James T. Morehead Letter,1838

Descriptive Summary

Title
James T. Morehead Letter,1838
Creator
Morehead, James T. (James Turner), 1797-1854
Extent
1 item
Finding Aid Author
Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James T. Morehead was the first native-born Kentuckian to serve as governor. A native of Bullitt County, Morehead attended Transylvania University and studied law with Judge H. P. Broadnax and John J. Crittenden. After membership in the Kentucky General Assembly, Morehead won election as lieutenant governor in 1832. Morehead succeeded Governor John Breathitt upon Breathitt's death in 1834. He did not win the nomination of his party, the National Republicans, in 1836 for a full term. After leaving office, he returned to the General Assembly. In the 1840s, as a Whig, Morehead served as an U. S. Senator. Following his term, he returned to the practice of law until his death in 1854.
Scope and Content
John Upshur Waring wrote this letter from Versailles, January 24, 1838, to former Kentucky Governor James T. Morehead concerning a legal case. Waring apparently retained Morehead to represent him in a legal matter and the note refers to a petition Waring wished Morehead to further.
Arrangement: Chronological
Variant Name: John Upshur Waring Letter.
Creator's Occupation: Governor, U. S. senator, legislator, attorney.
County: Woodford, Franklin