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History Monday: Adair County and the Whig Party, 1843

By Mike Watson

Now, I suppose we all have had enough politics to last for at least a week, maybe two. Perhaps a respite from the advertisements on television and the unsolicited phone calls. However, we historians like to look back at our ancestors and learn, when possible, what their political leaning was a century or more ago. Old newspapers are a wealth of information, often giving the mundane facts of life.

The Whig Party was on the rise in the early 1840s. Adair County had a strong party following as the following item from Kentucky Tribune, Danville, KY, of 3 November 1843, will bear out.

"Whig Meeting in Adair County--At a meeting of the Whigs of Adair County, held at the Courthouse on Monday, the 23rd of October, 1843, it being a day on which a called County Court was held, Col. William McNeely was called to the chair, and Isaac H. Caldwell appointed Secretary.

"After Parker C. Hardin, Esq. Had briefly explained the object of the meeting, the following resolutions were adopted:

"Resolved, That we fully concur in the propriety of holding the proposed State Whig Convention at Louisville on the 2d Monday in November, next, for the purpose of nominating candidates for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and for the purpose of nominating an Electoral Ticket for the election of President and Vice President.

"Resolved, That we will give our warmest and most zealous support to the nominees of the Louisville Convention.

"Resolved, That Isaac H. Caldwell, Josiah Harris, Jno. O. Wheat, Alexr. Walker, B.A. Wheat, C. Miller, C.F. Epperson, Wm. B. Rogers, Jas. Patterson, John H. Taylor, James Butler, Wm. Ingram, Geo. R. Page, Hickman Pelly, Geo. C. Elliott, L. Montgomery, Wm. H. Jones, Wm. F. Grady, Wm. McNeely, Wm. Hancock, James Staton, Wm. Ferrel, Creed T. Hancock, John B. Yates, Preston B. Jeans, Samuel Harvey, Daniel Trabue, A.D. Tatum, Barnett T. Patterson, Jas. Wilmore, Josiah Hunter, Philip Winfrey, Orson Ames, Z. Wheat, Parker C. Hardin, Eli Wheat, Wm. G. Lobban, Thomas Jones, David Kinnaird, and Jesse Wilkerson be appointed Delegates to represent the Whigs of this county in the Louisville Convention..."
Do you find anyone you recognize in the list of local men appointed delegates to the State Convention?

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