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Charles Slaughter Morehead papers
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
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[Identification of item], Charles Slaughter Morehead papers, 1838-1857, 1VF61M125, 1VF63M96, 1VF64M73, AAL5984LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
Kentucky Governor, U.S Congressman. Morehead, a native of Nelson County, Ky. received a law degree from Transylvania University. His political career included six years as state attorney general, lengthy service in the Kentucky House of Representatives, and two terms as House Speaker. Morehead represented Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Whig and was a presidential elector for Winfield Scott on the 1852 Whig ticket. With the demise of that political party, Morehead joined the American or "Know- Nothing" Party, which esposed nativist principles.
He was the Whigs' gubernatorial candidate in 1855, winning the election by a narrow margin in a race marred by the anti-foreign riot in Louisville known as "Bloody Monday." He declared the rights of slaveholders inviolate in any territory when he was governor and as a private citizen, strongly advocated neutrality for Kentucky as a private citizen at the beginning of the Civil War. Morehead was imprisoned after criticizing the cutoff of trade with the South. Paroled in 1862, Morehead fled the country rather than take an oath of allegiance. He returned to a plantation in Mississippi after the war, where he died in 1868.
These papers contain four letters written by Charles Slaughter Morehead while U.S. Congressman (1848-1851) and Governor of Kentucky (1855- 1859). One letter is from Morehead to Daniel Webster, promising support for the 1852 Whig presidential nomination (64M73). Two others also concern politics. One, written in 1838 to J. J. Crittenden, discusses Henry Clay's presidential prospects (62M9). The other, to Leslie Combs in 1848, analyzes Crittenden's resignation from the U.S. Senate (63M96). The fourth letter concerns accommodations at the Galt House hotel in Louisville (61M9).
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