James Speed

James Speed

Birth
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 25 Jun 1887 (aged 75)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 6984109 · View Source
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Presidential Cabinet Member. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College, studied law at Transylvania University, was admitted to the bar and proceeded to practice law at Louisville, Kentucky in 1833. Active in the Whig party, Speed opposed slavery, was a member of the Kentucky State Senate (1847-48, 61-63), and served as commander of the Louisville Home Guard. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him as a Republican the 27th U.S. Attorney General, serving until he resigned 1866. After leaving office, he resumed the practice of law and advocated for allowing male African Americans to vote. In recognition of his service to the Union during the Civil War, he was elected a 3rd class companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. He died in retirement on his family’s estate.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6984109
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Speed (11 Mar 1812–25 Jun 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6984109, citing Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .