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Winchester in Clark County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gov. James Clark Judicial Center

 
 
Gov. James Clark Judicial Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frank Profitt, January 4, 2021
1. Gov. James Clark Judicial Center Marker
Inscription.  On this site, John Ward, a trustee for the new town of Winchester, operated a tavern in the early 1800s. The property later became the Sachett Academy for girls. In 1845 the First Christian Church erected a brick church which burned during the winter of 1907-08. The lot was purchased by the Federal Government and the present structure completed in 1912. It served as a United States Post Office until 1988. After extensive renovation by the county, including construction of an addition on the east side, the building was returned to service in 1991.

The building is named in honor of Gov. James Clark in recognition of his distinguished service as a jurist. As a circuit judge, Clark declared Kentucky’s replevin law unconstitutional on May 15, 1822, ensuring fiscal responsibility in Kentucky and requiring that legal debts be paid.

In addition to service as circuit judge, Clark, who opened a law office in Winchester in 1798, served two terms in the Kentucky House, two years as a judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, five terms in Congress, and in 1832 was elected to the Kentucky Senate, and chosen its speaker in 1835.

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Gov. James Clark Judicial Center Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 20, 2013
2. Gov. James Clark Judicial Center Marker
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Kentucky’s 12th governor in 1836, Clark died Aug 27, 1839 in office in Frankfort. He is buried near his beloved Holly Rood, the home he constructed in 1814.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1792.
 
Location. 37° 59.583′ N, 84° 10.65′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Kentucky, in Clark County. Marker is on Cleveland Avenue west of South Main Street (U.S. 60), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester KY 40391, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. County Named 1793 (here, next to this marker); "Morgan's Men" Here (here, next to this marker); Clark County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Clark County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Downtown Commercial District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Pastime Theater Disaster (about 500 feet away); Hanson Home Site (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 4, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky.   2. submitted on August 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Would appreciate photo of back side of the marker and a full view of the building itself. • Can you help?

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Apr. 15, 2021