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General Thomas S. Jessup,1840-1860

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General Thomas S. Jessup




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], General Thomas S. Jessup, 1840-1860, 90SC17,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


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Jessup, a native of Pennsylvania, emigrated to Kentucky circa 1800 and settled in Mason County. After a brief stint as a store clerk in Maysville, Jessup entered the army as a second lieutenant in 1808. Ten years later, he had risen to the rank of brigadier general and service as Quartermaster General. He continued with that rank and position until his death in 1860. His brother, Samuel Jessup, was a member of the Kentucky state Senate.

Scope and Content

This group centers around a letter by General Thomas S. Jessup to his brother, Colonel Samuel B. Jessup, dated August 19, 1840. The letter in question concerns a speech by Joseph Rogers Underwood on a Florida appropriation bill. Thomas Jessup, in Washington, D.C., was forwarding a copy of the speech to Samuel in Frankfort for publication in Frankfort and Lexington newspapers. A copy of the speech is no longer with this letter.

The collection also has a 1913 letter written to Elizabeth Tandy of Paducah, from an aunt (identified only as "Annie") in Fort Smith, Arkansas. This letter forwarded the 1840 letter to Tandy, who was a descendant of Samuel Jessup. Tandy's aunt provided some identifying family information in relation to the old letter and discussed social news. Some notes about the provenance of these items are also present.

County: Franklin; Fayette; McCracken

Creator's Occupation: U.S. Army General

Arrangement: Chronological


  • Jessup, Thomas S. -- Correspondence
  • Jessup, Samuel B. -- Correspondence
  • Generals -- United States -- Correspondence
  • Underwood, Joseph Rogers
  • Florida -- Appropriations and expenditures -- 19th century

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