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Charles A. Wickliffe Papers,1830-1859

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Charles A. Wickliffe Papers




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

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For microfilmed copies see Clift no. 1054

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Charles A. Wickliffe Papers, 1830-1859, 98SC51,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


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Charles Anderson Wickliffe was born near Springfield, Kentucky, June 8, 1788. During the War of 1812, Wickliffe served as a private but was eventually promoted to aide-de-camp to Gen. Samuel Caldwell. He served as soldier and officer at the Battle of the Thames where an army of Kentuckians under congressman Richard M. Johnson defeated British and Indian forces and where the great Indian leader, Tecumseh, was killed. Wickliffe became commonwealth's attorney, state representative, and U.S. representative before becoming governor of Kentucky in 1839 after the death of Gov. James Clark. From 1841-45, Wickliffe was U.S. postmaster general. He also served in Kentucky's 1849 constitutional convention and was active in unsuccessful peace conferences prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. He was again elected to the U.S. House in 1861, but a carriage accident cut his term short the next year. Wickliffe died October 31, 1869 and was buried at Bardstown.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of three letters, dated 1830-1859, of Charles A. Wickliffe. The letter dated July 14, 1830, was written by Wickliffe to Capt. William Taylor, Ballardsville (Oldham County), Kentucky, and concerns political matters. A second letter, dated Feb. 5, 1835, written by Wickliffe to Corneles Commiges of Philadelphia discusses financial matters. The third letter written on Nov. 25, 1859 by Wickliffe to the editor of the Bardstown (Ky.) Gazette provides an eyewitness account of the Battle of the Thames and the killing of Tecumseh.

Arrangement: Chronological


  • Wickliffe, C. A. (Charles Anderson), 1788-1869 -- Correspondence
  • Taylor, William, fl. 1830 -- Correspondence
  • Commiges, Corneles -- Correspondence
  • Politicians -- Correspondence -- 19th century
  • Thames, Battle of, 1813 -- Personal narratives, American

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