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Lincoln's Forgotten AllyJudge Advocate General Joseph Holt of Kentucky$
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Elizabeth D. Leonard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835005

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869383_leonard

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Laying the Foundation, 1807–1835

Laying the Foundation, 1807–1835

(p.5) 1 Laying the Foundation, 1807–1835
Lincoln's Forgotten Ally

Elizabeth D. Leonard

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and Joseph Holt—Kentucky. In the early years of the nineteenth century, Kentucky was a new, largely unsettled but rapidly developing state. Earnest white pioneers had first explored the region around 1750; George Washington may have visited as a surveyor in 1771. Then, the year the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, Virginia declared Kentucky one of its western counties and named Harrodsburg the county seat. Seven years later, Virginia legislators redefined what had been “Kentucky County” as a “district” now incorporating three counties—Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln—each named after a Revolutionary War hero. At that time, the district's political center was removed about ten miles south of Harrodsburg to Danville, where there was a meetinghouse large enough to accommodate the district court.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Joseph Holt, Kentucky, George Washington

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