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James Garrard

  • Birth 14 Jan 1749 Stafford County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 19 Jan 1822 Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Ruddles Mills, Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 18123008

Governor, Revolutionary War Officer. He was the second Governor of Kentucky, from 1796 to 1804. The Virginia native served with distinction as a Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He was called away from the army to an become an appointed representative for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1779 until 1883 when he emigrated to Kentucky. He quickly became an influential politician in the new territory and participated in three statehood conventions representing Bourbon County while running a farm, a mill, and business as a whiskey distiller. He was also ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1791. He was then a delegate to the Kentucky Constitutional Convention in 1792 after which Kentucky was admitted to the Union and accepted as a Commonwealth. The Jeffersonian Republican was elected to consecutive terms as Governor, endorsed the 1798 and 1799 Kentucky Resolutions, and formed twenty six counties. He was the first resident of the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort. He died at his residence at Mount Lebanon and was buried there. The state legislature erected a monument at his final resting place the following year. Garrard County, Kentucky was named after him. Four of his direct descendants became generals in the Union Army during the Civil War.

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  • Originally Created by: K Guy
  • Added: 1 Mar 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18123008
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Garrard (14 Jan 1749–19 Jan 1822), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18123008, citing Garrard Family Cemetery, Ruddles Mills, Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .