Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

Historical Marker #1604 in Bardstown notes the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe, one of several Kentucky governors who served in the War of 1812.

Born near Springfield, Kentucky, in 1788, Wickliffe was a Bardstown attorney. There, he constructed Wickland, a house that became known as the "home of three governors" because his son became governor of Louisiana and a grandson, J. C. W. Beckham, became governor of Kentucky.

When the War of 1812 erupted, Wickliffe was serving in the Kentucky legislature. There, he supported the war with Great Britain. He also had active military service and was a staff aide to several generals.

In 1836, Wickliffe was Governor James Clark's running mate. Governor Clark died in office, and Wickliffe finished the remainder of Clark's term. Later, Wickliffe was U.S. postmaster general, was active in the 1849 constitutional convention, and, during the Civil War, was elected to the U.S. Congress as a Unionist. In 1862, he was severely injured in a carriage accident. He died in 1869 and was buried in Bardstown.

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Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

Governor Charles A. Wickliffe was one of several Kentucky governors who were War of 1812 veterans. Wickliffe lived in Wickland, his home in Bardstown. Courtesy the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Wickland, Home of Gov. Charles A. Wickliffe

Wickland, Home of Gov. Charles A. Wickliffe

This color postcard depicts Wickland, the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe, who was a veteran of the War of 1812. Wickland is located in Bardstown, Kentucky. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Entrance to Wickland, the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

Entrance to Wickland, the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

A 1934 image of the entrance and foyer of Wickland, the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe. Wickliffe was a veteran of the War of 1812. His home was in Bardstown. Courtesy the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Hall and Stair of Wickland, home of Gov. Charles A. Wickliffe

Hall and Stair of Wickland, home of Gov. Charles A. Wickliffe

Postcard showing the hall and stairway of Wickland, the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe. The home is in Bardstown and Wickliffe was a War of 1812 veteran. Courtesy the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Wickland, the Home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

Wickland, the Home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

Wickliffe, located in Bardstown, was the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe, who was a War of 1812 veteran. Courtesy the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

The rear of Wickland, the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

The rear of Wickland, the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe

A 1934 image showing the rear of Wickland, the home of Governor Charles A. Wickliffe. The home is located in Bardstown and Wickliffe was a veteran of the War of 1812. Courtesy the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

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Sanders, “Governor Charles A. Wickliffe,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed April 29, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/94.

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