General Thomas Bodley Papers, 1797-1832

Descriptive Summary

Title
General Thomas Bodley Papers, 1797-1832
Creator
Bodley, Thomas, fl. ca.1790-1833
Extent
1 box, .5 c.f.
Subjects
Bodley, Thomas
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841
Kentucky--Militia
Whig Party (U.S.)
Land use surveys--Kentucky
Politics--Kentucky
Land Titles--Kentucky
United States--History--War of 1812
Fayette County (Ky.)--History
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
General Thomas Bodley became one of Fayette County's first commissioners. He was also elected clerk of a newly formed Democratic political society in the 1790s. However, Bodley later became active and influential in the Whig Party, as his letters from Henry Clay and William Henry Harrison show. Bodley served as a presidential elector in 1817, 1821, and 1825, and was clerk of the Lexington district of the U.S. Court. Bodley was a quartermaster with the Northwest army during the War of 1812, holding the rank of major. He apparently became a general in the Kentucky militia after his return from the war. Bodley is also credited as one of the early organizers of Masonry in Kentucky.
Scope and Content
This collection contains correspondence, business papers, and land documents pertaining to the life and business affairs of General Thomas Bodley, a prominent Fayette County, Kentucky landowner and citizen.
The papers include letters concerning politics and public affairs of the era, such as the Clay and Harrison letters previously cited. Land documents, surveys, related letters, and business papers are also present. There are two letters written by Bodley to his wife during the war and other letters to Bodley concerning the conflict and his duties with the army.
Arrangement: Chronological
Creator's Occupation: Landowner, Army official, government official
County: Fayette