Harry Vernon McChesney Collection, 1904-ca.1930

Descriptive Summary

Title
Harry Vernon McChesney Collection, 1904-ca.1930
Creator
McChesney, Harry Vernon, 1868-1947
Extent
23 items, .05 c.f.
Subjects
Civic leaders -- Kentucky -- 20th century
McChesney, Harry Vernon, 1868-1947 -- Correspondence
Jones, Richard Lloyd, 1873-1963 -- Correspondence
Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- Kentucky -- 20th century
Frankfort (KY) -- History -- 20th century
Y.M.C.A. of the USA
Kentucky Society for Crippled Children
Newspapers
Jones, Richard Lloyd, 1873-1963
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Born in Caldwell County, Kentucky in 1868, Harry Vernon McChesney began his career as a teacher in western Kentucky, eventually becoming the Superintendent of Livingston County schools. In 1899, at a political rally in Mayfield, his talent for public speaking was noticed by William Goebel, who added McChesney to his ticket for the gubernatorial election in the fall. In 1900, McChesney became State Superintendent for Public Instruction and then began a term as Secretary of State in 1904. McChesney ran for governor in 1915, but was defeated by A.O. Stanley. During World War I, he joined the Army Y.M.C.A. and served as Educational Director at Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville. After the war, he remained involved with the local and national Y.M.C.A., the Kentucky Historical Society, and later became involved with the Rotary Club of Frankfort and the Kentucky Society for Crippled Children. He died from complications after a minor operation in 1947.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of the speeches, historical sketches, schedule of speaking engagements, letters, and newspapers of Harry Vernon McChesney. The undated speeches and sketches concern the following themes and events: McChesney's candidacy for governor of Kentucky; the dedication of the Battle of Blue Licks monument; Prohibition; laying of the New Capitol cornerstone in Frankfort, Kentucky; Kentucky's state parks; Kentucky's state capitol buildings; Kentucky Society for Crippled Children; history of Frankfort; history of the Y.M.C.A. and the Frankfort Y.M.C.A.; and the American Navy and Frankfort as a "navy town". Dated between Dec. 12, 1904 and Feb. 27, 1905, McChesney's letters to and from Richard Lloyd Jones of Collier's Weekly Magazine concern the election of William Goebel as governor of Kentucky, election laws in Kentucky, and the statute separating whites and blacks at Berea College. Also included in this collection are two Trench and Camp newspapers published by the Y.M.C.A. for troops at Camp Zachary Taylor (Kentucky) during and shortly after World War I. Additionally, there is an undated political newspaper flyer concerning Prohibition.