J. W. (John White) Stevenson Letter
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives.Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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[Identification of item], J. W. (John White) Stevenson Letter, 1858, 92SC70,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
John White Stevenson was born in Richmond, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia and later read law. He moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, then moved soon after to Covington, Kentucky. Stevenson entered politics in Kentucky and began his career in the state legislature, later serving as a delegate to the 1849 state constitutional convention. From 1857 to 1861 Stevenson was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives.
Following the Civil War, Stevenson won election as lieutenant governor in 1867. Five days after beginning his term, Stevenson became governor on the death of John Larue Helm. He won a special election in 1868 for the remainder of the term. Stevenson supported the early restoration of rights to ex-Confederates and continued to argue the states rights philosophy he had long held.
Stevenson resigned the governorship in 1871 to take a seat in the U. S. Senate. He held the seat until 1877. Stevenson resumed his legal practice in Covington and taught in the Cincinnati Law School. He was elected president of the American Bar Association in 1884.
Arrangement: Correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Creator's Occupation: Kentucky governor, U. S. senator, U. S. congressman, attorney
County: Kenton; Anderson
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