MCCREARY, James Bennett

1838–1918

Biography

McCREARY, James Bennett, a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky; born in Richmond, Madison County, Ky., July 8, 1838; attended the common schools; graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1857 and from the law department of Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tenn., in 1859; admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Richmond, Ky.; entered the Confederate Army in 1862 and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel before the close of the Civil War; member, State house of representatives 1869-1875, serving as speaker 1871-1875; Governor of Kentucky 1875-1879; appointed by President Benjamin Harrison a delegate to the International Monetary Conference held in Brussels, Belgium, in 1892; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1896; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1902 and served from March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1909; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908; Governor of Kentucky 1912-1916; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1914; resumed the practice of law; died in Richmond, Ky., October 8, 1918; interment in Richmond Cemetery.

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External Research Collections

Eastern Kentucky University
Special Collections and Archives

Richmond, KY
Papers: Correspondence in W. Rodes Shackelford papers, 1786-1964.

Filson Club Historical Society

Louisville, KY
Papers: Ca. 25 miscellaneous items relating to personal, business, and congressional matters and photographs scattered among several collections, including Louisville Mayors' records, 1870-1909. Finding aid.

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1875-1879, 1911-1915. Ca. 45 cubic feet. Gubernatorial papers including appointments, apprehension of fugitives from justice papers, enrolled bills, executive journals, messages to general assembly, military correspondence, and petitions for pardons.

Kentucky Historical Society

Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1873, 1874, 1883. 3 letters. Political and personal. Also portrait.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives

Lexington, KY
Papers: 37 items (1874-1915) in various collections.

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections

Bowling Green, KY
Papers: Letter (1915); appointment certificate (1912); and photograph.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Burckel, Nicholas C. "From Beckham to McCreary: The Progressive Record of Kentucky Governors." Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 76 (October 1978): 285-306.

McCreary, James B. Progress in Arbitration. Washington: Peace and Arbitration League, 1909.

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