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Munfordville in Hart County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

John Ireland

Governor of Texas

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
1. John Ireland Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  John Ireland, was born on January 1, 1827 to the marriage of Patrick Ireland and Rachel Newton, Irish immigrants, who lived in the Copelin Valley, 12 miles northwest of Munfordville.

Around 1841 Ireland moved to Munfordville to work as a stable boy for the Louisville & Nashville Stage Coach line, Thomas B. Munford agent. His intelligence and work ethic were soon noticed by the Munfords and other prominent families who provided him with books to further his education. At 18, still a minor under Kentucky law, Ireland wished to serve as constable. The Munfords prevailed upon Hart County Court to declare him “of age.” He was appointed constable for north Hart County in 1845. He was selected as deputy sheriff in 1849.

Ireland petitioned Green River F. & A. M. Lodge #88 for membership in 1848, and became Master of the Lodge in 1851.

Ireland “read law” for two years under local attorneys, Robert D. Murray and Judge Henry Wood, entering the practice of law in 1852. He joined the Munfordville Presbyterian Church on April 2. 1852, becoming its 99th member.

Ireland moved to Sequin, Texas in 1853, and became its mayor
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
2. John Ireland Marker (Side B)
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in five years. In 1866 he was elected county judge; in 1873 State Representative; in 1874 State Senator; in 1875 Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. In 1882 and 1884 he was elected governor of Texas. Ireland is the only Texan to have served as State Representative, State Senator, Justice of the Supreme Court and Governor.

John Ireland died in San Antonio on March 15, 1896, survived by his children, Matilda Ireland Carpenter, Mary Ireland Graves, and Patrick Carpenter Ireland — Matilda's son whom the Irelands adopted. Patrick was the great-grandson of Kentucky's first governor, Isaac Shelby and Susannah Hart Shelby, a relative of Nathaniel Gray Smith Hart, for whom Hart County was named.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to the Munfordville Tourism Commission, Green River F. & A.M. Lodge #88, the Munfordville Presbyterian Church, the Hart County Bar Association, and the Kentucky Bar Foundation for their sponsorship of this marker.
 
Erected by Munfordville Tourism Commission, Green River F. & A.M. Lodge #88, Munfordville Presbyterian Church, Hart County Bar Association, and Kentucky Bar Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1827.
 
Location. 37° 16.345′ N, 85° 53.395′ W. Marker is in Munfordville
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 29, 2021
3. John Ireland Marker
, Kentucky, in Hart County. Marker is at the intersection of Caldwell Street and East Union Street, on the right when traveling east on Caldwell Street. Marker is at the northwest corner of the Hart County Courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 119 East Union Street, Munfordville KY 42765, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Muir & Robert Munford (within shouting distance of this marker); Albery Allson Whitman (within shouting distance of this marker); William Clark and Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Carter-Dowling School / Teachers at "Colored" Elementary Schools of Hart County Circa 1950 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hart County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Hart County, 1819 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Boone's Grave (about 300 feet away); Hart County One-Room Schools (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Munfordville.
 
Also see . . .  John Ireland (politician). Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 1, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
John Ireland (1827-1896) image. Click for full size.
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4. John Ireland (1827-1896)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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