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Gov. William  Owsley

Gov. William Owsley

Male 1782 - 1862  (80 years)

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  • Name William Owsley  [1, 2
    Title Gov. 
    Born 24 Mar 1782  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Political 1844 - 1848  Governor, State of Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Public Service
    Public Service
    Died 9 Dec 1862  Danville, Boyle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Bellevue Cemetery, Danville, Boyle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VII
      Paca, William
      page 161

      OWSLEY, William, governor of Kentucky, was born in Virginia in 1782; son of William and Catharine (Bolin) Owsley; grandson of Thomas and Mary (Middleton) Owsley, and a descendant of the Rev. John and Dorothea (Poyntz) Owsley. He removed to Lincoln in 1783 with his parents; taught school and served as deputy sheriff, his father being sheriff of Lincoln county; studied law under John Boyle, and established a successful practice in Lancaster, Garrard county. He served in both branches of the state legislature several terms, and was a judge of the state supreme court, 1812-28. He maintained the principle of anti-repudiation advocated by Henry Clay in 1824, and remained firm when the majority in the state legislature tried to abolish the supreme bench, which act was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. supreme court. In 1828 he resumed the practice of law, again represented Garrard county in the state legislature and served on the bench of the court of appeals. Retiring from the practise of law in 1843, he lived on a farm near Danville, Ky., and in 1844 was elected by the Whig party governor of Kentucky, defeating Col. William O. Butler, Democrat, and re-elected in 1846, serving, 1844-48. Owsley county, Ky. was named in his honor. Centre college conferred upon him the honorary degree of LL.D. in 1843. He died in Danville, Ky., Dec. 9, 1862. [p.161]
    Person ID I1615  Dickinson
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2009 

    Father William Owsley,   b. 29 Dec 1749, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1819, Lincoln, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Catherine Bolin,   b. 1750,   d. 31 Jan 1833, Liberty County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F0506  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Gill,   b. 01 Aug 1788,   d. 17 Apr 1858, Danville, Boyle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1804  Lincoln County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Amanda M Owsley,   b. 1805, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Amelia Gill Owsley,   b. 06 Nov 1806, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1847, Gerrard County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    +3. Almira Owsley,   b. 1808, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     4. Erasmus Boyle Owsley,   b. 05 Feb 1811, Lancaster, Gerrard, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Marie Elizabeth Owsley,   b. 1813, Lancaster, Gerrard, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2009 
    Family ID F1220  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Owsley, William
    Governor of Kentucky (1844-1848)

    Headstones
    Owsley, William
    Owsley, William

  • Sources 
    1. [S009480] Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, (Chicago and Philadelphia: John M. Gresham Co., 1896), p. 478.

    2. [S009749] Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Rossiter Johnson, ed., (Boston, Massachusetts: The Biographical Society, 1904), Vol. VII, p. 161.