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Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers, 1785-1918

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Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


1M48M39 Organized into the following units: Correspondence; R. D. Martin diary; Checks and undated materials; Account book of Buckner; Office docket. The first part of the correspondence is arranged chronologically. Beginning with 1884, arrangement is also alphabetical under the year. 53M17 B. F. Buckner ledger of legal accounts 1857 (1859-1863) 1866. Arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers, 1785-1918, 1M48M39, AAL8829LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


48M39: 3 volumes, 48M39: 6616 pieces, 53M17: 1 volume.


Attorney and judge. Buckner was born in Illinois, though his parents were Kentuckians. He was educated at the Kentucky Military Institute and read law in the office of his father. He began the practice of law in Winchester, Ky. in 1857. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, Buckner held various judicial positions, among them judgeship of the Tenth Judicial District in Kentucky.

Scope and Content

These papers are comprised of personal and business correspondence, legal documents and other business records, reflecting Buckner's activity as an attorney and judge in Central Kentucky. Included in the papers are personal correspondence; several Civil War letters; business correspondence; legal documents; account books and ledgers; lawyers' office dockets; checks; and diary of R. D. Martin (1918). These materials are of interest for the details they provide of the life and legal practice of a 19th century attorney and judge in central Kentucky.


  • Buckner, Benjamin Forsythe, 1836-1901.
  • Allen, John Rowan, 1856-1937.
  • Beck, James B. (James Burnie), 1822-1890.
  • Beckner, William Morgan, 1841-
  • Blackburn, John C. S. (John Clay Stiles), 1838-1918.
  • Bradley, William O'Connell, 1847-1914.
  • Beckner, William Morgan, 1841-
  • Breckinridge, W. C. P. (William Campbell Preston) 1837-1904.
  • Brown, John Young, 1835-1904.
  • Buell, Don Carlos, 1818-1898.
  • Carlisle, John Griffin, 1835-1910.
  • Castleman, John Breckinridge, 1841-1918.
  • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.
  • Davie, George M. (George Montgomery), 1848-1900.
  • Davis, Garrett, 1801-1872.
  • Dembitz, Lewis N. (Lewis Naphtali), 1833-1907.
  • Flanigan, James.
  • Fox, Fontaine T. (Fontaine Talbott), b. 1836.
  • Fry, Speed Smith, 1817-
  • Hunt, Samuel F.
  • Knott, J. Proctor (James Proctor), 1830-1911.
  • Lamont, Daniel S. (Daniel Scott), 1851-1905.
  • Martin, R. D.
  • Martin, Samuel Davis, 1791-1882.
  • Patterson, James Kennedy, 1833-1922.
  • Young, Bennett Henderson, 1843-1919.
  • Court administration--Kentucky.
  • Judges--Kentucky.
  • Lawyers--Kentucky.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Winchester (Ky.)--History

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