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LETCHER, Robert Perkins, statesman, born in Goochland county, Virginia, 10 February, 1788; died in Frankfort, Kentucky, 24 January, 1861. He was educated in the common schools, removed to and began the practice of law in Lancaster county, Kentucky He was frequently a member of the legislature, at one time speaker of the house, and in 1822 was elected to congress as a Clay Democrat, serving one term. Mr. Letcher's seat was contested by Thomas P. Moore, but the house, after prolonged discussion, gave the seat to Mr. Letcher. He was a presidential elector in 1836 on the Harrison and Granger ticket, was governor of Kentucky in 1840-'4, and in 1849 was appointed minister to, Mexico, serving till 1852.
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