Louisville in Jefferson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
George Denison Prentice
George Denison Prentice (1802-1870) was a controversial figure in Louisville history. Born in Connecticut, educated at Brown, University Prentice taught school, and studied both law and medicine before embarking on a career in journalism. Henry Clay invited Prentice to Kentucky to promote Clay's bid for the U. S. Presidency. In 1830 Prentice launched the Louisville Journal as a partisan Whig paper, and attacked his political enemies with a sharp pen published in a widely distributed booklet called "Prenticeana.''
An avowed "Know-Nothing," Prentice's anti-Catholic/anti-immigrant rhetoric is said to have contributed to the "Bloody Monday" riots on Election Day, August 6, 1855. That event (See: historical marker at the Cathedral of the Assumption) overshadowed Prentice's personal appeal to calm the rioters. Journalists and editors agree that Prentice's stylistic contributions to their craft have endured, despite his tarnished legacy.
Location. 38° 14.653′ N, 85° 45.473′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of York Street and Library Place, on the left when traveling east on York Street. Touch for map. Located in front of the Louisville Free Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 York Street, Louisville KY 40203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Murray Atkins Walls Civil Rights Pioneer (a few steps from this marker); First Unitarian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Sit-In Demonstration Site (approx. half a mile away); Rotary Club of Louisville / Henry Watterson Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Cathedral of the Assumption (approx. half a mile away); Mother Catherine Spaulding (approx. half a mile away); Louisville Law Enforcement Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Louisville Firefighters Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
Also see . . . George D. Prentice on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 25, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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