for years. State Treasurer, James W. "Honest Dick" Tate disappeared leaving a shortage of $247,128.50. Buckner failed to win the nomination for U.S. Senate in 1895 and eventually left the Democratic Party in 1896 when William Jennings Bryan was nominated for the presidency. Buckner became the vice-presidential candidate on the Gold Democrat ticket with Gen. John M. Palmer. He died Jan. 8, 1914 and was buried at the Frankfort Cemetery.

From the description of Simon Bolivar Buckner collection, 1861-1913. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 44486621

Lieutenant, 6th Infantry, War with Mexico, 1846-1847; major-general, Confederate Army, Civil War; governor of Kentucky, 1887-1891; unsuccessful candidate for vice-president, 1896.

From the description of Letters: to Beriah Magoffin, Frankfort, K[entuck]y, 1861. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27819370

U.S. Army and Confederate officer, Kentucky governor, vice-presidential candidate.

From the description of Simon Bolivar Buckner : papers, 1847-1896. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 46763820

General (1861-1865) for the Confederate Army and commander of the Dept. of East Tennessee (1863-1864).

From the description of Autograph letter, 1863 May 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70970645

Buckner was a Confederate general.

From the description of Autograph, ca. 1880. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83412370

Confederate lieutenant general and 1896 National Democratic candidate for vice president.

From the description of Papers, 1863-1914. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 38196558

Simon Bolivar Buckner was governor of Kentucky from 1887 to 1891.

From the description of Broadside, 1914 February 24. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49346820

Simon Bolivar Buckner, Confederate general, businessman, Democratic governor of Kentucky in 1887-1891, and the vice-presidential candidate of the National Democratic Party in the 1896 campaign. He died in 1914, in "Glen Lily," his country estate near Munfordville. He married Mary Kingsbury (1850) and Delia Claiborne (1885).

From the description of Papers of Simon Bolivar Buckner, 1828-1913 (bulk 1862-1912). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122552009

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referencedIn Alfred and Elizabeth Brand Collection of Civil War and Lee Family Papers, 1757-1925, (bulk 1838-1868) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Simon Bolivar Buckner collection, 1861-1913. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Brown, Alexander J. Letter, 1862 Feb. 23. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
referencedIn Yandell family. Yandell family added papers, 1837-1919. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Whipple, H. George S., b. ca. 1822. Whipple, H. George S., b. ca. 1822. Letters. 1859-1880. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Letter, Glen-Lily, Ky, 1904 Sept. 22, to H.G. Rugg. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Civil War collection. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Wier, Thomas Dabney, 1833-1898. Thomas D. Wier diary [manuscript], 1861-1863, 2006. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hillyer, William Silliman, 1831-1874. Papers of William Silliman Hillyer, 1822 (1861-1874) 1931, [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Dickinson, H.M. Letter to his father [manuscript], 1864 May 1. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Johnston, J. Stoddard (Josiah Stoddard), 1833-1913. J. Stoddard Johnston : papers, 1850-1912. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Winn-Cook Family Papers 1861-1875 Papers. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Lindsay family. Lindsay family papers, 1794-1932, 1867-1930 (bulk dates) University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Cave Hill Cemetery (Louisville, Ky.). Cave Hill Cemetery Papers, 1848-1963. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Confederate officers photograph album, n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Brown-Ewell family papers, 1781-1984. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Autograph letter signed : West Point, to Messrs. John Earle, Jr., & Co., Boston, 1848 Oct. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Bodley family. Bodley family papers, 1773-1939. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Bowling Green Lyceum. Minute book, 1846-1847. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Confederate States of America Records 66-26; 95-094; 98-025; 2009-318., 1856-1915 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Kentucky. General Assembly. Joint resolution of the General Assembly of Kentucky, 1914. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Yandell family. Yandell family papers, 1823-1877. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Papers, 1840-1896 Bulk 1840-1843. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Buckner, Simon Bolivar, letter, 1862. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Johnson, George W., 1811-1862. Papers, [ca. 1845]-1920. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky State Archives
referencedIn Wood, Thomas John, 1823-1906. Letter to Simon Bolivar Buckner, 7 April 1890. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Rothert, Otto Arthur, 1871-1956. Otto Arthur Rothert : miscellaneous papers, 1910-1921. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Letter to Colonel A.H. Buckner from Simon Bolivar Buckner, October 24, 1851. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Autograph, ca. 1880. American Primers
referencedIn Brent, George William. Papers, 1862-1881. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Bayless-Crawford family : Papers, 1770-1991 1861-1886. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Photographs of Confederate officers, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Simon Bolivar Buckner portraits and autographs, undated New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Haldeman, Walter Newman. Walter Newman Haldeman papers, 1841-1900. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Marshall, Humphrey, 1812-1872. Humphrey Marshall papers, 1827-1921 (bulk 1840-1872). The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Claiborne family. Papers, 1846-1938. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
referencedIn Civil War generals clipping files. ca. 1880-1920 (bulk). Porterville Public Library
referencedIn Sperry-Gathright family : papers, 1846-1964. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Simon Bolivar Buckner : papers, 1847-1896. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Johnson, Thomas. Thomas Johnson letters, 1857-1868, 1861-1865 (bulk dates) [microform]. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Confederate States of America. Confederate States of America records, 1856-1915. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Papers of Simon Bolivar Buckner, 1828-1913 (bulk 1862-1912). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lott family. Lott family letters, 1914. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Rosenstock autograph collection, 1800-1950 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Herron, Francis Jay, 1837-1902. Francis Jay Herron papers, 1861-1877 (bulk 1862-1865). New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Porter, Lucia Chauncey. Correspondence, 1853-1917. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Simon Bolivar Buckner family papers, 1780-1900. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Jefferson Davis collection, Davis, Jefferson collection, 1861-1865 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Bullitt, Thomas W. (Thomas Walker), 1838-1910. Diary, 1862-1864. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Hawes, R. (Richard), 1797-1877. Richard Hawes papers, 1826-1877, 1826-1865 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Griswold, James, fl. 1892. James Griswold letter, 1892 Feb. 9. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Flagg, S. Griswold. S. Griswold Flagg collection, 1825-1938 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Claude Halstead Van Tyne papers, 1885-1930 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Charlie Twine letter to Simon Bolivar Buckner, 1868. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Letters: to Beriah Magoffin, Frankfort, K[entuck]y, 1861. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn John Anthony Quitman papers, 1833-1858 (inclusive) 1847-1858 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Jefferson Davis collection, 1861-1865. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Autograph letter, 1863 May 19. Navarro College
creatorOf Hannon, Moses Wright b.1827. Papers, 1863-1865. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. Plan of a military campaign : AMs, [ca. 1861 Oct. 1] : Washington, D.C. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Leverich, Charles E. Charles E. Leverich diary, 1863 July 6-1864 Sept. 21. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Pollard, Charles T. (Charles Teed), 1842-1873. Confederate officers photograph album, undated. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Wagner, Sallie Brown McCampbell, 1841-1881. Sallie Brown Campbell Wagner : papers, 1854-1890. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Pim, Lewis T., 1828-1888. Papers of Lewis T. Pim, 1838-1888 (bulk 1861-1885) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Broadside, 1914 February 24. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876. Braxton Bragg Broadside, 29 September 1862. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Glover, Benjamin R. (Benjamin Robert), 1832-1871. Letters, 1862-1865. Alabama Department of Archives and History
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Letter, 1851 June 22. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914. Papers, 1863-1914. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Facsimile of Simon Bolivar Buckner newspaper article, [19--?]. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn S. Griswold Flagg collection, 1825-1938 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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associatedWith Brand, R. Alfred III, collector. person
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correspondedWith Buckner, Delia Claiborne, 1857-1932 person
associatedWith Buckner, Mary Kingsbury. person
associatedWith Bullitt, Thomas W. (Thomas Walker), 1838-1910. person
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Fort Donelson (Tenn.)
Kentucky
Kentucky
United States
United States
Kentucky
United States
Confederate States of America
Kentucky
Confederate States of America
United States
Kentucky
Kentucky
Kentucky--Hart County
West Point (N.Y.)
Confederate States of America
United States
Mexico
Tennessee
Great Britain
Jefferson Barracks (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Virginia
United States
United States
United States
Confederate States of America
Kentucky
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Railroads--History--19th century--Sources
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Overland journeys to the Pacific
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Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863--Sources
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Sources
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Birth 1823-04-01

Death 1914-01-08

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