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POWELL, Lazarus Whitehead, senator, born in Henderson county, Kentucky, 6 October, 1812" died there, 3 July, 1867. He was graduated at St. Joseph's college, Bardstown, Kentucky, in 1833, attended law lectures at Transylvania university, and was admitted to the bar in 1835. He then practised his profession, and at the same time engaged in planting. Mr. Powell served one term in the legislature in. 1836, was a presidential elector in 1844. on the Polk and Dallas ticket, and was governor of Kentucky in 1851-'5. He was appointed by President Polk one of the peace commissioners to Utah in 1857, and issued the proclamation that offered pardon to all Mormons that would submit to the United States government. He was elected to the United States senate as a Democrat in 1858, served till 1865, and was a presidential elector in 1864. Mr. Powell was a clear and forcible debater and an excellent working member of the senate.
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