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

Crittenden House / An Eminent Statesman

Crittenden House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Knoch, June 14, 2015
1. Crittenden House Marker
Crittenden House
This building, before west portion was added, was home of John J. Crittenden, 1819 until death 1863. Built in 1800 by Doctor Joseph Scott on land once owned by Aaron Burr. In May, 1837, Daniel Webster and family visited here. In February 1848, President-elect Zachary Taylor, guest here on way to inauguration. Carriage step is from the first Kentucky state capitol. Over.

An Eminent Statesman
John J. Crittenden, 1787-1863, lived here, 1819-1863. Legislator, 15th Kentucky Governor. Attorney General under three Presidents. Five times United States 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." See over.
Erected 1968 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1154.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 11.95′ N, 84° 52.77′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street and Washington Street, on the left when traveling west on West Main
An Eminent Statesman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Knoch, June 14, 2015
2. An Eminent Statesman Marker
Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 West Main Street, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Macklin House (within shouting distance of this marker); Morehead House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Church of the Ascension (within shouting distance of this marker); Emily Thomas Tubman House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Justice Todd House (about 400 feet away); Corner In Celebrities (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Frankfort.
Also see . . .  John Crittenden - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on June 15, 2015, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. Notable BuildingsPolitics
Crittenden House image. Click for full size.
By Dave Knoch, June 14, 2015
3. 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 Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 229 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dave Knoch of Scott County, Kentucky.   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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