“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Russellville in Logan County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Governors’ Corner

Governors' Corner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. Governors' Corner Marker
Inscription. John J. Crittenden, 1787-1863, lived here, 1811-18. War of 1812, State Legislator, 15th Kentucky Governor. U.S. Atty. Gen. under three Presidents. Five times U.S. Senator. Noted for Crittenden Compromise, 1860, futile effort to avert Civil War and preserve the Union. His last words: "Let all the ends thou aimest at be thy country's, thy God's and truth's."
Erected 1964 by Kentucky Historical Society - Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 657.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 36° 50.451′ N, 86° 53.148′ W. Marker is in Russellville, Kentucky, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of 9th Street (U.S. 79) and South Main Street (U.S. 431), on the right when traveling east on 9th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Russellville KY 42276, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. O'Bannon House (a few steps from this marker).
Also see . . .  John J. Crittenden. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on September 23, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. GovernmentWar, US Civil
Governors' Corner Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. Governors' Corner Marker
The Crittenden House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. The Crittenden House
John J. Crittenden image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. John J. Crittenden
This 1857 portrait of John J. Crittenden by George Peter Alexander Healy hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“During the campaign of 1860, many southerners declared that Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency would give them no choice but to secede from the Union. One notable exception was Kentucky senator John Crittenden. This passionate advocate of national unity undertook the task of reaching an accommodation designed to derail the secession movement of 1861. Central to his plan was a proposal that would have permanently guaranteed the rights of slaveholders below the nation's 3630' parallel. By now, however, bitterness over the slavery question ran too deeply, and neither North nor South could accept this conciliating measure. Instead, Crittenden had to content himself with ensuring that his own Kentucky did not secede; it was largely through his exertions that this state remained loyal to the Union after most of the South had left. ” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 644 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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