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 James Guthrie

James Guthrie

Birth
Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 13 Mar 1869 (aged 76)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot SECTION B Lot 1
Memorial ID 6654125 · View Source
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Presidential Cabinet Member, U.S. Senator. He was engaged in the transporting merchandise to New Orleans, in 1812, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1817 and commenced to practice law in Bardstown, Kentucky. He was appointed Commonwealth Attorney in 1820, a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, (1827-31) and a member of the Kentucky State Senate, (1831-40). In addition, he was a railroad builder, president of the Louisville Nashville Railroad Company, president of the Louisville-Portland Canal Company and founder-president of the University of Louisville. In 1853, he was appointed the 21st Secretary of the Treasury by President Franklin Pierce, serving until 1857. During the Civil War, he resisted federal pressure to nationalize the Louisville Nashville Railroad, but allowed the Union to use it to move troops and supplies. After the war, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, serving (1865-68). He died shortly after leaving the Senate from a stroke at age 76.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Garver Graver
  • Added: 2 Aug 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6654125
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Guthrie (5 Dec 1792–13 Mar 1869), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6654125, citing Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .