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Versailles in Woodford County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn

 
 
Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 28, 2021
1. Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  Born in Woodford Co., Oct. 1, 1838, he graduated from Centre College & studied law in Lex.; admitted to the bar in 1858. He served as a lt. col. in the Confederate Army & settled in Arkansas in 1865, where he was a lawyer and planter. After returning to Ky. in 1868, he served in the Ky. Legislature (1871-75) & the U.S. Congress (1875-85).

Blackburn served as U.S. Senator (1885-97, 1901 -07) before Pres. T. Roosevelt appointed him as first governor of the Panama Canal Zone in 1907. He resigned in 1909 and returned to Woodford Co. He died on Sept. 12, 1918 and is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. The younger brother of Ky. Gov. Luke Blackburn. he lived here from 1881-99.
Presented by Tom & Elizabeth Fielder (descendant)

 
Erected 2015 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2465.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 1, 1838.
 
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38° 3.1′ N, 84° 43.94′ W. Marker is in Versailles, Kentucky, in Woodford County. Marker is on Rose Hill Avenue (U.S. 62) west of Park Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Rose Hill Avenue, Versailles KY 40383, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Big Spring Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Watkins Tavern (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodford County Courthouses (about 600 feet away); Site of Rose Hill Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodford County, 1789 / County Named (approx. 0.2 miles away); Woodford County's Civil War Generals (approx. 0.2 miles away); Randall Lee Gibson / Jerome Bonaparte Robertson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Freemasonry in Versailles (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Versailles.
 
Also see . . .  Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn (Wikipedia). (Submitted on April 3, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
 
Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 28, 2021
2. Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn Marker (Side B)
Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 28, 2021
3. Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn Marker
Marker is just out of camera range on the right.
Sen. Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn image. Click for full size.
Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
4. Sen. Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 3, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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