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MOREHEAD, Charles Slaughter, governor of Kentucky, born in Nelson county, Kentucky, 7 July, 1802 ; died near Greenville, Washington County, Mississippi, 23 December, 1868. He was educated at Transylvania, studied law, which he practised in Frankfort, and was elected to the legislature in 1828. From 1830 till 1835 he was attorney-general of Kentucky, and he served again in the legislature in 1838-'45, officiating as speaker in the last three years. He was then elected to congress as a Whig, serving from 6 December, 1847, till 3 March, 1851. He was again a member of the legislature in 1853, was governor of Kentucky from 1855 till 1859, and was one of the most devoted friends and supporters of Henry Clay. He then removed to Louisville, where he practised law, and was a delegate to the peace convention in Washington in 1861, and also a member of the border state convention which met in Frankfort in that year. His endeavors to bring about the secession of Kentucky occasioned his arrest in 1861, but after imprisonment in Fort Lafayette his friends secured his release and he went to England, where he resided during the remainder of the civil war. He then returned to the United States and removed from Kentucky to a plantation near Greenville, Mississippi, where his health failed. In connection with Judge Mason Brown he published a " Digest of the Statute Laws of Kentucky, etc.. to 24 February, 1834," which was in use until the adoption of the new constitution (4 vols., Frankfort, 1834).
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