Elkton in Todd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Bristow, The Soldier Birthplace/Bristow, The Lawyer
Bristow, The Soldier Birthplace. Benjamin Helm Bristow, 1832-1896, Federal officer and staunch Unionist during secession. Active recruiter of 25th Volunteer Militia, of which he was Lt. Col., and 8th Ky. Cavalry, which he served as Col. At Fort Donelson and Shiloh battles, 1862. A leader in capture of Morgan and raiders, 1863. Elected state senate while still in field, 1863.
Bristow, The Lawyer. Practiced law here until 1858. (See over for military career.) From 1866-70, US attorney for district of Kentucky. First US Solicitor General, 1870-72. As Secretary of Treasury, 1874-76, exposed frauds in "Whiskey Ring" operating in mid-west. In 1876, lost Republican presidential nomination to Rutherford B. Hayes. Leading member Ky. Bar Assn. until 1878, when he moved to New York.
Erected 1970 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1355.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 36° 48.223′ N, 87° 9.348′ W. Marker is in Elkton, Kentucky, in Todd County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (Kentucky Route 181) and Garth Lane, on the right when traveling north on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 503 S Main St, Elkton KY 42220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Green River Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of U.S. Jurist (approx. ¼ mile away); County Named, 1819 (approx. 0.4 miles away); House of the Loving Heart (approx. 0.4 miles away); First RFD in Kentucky (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Trenton School (approx. 8.1 miles away); Jefferson Davis' Salute to Kentucky (approx. 8.4 miles away); Jefferson Davis Birthplace (approx. 8½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkton.
Also see . . . Benjamin Bristow. (Submitted on July 23, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 23, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 23, 2019, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.