Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler Sr. was an American politician from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He represented the Commonwealth in the U. S. Senate and served as 49th governor. Aside from his political positions, he served as the second Commissioner of Baseball from 1945 to 1951 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, his grandson, Ben Chandler served as congressman for Kentucky's Sixth District. A multi-sport athlete during his college days at Transylvania College, Chandler considered a career in professional baseball before deciding to pursue a law degree. After graduation, he entered politics and was elected as a Democrat to the Kentucky Senate in 1928. Two years he was elected lieutenant governor, serving under Governor Ruby Laffoon. Chandler and Laffoon disagreed on the issue of instituting a state sales tax and when Chandler, the presiding officer in the state senate, worked to block the legislation, Laffoon's allies in the General Assembly stripped him of many of his statutory powers.
The tax passed by a narrow margin. Knowing that Laffoon would try to select his own successor at the Democratic nominating convention, Chandler waited until Laffoon left the state—leaving Chandler as acting governor—and called the legislature into session to enact a mandatory primary election bill; the bill passed, in the ensuing primary, Chandler defeated Laffoon's choice, Thomas Rhea. He went on to defeat Republican King Swope by the largest margin of victory for a Kentucky gubernatorial race to that time; as governor, Chandler oversaw the repeal of the sales tax, replacing the lost revenue with new excise taxes and the state's first income tax. He enacted a major reorganization of state government, realizing significant savings for the state, he used these savings to pay off the state debt and improve the state's education and transportation systems. Convinced that he was destined to become President of the United States, Chandler challenged Senate Majority Leader Alben Barkley for his U. S. Senate seat in 1938.
During the campaign, President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to the state to campaign for Barkley, Chandler lost a close race; the following year, Kentucky's other senator, Marvel Mills Logan, died in office, Chandler resigned as governor so his successor could appoint him to the vacant seat. A fiscal conservative and disciple of Virginia's Harry F. Byrd, Chandler opposed parts of Roosevelt's New Deal and disagreed with the president's decision to prioritize European operations in World War II over the war in the Pacific. In 1945, Chandler resigned his senate seat to succeed the late Kenesaw Mountain Landis as commissioner of baseball, his most significant action as commissioner was the approval of Jackie Robinson's contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers integrating Major League Baseball. He established the first pension fund for Major League players, earning him the title "the players' commissioner". Baseball owners were upset with Chandler's governance and did not renew his contract in 1951. Following his term as commissioner, Chandler returned to Kentucky and won a second term as governor in 1955.
The major accomplishments of his second term were enforcing the racial integration of the state's public schools and establishing a medical school at the University of Kentucky, named the Chandler Medical Center in his honor. Following his second term as governor, his political influence began to wane as he made three more unsuccessful runs for governor in 1963, 1967, 1971, his endorsement of dark-horse candidate Wallace G. Wilkinson was seen as critical to Wilkinson's successful gubernatorial campaign in 1988. Wilkinson resisted calls to remove Chandler from the University of Kentucky board of trustees following Chandler's use of a racial epithet during a board meeting in 1988. In his retirement, Chandler made numerous public appearances and remained active in state politics and events. Chandler died a month before his ninety-third birthday. Albert Benjamin Chandler was born in the farming community of Corydon, Kentucky, in 1898, he was the eldest child of Callie Chandler. Chandler's father rescued his mother from an orphanage and married her when she was 15, but no record of their marriage has been found.
In 1899, Chandler's brother Robert was born. Two years their mother, still in her teens and unable to cope with raising two young children, abandoned the family, she left her sons with their father. In his autobiography, Chandler said. Years he sought his mother and found her living in Jacksonville, Florida, she had married again and he had three half-siblings. His full brother, Robert Chandler, died. Chandler was raised by his father and relatives, by age 8, he supported himself financially from his paper route and doing odd jobs in his community. In 1917, he graduated from Corydon High School, where he had been captain of the baseball and football teams, his father wanted him to study for the ministry, but Chandler instead entered Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky. It was there, he paid for his education by doing chores for the local citizens. Chandler was captain of Transylvania's basketball and baseball teams and the quarterback of the football team, he was a teammate of a future member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
He joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and the Omicron De
John G. Carlisle
John Griffin Carlisle was a prominent American politician in the Democratic Party during the last quarter of the 19th century. He served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, from 1883 to 1889 and afterward served as Secretary of the Treasury, from 1893 to 1897, during the Panic of 1893; as a Bourbon Democrat he was a leader of the conservative, pro-business wing of the party, along with President Grover Cleveland. Carlisle was born in what is now Kenton County and began his public life as a lawyer in Covington, under John W. Stevenson. Carlisle married Mary Jane Goodson on January 15, 1857, they had two sons: William Kinkead Carlisle and Logan Griffin Carlisle. Mary Jane Goodson was born in Covington, August 2, 1835, her father, Major John Adam Goodson, served in the war of 1812, for several terms represented his district in the House of Representatives. Both William Kinkead Carlisle and Logan Griffin Carlisle were lawyers by profession. William Carlisle had three children.
Despite the political difficulties that taking a neutral position during the American Civil War caused him, Carlisle spent most of the 1860s in the Kentucky General Assembly, serving in the Kentucky House of Representatives and two terms in the Kentucky State Senate, was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1871, succeeding his former law mentor Stevenson. After Carlisle's term as Lieutenant Governor ended in 1875, he ran for and won a seat in the United States House of Representatives for Kentucky's 6th district. On the main issues of the day, Carlisle was in favor of coining silver, but not for free coinage, favored lower tariffs, he became a leader of the low-tariff wing of the Democratic Party, was chosen by House Democrats to become Speaker in 1883 over Samuel J. Randall, a leader of the party's protectionist wing. Carlisle became a leader of the conservative Bourbon Democrats and was mentioned as a presidential candidate but the Democrats passed him over at their conventions for Winfield S. Hancock in 1880 and Grover Cleveland in 1884.
Discomfort with nominating a southerner after the Civil War played a role in Carlisle's failure to win either nomination. In 1892 Carlisle was again proposed as a candidate for president at the Democratic convention, but this time Carlisle asked that he not be considered, it was reported at the time that Carlisle dropped out with the understanding that Cleveland, once nominated, would appoint him to his Cabinet. In 1890, Carlisle was appointed to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term of James B. Beck; when Cleveland was again elected to the Presidency in 1892, he chose Carlisle as his Secretary of the Treasury. Carlisle's tenure as Secretary was marred by the Panic of 1893, a financial and economic disaster so severe that it ended Carlisle's political career. In response to a run on the American gold supply, Carlisle felt forced to end silver coinage, he felt compelled to oppose the 1894 Wilson-Gorman Tariff bill. These two stands were unpopular among agrarian Democrats. In 1896 Carlisle strenuously opposed Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan, supporting a splinter Gold Democrat candidate, once-Illinois Governor Palmer, instead.
By 1896, the once remarkably popular Carlisle was so disliked due to his stewardship of the currency that he was forced to leave the stage in the middle of a speech in his home town of Covington due to a barrage of rotten eggs. By May 1899, the North American Trust Company had directors such as John G. Carlisle, Adlai E. Stevenson, Wager Swayne, he moved to New York City, where he practiced law, died on July 31, 1910, at age 75, is buried in Linden Grove Cemetery in Covington, Kentucky. Carlisle County, Kentucky was established in 1886. United States Congress. "John G. Carlisle". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Barnes, James A. John G. Carlisle: Financial Statesman. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1931. Beito, David T. and Linda Royster Beito. Gold Democrats and the Decline of Classical Liberalism from 1896 to 1900, Independent Review 4, 555-75. Encyclopedia of Kentucky. New York, New York: Somerset Publishers. 1987. Pp. 127–129. ISBN 0-403-09981-1. Garraty, John A. and Mark C. Carnes. American National Biography, vol.
4, "Carlisle, John G.". New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. McAfee, John J.. Kentucky politicians: sketches of representative Corncrackers and other miscellany. Louisville, Kentucky: Press of the Courier-Journal job printing company. Pp. 44–47. Williams, R. Hal. Years of Decision: American Politics in the 1890s. New York: Wiley, 1978. John G. Carlisle at Linden Grove Cemetery "Carlisle, John Griffin". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900
James Greene Hardy
James Greene Hardy was a politician from the U. S. state of Kentucky who belonged to the American or Know-Nothing Party. Prior to being elected the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, he was a prominent surveyor and teacher for many years. Hardy was born in Virginia. A descendant of the Hardy Plantation family of Virginia associated with the Hardy Mill, Hardy was the son of Isham Peter Hardy and Mary'Polly' Snead, who had married in Lunenberg County on August 14, 1792. Hardy's family migrated from Lunenberg County to what became Hart County and the family became involved in local politics, with various family members serving in various local capacities instrumental for establishing basic governmental services in Munfordville, in what became Hart County circa 1815-1818. Although Hardy's family had owned many slaves in Virginia, the Kentucky branch of the Hardy family had not brought any slaves from Virginia with them in their migration from Virginia to Kentucky, it is believed by many within the family that the reason for the move from Virginia itself was caused over differences in beliefs regarding slavery.
Hence, it is believed by his descendants that had James G. Hardy lived, he would have joined the nascent Republican Party by 1860 at the latest. Hardy was married three times, he married Elizabeth Edwards, on January 25, 1814 in Barren County. To this marriage were born 10 children, he married Elizabeth Jane Jennings, on October 10, 1833 in Barren County. To this marriage were born 2 additional children Hardy was married for the third and final time to Minerva K. Guffey on October 27, 1848 in Barren County, no children were born to this marriage. Hardy moved to near Glasgow, Kentucky to make his own professional future and to begin his political future, it was from Glasgow that he first held political office. As a state-level politician, he was supportive of the policies of the Know-Nothing Party in the years just before the Civil War; when asked his position on slavery, he would reply in vague terms that it was a serious matter that he would give careful and measured thought to if elected. Charles S. Morehead and James G. Hardy ran for Governor and Lt. Governor in 1854 on the Know-Nothing Party ticket in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
They both won election, Gov. Morehead served from 1855 until 1859, completing his term. Hardy, died before completing his term on July 16, 1856, serving only from 1855 to 1856, his body was sent by rail to Glasgow, KY. A large funeral procession went out from Glasgow, he was buried on his farm estate in an above-ground mausoleum near Rock Springs Baptist Church, amidst a crowd of several hundred local citizens who accompanied the final procession to pay their respects. An historical marker honoring Hardy is located today on the west side of U. S. Route 31W 13 miles north of Glasgow, near Rock Springs Baptist Church and the Hardy homeplace/cemetery; the land for Rock Springs Baptist Church, near the Hart and Barren County line, near the Hardy homeplace and Hardy School, was donated by the Hardy family. Hardyville, Kentucky in Hart County was named in his honor, commemorating a series of popular stump speeches that he gave in the area while campaigning for political office
Gabriel Slaughter was the seventh Governor of Kentucky and was the first person to ascend to that office upon the death of the sitting governor. His family moved to Kentucky from Virginia when he was young, he became a member of the Kentucky militia. He received a citation from the state legislature in recognition of his service at the Battle of New Orleans. After spending a decade in the state legislature, Slaughter was elected the fourth Lieutenant Governor, serving under Charles Scott. With the War of 1812 looming at the end of his tenure, Slaughter ran for governor against Isaac Shelby, the state's first governor and a noted military leader. Shelby beat Slaughter soundly. Four years Slaughter was again elected as lieutenant governor, serving under George Madison. Madison died a short time into his term, whereupon Slaughter became acting governor, he sought to be sworn in as governor, but public sentiment turned against him when he replaced Shelby's son-in-law with John Pope as Secretary of State.
Pope was an unpopular figure in Kentucky and, after his appointment, some in the General Assembly began to call for a special election to replace Slaughter. The measure did not pass, but Slaughter was never able to shed the title of "acting governor." Following his term as governor, Slaughter became a Baptist lay minister and served on the first board of trustees of Georgetown College. He was buried in his family's cemetery. Gabriel Slaughter was born in Culpeper County in the Colony of Virginia on December 12, 1767, the son of Robert and Susannah Slaughter, he was worked as a farmer. In 1786, Slaughter married a cousin, Sarah Slaughter, the couple had two daughters – Mary Buckner Slaughter and Susan Harrison Slaughter. Slaughter's father visited Kentucky as early as 1776, moved to Mercer County permanently in 1789. In September 1791, Gabriel Slaughter sold his land in Virginia, he and his family followed his father to Kentucky, he became known for his generosity, his large mansion on the turnpike to Lexington was nicknamed "Wayfarer's Rest" because of the vast number of travelers that he allowed to stay there.
Among his guests was future lieutenant governor Robert B. McAfee. Soon after his arrival in Kentucky, his wife Sarah died, leaving Slaughter to care for his two daughters alone. In 1795, Slaughter was appointed justice of the peace in Mercer County by Governor Isaac Shelby; the same year, he was named a tax commissioner for a district of Mercer County. On a return trip to Virginia in 1797, Slaughter married Sara Hord; the couple returned to Slaughter's home in Mercer County, where they had three children: John Hord Slaughter, Frances Ann Hord Slaughter, Felix Grundy Slaughter. Slaughter's political career began in earnest with his 1797 election to the Kentucky House of Representatives representing Mercer County, he was named to the Committee on Enrollments, served as chair, since he delivered the committee's reports to the Assembly. It is unclear whether he did not seek re-election in 1798, or whether he was defeated in that year's canvass. Whatever the case, he filled the space of his legislative hiatus by serving as trustee of the newly incorporated Harrodsburg Academy.
He was re-elected to the state House in 1799. In addition to the Committee on Enrollments, he served on the Committee on Privileges and Elections and a joint committee that reported on the state of the Auditor's, Treasurer's, Registrar's offices. Records show that he served as chairman when the House sat as a committee of the whole on November 25, 1799. Slaughter was re-elected to the state House in 1800, from 1801 to 1808 he served in the Kentucky Senate. In 1801, he was chosen as one of three commissioners from Mercer County charged with selling stock shares in the Kentucky River Company, chartered to clear obstructions in the Kentucky River from its mouth to the mouth of its south fork. In 1804, he was a candidate for President Pro Tempore of the Kentucky Senate following the death of the Senate's presiding officer, Lieutenant Governor John Caldwell. However, Thomas Posey proved the more popular choice. From 1807 to 1808, he served as chair of the Senate Committee of Grievances. Slaughter was elected lieutenant governor in 1808.
In a four-man race, he received more than three times the number of votes as his nearest opponent. His four-year term under Governor Charles Scott was undistinguished. Although the exact date is unknown, it is that the death of Slaughter's second wife preceded his election as lieutenant governor. On October 3, 1811, he married Elizabeth Rodes, a widow from Scott County. Prohibited by the Kentucky Constitution from succeeding himself as lieutenant governor, Slaughter ran for governor of Kentucky in 1812; the impending war with England, drew military hero and former governor Isaac Shelby into the race. Despite Shelby's immense popularity, Slaughter refused to withdraw from the race and was soundly beaten by more than a two-to-one margin. Following his defeat, Slaughter took a two-year hiatus from public life, engaged in farming at his estate in Mercer County. Slaughter had been commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the Fifth Regiment of the Kentucky militia on December 24, 1803, he was promoted to the rank of major in 1802 and colonel in 1803.
In 1814, he answered Governor Shelby's call for volunteers to serve in the army of the Southwest under General Andrew Jackson. When the Quartermaster general did not deliver promised supplies to Slaughter's regiment, private funds had to be used to purchase boats for their travel down the Mississippi River, they al
Steven Lynn Beshear is an American attorney and politician who served as the 61st governor of Kentucky from 2007 to 2015. He served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1974 to 1980, was the state's 44th Attorney General from 1980 to 1983, was the 49th lieutenant governor from 1983 to 1987. After graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1968, Beshear practiced law in New York before returning to Kentucky and being elected to the state legislature, where he gained a reputation as a consumer advocate, he parlayed that reputation into a term as attorney general, serving under Governor John Y. Brown, Jr; as attorney general, Beshear issued an opinion that copies of the Ten Commandments would have to be removed from the walls of the state's classrooms in the wake of the U. S. Supreme Court's decision in Graham, he clashed with first lady Phyllis George Brown when he opposed the practice of charging an admission fee for visitors to view the renovated governor's mansion.
In 1983, Beshear was elected lieutenant governor in the administration of Governor Martha Layne Collins. His most significant action in this capacity was the formation of the Kentucky Tomorrow Commission, a panel charged with making recommendations for the future of the state. Beshear's initial rise to political prominence was interrupted in 1987 when he finished third in a five-candidate Democratic gubernatorial primary election; the Beshear campaign's sparring with that of former Governor Brown, the second-place finisher in the primary, opened the door for political novice Wallace Wilkinson's well-financed campaign to achieve a come-from-behind upset in the race. For the next 20 years, Beshear practiced law at a Lexington law firm, his only foray into politics during this period was an unsuccessful challenge to Senator Mitch McConnell in 1996. In 2007, Beshear was drawn back into politics by the vulnerability of incumbent Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher, whose administration was under extended investigation by then-Attorney General Greg Stumbo, over violations of the state's merit system.
In the 2007 gubernatorial election, Beshear emerged from a six-candidate Democratic primary – on the strength of his pledge to expand casino gambling as a means of further funding social programs like education – and defeated Fletcher in the general election. Beshear won re-election in 2011, defeating Republican David L. Williams and Independent Gatewood Galbraith, he was ineligible for re-election in 2015 due to term limits imposed by the Kentucky Constitution. Steve Beshear was born on September 1944 in Hopkins County, Kentucky, he is the third of five children born to Mary Elizabeth Beshear. He was raised in the small town of Dawson Springs, where his father owned a furniture store, operated a funeral home, served as mayor, his father and uncle were all Primitive Baptist lay ministers, in his childhood years, Beshear attended both his father's church and the Christian Church where his mother was a member. Beshear accompanied his uncle, Fred Beshear, as he traveled around the county during several races for a seat in the state House of Representatives.
Beshear graduated as valedictorian in a class of 28 at Dawson Springs High School in 1962. He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1966, he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He was elected student body treasurer and from 1964 to 1965 served as student body president. While in college, he attended Lexington Primitive Baptist Church and had lunch at the home of Harold and Marie Fletcher, whose son Ernie he would challenge for the governorship of Kentucky. In 1968, Beshear graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Law; the next year, he married Jane Klingner. After the marriage, Beshear joined the Crestwood Christian Church; the couple have two sons, Jeffery Scott Beshear and Andrew Graham Beshear, two grandsons, one granddaughter. Following their marriage, the Beshears moved to New York City, where Steve worked for the Wall Street law firm of White & Case, he served as an intelligence specialist in the United States Army Reserve, performing some of the duties of a Judge Advocate General.
After two and a half years, the family returned to Kentucky, where Beshear had joined the Lexington law firm of Harbison, Kessinger and Bush. He went into practice for himself in 1974. Taking on partners, he formed the law firm of Beshear and Green, he led the firm until his election as attorney general in 1979. In 1973, Beshear began his political career by being elected to represent the 76th District in the Kentucky House of Representatives. During his first term, his colleagues named him the most outstanding freshman legislator, he was re-elected in 1975 and 1977. As a legislator, Beshear gained a reputation as a consumer advocate, sponsored bills to increase environmental protections and end the practice of commercial bail bonding. In 1974, Beshear voted against a resolution condemning the practice of desegregation busing because it called for changes to the federal constitution. One of his major accomplishments in the House was spearheading legislation to improve neonatal care at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Although he considered a 1978 bill requiring the posting of the Ten Commandments in Kentucky classrooms to be unconstitutional, he abstained from voting on it rather than voting against it, a move he claimed he regretted. Beshear was the first candidate to announce
John C. Underwood
John Cox Underwood was an American civil engineer, Confederate veteran and the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. Underwood was born in Georgetown, Washington, D. C. on September 12, 1840, the son of U. S. Representative Joseph Rogers Underwood and his second wife, Elizabeth Threlkeld Cox, his grandfather John Cox was the mayor of Georgetown from 1823 until 1845, before it was annexed into Washington, D. C, he attended local private schools Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York City, from which he received a civil engineering degree in 1862. He married Drucilla Duncan Underwood and they had two daughters, Helen Underwood Hine, her sister Drucilla Underwood Grant. After graduation, although his father was a Unionist, John Underwood enlisted in Breckenridge's Division, Engineer Corps of the Confederate States Army, served in Virginia and Tennessee, his uncle John Threlkeld Cox was a civil engineer and led several different Confederate cavalry brigades of Kentucky volunteers. Young John Underwood soon contracted typhoid fever, was captured in 1863 at Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Imprisoned in Cincinnati and Boston, he received a parol from President Abraham Lincoln. After the American Civil War, Underwood became Bowling Green's City Engineer, designed Fountain Square Park, he served as Bowling Green's mayor in 1870-71 and edited newspapers in Bowling Green and Louisville. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, was elected Lieutenant Governor under Governor James B. McCreary. However, his bid to become Kentucky's governor in 1879 failed, Luke P. Blackburn of Louisville received the nomination. For the rest of his Life, Underwood was devoted to genealogy and the Lost Cause of the Confederacy through the United Confederate Veterans, he raised money to construct a Confederate Memorial at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois to commemorate the Confederate prisoners who died at Camp Douglas, whose remains were exhumed and moved there after closure of the previous cemetery and expansion of Grant Park during urban renewal following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Underwood agreed to raise money for a Confederate monument in Richmond, Virginia.
However, the project was embroiled in legal controversies which ruined him financially and physically. In 1910, oil portraits of many of the twenty Confederate generals he had commissioned from E. F. Andrews were auctioned by a Covington, Kentucky warehouse to pay storage fees, most ended up in Virginia. By that time, Underwood's wife had died and he lived in Manhattan, New York and described himself in the census as an author. John Cox Underwood died on October 1913 in Manhattan, New York City, his remains were returned to Kentucky for burial in the family plot at Fairview cemetery in Bowling Green. Western Kentucky University has several of his commissioned paintings and maintains some of his papers, including letters available online
William T. Barry
William Taylor Barry was an American statesman and jurist. He served as Postmaster General for most of the administration of President Andrew Jackson, was the only Cabinet member to not resign in 1831 as a result of the Petticoat affair. Born near Lunenburg, Virginia, he moved to Fayette County, Kentucky, in 1796 with his parents John Barry, an American Revolutionary War veteran, Susannah Barry, he attended the common schools, Pisgah Academy and Kentucky Academy in Woodford County, Transylvania University at Lexington and graduated from the College of William & Mary at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1803, after which studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1805. He commenced practice at Jessamine County, Kentucky and at Lexington, he was a member of Kentucky House of Representatives in 1807, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1810 to 1811, served in the War of 1812, was a U. S. Senator from Kentucky, 1815 to 1816. During his time in the Kentucky Senate he wrote to former President James Madison seeking support for a plan of subsidizing public education across the state.
S. Postmaster General in Andrew Jackson's administration from 1829 to 1835, he was the only member of Jackson's original Cabinet not to resign as a result of the Petticoat Affair, which involved the social ostracism of Margaret O'Neill Eaton, the wife of Secretary of War John H. Eaton by a coalition of Cabinet members wives led by Second Lady Floride Calhoun. Barry, like Jackson, had sided with the Eatons, he was appointed ambassador to Spain, but died before he could take office en route to his post, while stopped in Liverpool, England August 30, 1835. He was interred and a cenotaph still stands at St. James's Cemetery, England. Barry County, Barry County, Missouri and Barryville, New York are named in his honor. During the 1820s, Barry was a member of the prestigious society, Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences, who counted among their members former presidents Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams and many prominent men of the day, including well-known representatives of the military, government service and other professions.
Barry was an uncle to Kentucky governor Luke P. Blackburn. United States Congress. "William T. Barry". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. William T. Barry at Find A Grave Allen, William B.. A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Jurists, Statesmen, Mechanics, Farmers and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Bradley & Gilbert. Pp. 254–256. This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov