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HAWES, Richard, lawyer, born in Caroline county, Virginia, 6 February, 1797; died in Bourbon county, Kentucky, 25 May, 1877. He emigrated to Kentucky in 1810. After being educated at Transylvania university he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began his practice in Winchester, Kentucky He was a member of the legislature in 1828, 1829, and 1886, and in the latter year he was elected to congress as a Whig, serving until 1841. He subsequently became an ardent Democrat, advocated the southern cause during the civil war, and left Kentucky with Breckinridge and others in 1861. On the death of George W. Johnson, at Shiloh, he was elected to succeed him in the nominal office of "provisional" or Confederate governor of Kentucky. When Bragg entered the state, Hawes went with him to Frankfort, and was installed governor, 4 October, 1862, but was compelled to retire immediately, in consequence of the advance of a division of Buell's army. After the close of the war he returned to Paris, Ky., and in 1866 was appointed county judge, which office he held until his death.
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