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Charles Anderson Wickliffe, Governor of Kentucky; U.S. Representative from Kentucky; Postmaster General of the United States

Male 1788 - 1869  (81 years)


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  1. 1.  Charles Anderson Wickliffe, Governor of Kentucky; U.S. Representative from Kentucky; Postmaster General of the United States was born on 8 Jun 1788 in Springfield, Washington, Kentucky; died on 31 Oct 1869 in Ilchester, Howard, Maryland; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    From the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (citation details below):

    WICKLIFFE, CHARLES ANDERSON, (grandfather of Robert Charles Wickliffe and John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham), a Representative from Kentucky; born near Springfield, Washington County, Ky., June 8, 1788; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1809 and commenced practice in Bardstown; served in the War of 1812; was aide to General Winlock; member of the State house of representatives in 1812 and 1813; again entered the Army as aide to General Caldwell; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1822, 1823, and 1833-1835, and served as speaker in 1834; elected as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth Congress; reelected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth through the Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1833); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1830 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against James H. Peck, United States judge for the district of Missouri; Lieutenant Governor in 1836; became Governor upon the death of Governor Clark and served from October 5, 1839, to September 1840; Postmaster General from October 13, 1841, to March 6, 1845; sent on a secret mission by President Polk to the Republic of Texas in 1845; member of the State constitutional convention in 1849; member of the peace conference held at Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); did not seek renomination; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1863; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864; died near Ilchester, Md., October 31, 1869; interment in Bardstown Cemetery, Bardstown, Ky.

    Family/Spouse: Margaret Crepps. Margaret was born on 7 Sep 1788; died on 10 Dec 1863; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 2. Robert Charles Wickliffe, Governor of Louisiana  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 6 Jan 1819 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; died on 18 Apr 1895 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky.
    2. 3. Julia Wickliffe  Descendancy chart to this point was born in 1835; died in 1913 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Robert Charles Wickliffe, Governor of Louisiana Descendancy chart to this point (1.Charles1) was born on 6 Jan 1819 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; died on 18 Apr 1895 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    From Wikipedia (accessed 1 Nov 2020):

    Robert Charles Wickliffe […] was Lieutenant Governor and the 15th Governor of Louisiana from 1856 to 1860.

    He was born in Bardstown, Kentucky at Wickland to Governor (and later U.S. Postmaster General), Charles A. Wickliffe. His maternal grandfather was the famed Colonel Crips, an Indian fighter in Kentucky. Wickliffe attended several schools including St. Joseph's College in Bardstown and Augusta College. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 1840 and resided in Washington, DC during his father's tenure as Postmaster General in the Tyler Administration. He studied law under United States Attorney General Hugh Lagare and was admitted to the Kentucky bar.

    In 1843, Wickliffe married Anna Dawson, the daughter of Louisiana Congressman John Bennett Dawson and niece of Louisiana Governor Isaac Johnson. In 1846, the Wickliffes moved to St. Francisville, Louisiana so Robert could recover from pneumonia at his wife's family's plantation, Wyoming.

    Wickliffe ran for the Louisiana State Senate in 1851 as a Democrat and won. Reelected in 1853, he is appointed Chairman of the Commission on Public Education, and became President Pro Tempore of the Louisiana Senate when W. W. Farmer became Lieutenant Governor. When Farmer died in office in 1854, Wickliffe, as President Pro Temp, became Lieutenant Governor.

    In 1855, Wickliffe was nominated as the Democratic candidate for Governor of Louisiana. He went on to defeat Charles Derbigny, son of former Governor Pierre Derbigny, who was running on the Know Nothing ticket. In winning, Wickliffe drew 3,000 more votes than Derbigny and carried 31 of 48 parishes.

    In his inaugural address in Baton Rouge, Governor Wickliffe advocated a united Democratic South to protect state's rights and he championed the expansion of American power to the Caribbean, Mexico, Cuba and Central America in order to protect slavery in the United States. His administration continued the trend of railroad building, but critics claimed he ignored public education. The Panic of 1857 caused unrest and depression throughout the country and Louisiana was hard hit. Governor Wickliffe blamed a loosely managed Board of Currency in Louisiana. As a consequence, he ordered banks to make weekly statements to the Board of Currency. The unrest changed to violence in New Orleans, which was under Know Nothing control, and Wickliffe was forced to dispatch the militia to ensure the validity of the 1858 elections.

    After his term as Governor ended, Wickliffe returned to planting and the practice of law in St. Francisville. In the Presidential election of 1860, Wickliffe joined Senator Pierre Soulé in backing Stephen A. Douglas. The other Louisiana Senator, John Slidell, backed former Vice President John C. Breckinridge from Kentucky. Wickliffe was selected to be a delegate for Douglas at the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

    In 1861, Wickliffe did not actively support secession and during the Civil War he tried to act as an intermediary between the Confederacy and the Union. After the war was over, in 1865, Wickliffe was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Louisiana's 3rd congressional district. He was not seated as Louisiana was deemed "not reconstructed."

    Wickliffe married his second wife, Anna Davis Anderson in 1870. He was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention supporting Samuel J. Tilden in 1876 and in 1884 was delegate supporting Grover Cleveland. In 1892, he reentered electoral politics when he was nominated for Lieutenant Governor by the Louisiana Lottery faction of the Democratic Party. Wickliffe lost to anti-lottery Democrats led by Murphy James Foster. Wickliffe died while visiting relatives in Kentucky on April 18, 1895.

    Robert married Anna Ruffin Dawson in 1843. Anna (daughter of John Bennett Dawson, U. S. Representative from Louisiana) was born in 1824; died on 18 May 1853; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Robert married Annie Davis Anderson in 1870. Annie was born in 1837; died in 1876; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 4. Robert Charles Wickliffe, U. S. Representative from Louisiana  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 1 May 1874 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; died on 11 Jun 1912 in Washington, D.C.; was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky.

  2. 3.  Julia Wickliffe Descendancy chart to this point (1.Charles1) was born in 1835; died in 1913 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky.

    Family/Spouse: William Netherton Beckham. William was born in 1832; died in 1882 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; was buried in Bardstown City Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. 5. John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham, Governor of Kentucky; Senator from Kentucky  Descendancy chart to this point was born on 5 Aug 1869 in Wickland, Nelson, Kentucky; died on 9 Jan 1940 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky; was buried in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin, Kentucky.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Robert Charles Wickliffe, U. S. Representative from Louisiana Descendancy chart to this point (2.Robert2, 1.Charles1) was born on 1 May 1874 in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky; died on 11 Jun 1912 in Washington, D.C.; was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    From the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (citation details below):

    WICKLIFFE, ROBERT CHARLES, (grandson of Charles Anderson Wickliffe and cousin of John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Bardstown, Ky., May 1, 1874, while his parents were on a visit to relatives in that State; attended the public schools of St. Francisville, La.; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1895 and from the law department of Tulane University, New Orleans, La., in 1897; was admitted to the bar in 1898 and commenced practice in St. Francisville, La.; member of the State constitutional convention in 1898; enlisted as a private in Company E, First Regiment, Louisiana Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish-American War; was mustered out of the service in October 1898; returned to West Feliciana Parish; district attorney of the twenty-fourth judicial district of Louisiana 1902-1906; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until June 11, 1912, when he was killed while crossing a railroad bridge in Washington, D.C.; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.


  2. 5.  John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham, Governor of Kentucky; Senator from Kentucky Descendancy chart to this point (3.Julia2, 1.Charles1) was born on 5 Aug 1869 in Wickland, Nelson, Kentucky; died on 9 Jan 1940 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky; was buried in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin, Kentucky.

    Notes:

    From the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (citation details below):

    BECKHAM, JOHN CREPPS WICKLIFFE, (Grandson of Charles Anderson Wickliffe and cousin of Robert Charles Wickliffe), a Senator from Kentucky; born in Wickland, near Bardstown, Nelson County, Ky., August 5, 1869; attended the Roseland Academy at Bardstown and Central University, Richmond, Ky.; high school principal; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Bardstown in 1893; member, State house of representatives 1894-1898, serving as speaker in 1898; lieutenant governor of Kentucky in 1899, becoming Governor upon the death of the Governor, February 3, 1900; subsequently elected Governor for the unexpired term ending December 8, 1903, and reelected for the term 1903-1907; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1914 and served from March 4, 1915 to March 3, 1921; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Labor (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Louisville, Ky.; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Kentucky in 1927; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1936; died in Louisville, Ky., January 9, 1940; interment in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Ky.

    From Wikipedia (accessed 1 Nov 2020):

    John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham […] was the 35th Governor of Kentucky and a United States Senator from Kentucky. He was the state's first popularly-elected senator after the passage of the Seventeenth Amendment.

    Descended from a prominent political family, Beckham was chosen as Democrat William Goebel's running mate in the gubernatorial election of 1899 despite the fact that he had turned 30, the minimum age for governor, during the campaign. Goebel lost the election to Republican William S. Taylor, but the Kentucky General Assembly disputed the election results. During the political wrangling that followed, an unknown assassin shot Goebel. A day later the General Assembly invalidated enough votes to give the election to Goebel, who was sworn into office on his deathbed. Taylor claimed the election had been stolen by the Democratic majority in the General Assembly, and a legal fight occurred between him and Beckham over the governorship. Beckham ultimately prevailed and Taylor fled the state. Beckham later won a special election to fill the remainder of Goebel's term, since less than half the term had expired, and an election in his own right in 1903.

    During his second term as governor, in 1906, Beckham made a bid to become a US senator. His stance in favor of prohibition cost him the votes of four legislators in his own party, and in 1908 the General Assembly gave the seat to Republican William O. Bradley, who had been governor from 1895 to 1899. Six years later, Beckham secured the seat by popular election, but he lost his re-election bid in 1920, largely because of his pro-temperance views and his opposition to women's suffrage.

    Though he continued to play an active role in state politics for another two decades, he never returned to elected office, failing both in his gubernatorial bid in 1927 (with suspected electoral fraud) and his senatorial campaign in 1936. He died in Louisville on January 9, 1940.

    Beckham County, Oklahoma, is named for him.

    Family/Spouse: Jean Raphael Fuqua. Jean (daughter of Joseph Anderson Fuqua and Eleanor Raphael Smith) was born on 19 Aug 1879; died on 4 Oct 1962; was buried in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin, Kentucky. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]