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 Luke Pryor Blackburn

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Luke Pryor Blackburn

  • Birth 16 Jun 1816 Woodford County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 14 Sep 1887 Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 10042

Kentucky Governor. He graduated from Transylvania University's medical department in 1835, moved to Natchez, Mississippi, in 1846 and practiced medicine during the yellow fever epidemics, (1848-54). In the early months of the Civil War, he served as a civilian agent for the Confederates, collecting arms and setting up hospitals. For the Confederates, he concocted a diabolical plan to create havoc in Union population centers by introducing yellow fever, but since the disease was mosquito-borne, no illnesses resulted. Living in Canada at the time, he was tried for conspiracy to commit murder but acquitted by a Toronto court for violating Canadian neutrality. Returning to America, he opened a medical practice in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1872. He rehabilitated his public image by rendering aid in yellow fever outbreaks in certain Southern States, (1873, 77, 78). In 1879, he was elected as a Democrat the 28th Governor of Kentucky, serving until 1883. As Governor, he made accomplishments in the area of penal reform, implemented of the State's first parole system, made reforms in the areas of State finance and internal improvements. After leaving office, he resumed his medical practice until poor health curtailed his activities.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 20 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10042
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Luke Pryor Blackburn (16 Jun 1816–14 Sep 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10042, citing Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .