Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
James Guthrie (1792-1869)
This statesman and entrepreneur fostered Louisville's growth from small town in 1810 to nation's 10th largest city in 1850. Promoted building of Portland Canal and the first R.R. bridge over Ohio River. As president of the University of Louisville, he established its medical college & academic dept.
Guthrie served in the state legislature, 1827-40. In 1849 he presided over the third Kentucky Constitutional Convention. Pres. Franklin Pierce named him secretary of the U.S. Treasury, 1853-57. As president of L&N Railroad, 1860 to 1868, he was instrumental in keeping Ky. in Union during Civil War. He was U.S. senator, 1865-68.
Erected 1997 by Kentucky Historical Society. (Marker Number 1494.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 38° 14.699′ N, 85° 43.366′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 903 Poplar Ave, Louisville KY 40204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This monument to the memory of James Guthrie (within shouting distance of this marker); Sister Emily Cooper (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Croghans of Locust Grove / Major William Croghan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Governor Thomas E. Bramlette (approx. 0.2 miles away); Unknown Union Soldiers Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Oldest Existing Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); The 32nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); History of Eastern Cemetery / People of Eastern Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
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