Frenchburg in Menifee County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Erected 1964 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 787.)
Location. 37° 57.062′ N, 83° 37.549′ W. Marker is in Frenchburg, Kentucky, in Menifee County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 460) west of Kentucky Route 36, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, at the entrance to the Old Menifee County Courthouse building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 Main Street, Frenchburg KY 40322, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clear Creek Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 11½ miles away); Unwind with Us (approx. 11.6 miles away); Caney Furnace / Iron Made in Kentucky Bourbon Iron Works / Iron Made in Kentucky (approx. 13.1 miles away); An Early Boom Town (approx. 13.8 miles away); Morgan Raiders' Camp (approx. 13.8 miles away); Courthouse Burned (approx. 15.3 miles away); Bath County (approx. 15.3 miles away).
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1. Menifee County Kentucky History. Menifee became the Commonwealth's 113th county in 1869 when it was formed from the adjoining counties of Bath, Montgomery, Morgan, Powell, and Wolfe counties. Menifee was named after Richard H. Menefee, a well-regarded statesman and successful lawyer. Mr. Menefee was serving in the state legislature when he ran for Congress in 1837 and defeated Judge Richard French in a vigorous campaign. Mr. French was equally well known and admired; and his name was chosen for the county seat, Frenchburg. Mr. Menefee's untimely death in 1841 at the age of 31 ended a successful career. He was the youngest person in Kentucky and perhaps in the nation to have a county named for him. The misspelling of the county name occurred in the legislature when the county was chartered. (Submitted on August 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Richard Hickman Menefee. Due to his oratory skill, he was dubbed "the young Patrick Henry of the West." He was presumed the successor to Henry Clay as leader of the Whig Party until his death at age thirty-one. His best known speech in that body urged restraint in the Caroline affair with the British. His reputation, and that of fellow Kentuckian John J. Crittenden, were tarnished due to their involvement in a duel between Representatives William J. Graves and Jonathan Cilley in which the latter was mortally wounded. In 1841, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, but died five days later before he could take office. (Submitted on August 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Richard Hickman Menefee - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on August 8, 2018, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.