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Judge Zachariah Wheat
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Birth: Jul. 26, 1806
Bourbon County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 26, 1877
Shelbyville
Shelby County
Kentucky, USA

ZACHARIAH WHEAT was born July 26, 1806, in Bourbon county, a son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Kennedy) Wheat, Virginians who emigrated to Kentucky at an early date. He learned the saddler's trade, and in 1828 he began the study of law with Cyrus Walker, of Columbia, Kentucky, was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice in Adair and adjoining counties. He was appointed commonwealth's attorney by Governor Thomas Metcalfe and held the office through several administrations. He resigned the office and was again appointed by Governor Robert P. Letcher and held it when appointed circuit judge by Governor John J. Crittenden in 1848. He served as circuit judge until the adoption of the constitution in 1849, when he was elected by the people to the same office without opposition. He declined a re-election on the expiration of his term. June 15, 1857, he was elected judge of the court of appeals from the third appellate district to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge B. Mills Crenshaw, by a vote of 9,477 to 9,440 for Joshua F. Bullitt; but on offering for re-election August 2, 1858, he was defeated owing to his having joined the American party. He resumed the practice at Columbia, where he remained until 1861, when he moved to Shelbyville, where he engaged actively in practice. He was a man of fine physique, over six feet high, very erect and of admirable bearing. Without pretense to oratory, he was a speaker of more than ordinary ability.

Source: Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky, by H. Levin, editor, 1897. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago. Reprinted by Southern Historical Press. p. 84. Shelby County.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Zachariah Wheat (1764 - 1842)
  Elizabeth Ann Kennedy Wheat (1774 - 1852)
 
 Spouse:
  Ann M. Logan Wheat (1823 - 1885)
 
 Siblings:
  Milton Paradise Wheat (1793 - 1862)*
  Jahab Wheat (1801 - 1855)*
  Zachariah Wheat (1806 - 1877)
  Willis Wheat (1807 - 1863)*
  Washington Wheat (1809 - 1878)*
  Franklin Wheat (1815 - 1870)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."
 
Burial:
Logan Family Burial Grounds
Shelbyville
Shelby County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Tad D. Campbell
Record added: Jul 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55506723
Judge Zachariah Wheat
Added by: Tad D. Campbell
 
Judge Zachariah Wheat
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