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March 4, 1811, on Henry Clay’s first day as a member of the U.S. Congress, he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. Clay would spend a majority of his career in the House even though he had several terms as Senator. Virginian George M. Bibb takes Henry Clay’s Senate seat.
March 4, 1817, James Monroe becomes the 5th U.S. President. John Jordan Crittenden, from Versailles, Virginia (now Kentucky) became a U.S. Senator for the first time as Kentucky’s 8th Class II Senator.
March 4, 1843, LaRue County was created from Hardin County and was named in honor of John Larue, one of the county’s original settlers and the grandfather of Governor John L. Helm. The county seat is Hodgenville. Other localities include: Upton, (partly in Hardin County) Buffalo, Magnolia, Athertonville, Lyons, Mount Sherman, and Tonieville. LaRue County was the 96th county created and covers 263 square miles.
Sunday, March 4, 1849, Henry Clay takes the U.S. Senator oath for the third and last time. President Zachary Taylor refused to be inaugurated on a Sunday for religious reasons. Without a vice president to fill the void, Kentucky native, President pro tem, Senator David Rice Atchison was U.S. President for a day, as David likes to claim. Although Atchison was not formally sworn in during his extremely brief tenure as president, he did sign some official papers during the day.
March 4, 1857, Lexingtonian John C. Breckinridge became the 14th Vice President of the U.S. He was and still is the youngest person to take the oath for this office. He served a full term under James Buchanan who was sworn in as the 15th U.S. President.
March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was sworn in for his 1st term as President. John C. Breckinridge also began as Kentucky’s 19th Class III Senator; they would expel him by the end of the year. John Jordan Crittenden became a Representative from Kentucky’s 8th district, the last time he held public office. Bath County native Henry Smith Lane became a U.S. Senator for Indiana.
March 4, 1865, President Lincoln gave his 2nd inaugural address to a cold, wet crowd on the Capitol grounds. Victory was within days and slavery was near an end. Lincoln did not speak of happiness but of sadness. As he stood on the East Portico to take the executive oath, the newly completed Capitol dome over the President’s head was a physical reminder of his Administration’s resolve throughout the years of Civil War. Chief Justice Chase administered the oath of office.
Later that Saturday evening, Mrs. Lincoln’s assistant recalled the occasion when the President came in a while attending Mrs. Lincoln. “It was the first time I had seen him since inauguration, and I went up to him, proffering my hand with words of congratulation. He grasped my outstretched hand warmly and held it while he spoke: “Thank you. We do not know what we are destined to pass through. But God will be with us all. I put my trust in God.” He dropped my hand, and with a solemn face, walked across the room and took his seat on the sofa. I finished dressing Mrs. Lincoln, and she took the President’s arms and they went below.
It was one of the largest receptions ever held in Washington. Thousands crowded the White House’s halls and rooms, eager to shake Mr. Lincoln by his hand and receive a gracious smile from his wife. The jam was terrible, and the enthusiasm great.
March 4, 1873, Owensboro native Thomas C. McCreery became Kentucky’s 22nd Class III Senator. Floydsburg native Richard James Oglesby became a U.S. Senator for Illinois. Floydsburg is in Oldham County.
March 4, 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes becomes the 19th President. Also sworn in is the European James B. Beck, as Kentucky’s 19th Class II U.S. Senator. Fleming County native Alvin Saunders is sworn in as Nebraska’s U.S. Senator.
March 4, 1885, Spring Station native Joseph Blackburn, from Woodford County, becomes Kentucky’s 24th Class III Senator. Mr. Blackburn would later become a Class II Senator. Grover Cleveland was sworn in for the first time to be the 22nd U.S. President.
Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Murray native Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard, born in 1908. Dr. Howard was a civil rights leader, fraternal organization leader, entrepreneur and surgeon. He helped founded Mississippi’s leading civil rights organization in the 1950s. He was also president of the National Medical Association, chairman of the National Negro Business League board, and a leading national advocate of African-American businesses.
March 4, 1911, Williamsburg native Caleb Powers became a member of the U.S. House representing Kentucky’s 11th district. He took his seat two years after Governor A. Willson pardoned him in 1908 for accessory to the murder of Governor Goebel. Powers had served eight years in jail. While in prison, Powers authored the 1905 book My Own Story.
March 4, 1913, Woodrow Wilson was sworn in as the 28th president. Marion native (Crittenden County) Ollie M. James became Kentucky’s 24th Class II U.S. Senator. Lowes native (Graves County) Alben Barkley took his first job representing Kentucky as U.S. Congressman from the 1st District.
March 4, 1916, Kentucky played its last basketball game in Woodland Park Auditorium. The Cats, coached by James Park, lost on their Senior Day game to Marietta 23-27. Kentucky played 22 games in Woodland, located on East High Street and Kentucky Avenue, over three years with a 15-7 record.
March 4, 1942, Sheriff Ralph Ward Haycraft, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when he was struck in the face by a rock. The incident occurred after a group of soldiers who were visiting Caneyville were harassed and threatened by a group of civilians.
March 4, 1950, Deputy Sheriff Jerry Stamper, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed as he and several other deputies attempted to disarm a man who was involved in a bar fight. Deputy Stamper was shot and killed and two other deputies were wounded in the shooting.
March 4, 2011, Police Officer James Philip “Stumpy” Sticklen, Alexandria Police Department, suffered a fatal heart attack due to injuries he sustained earlier in the week after being kicked in the leg while restraining a juvenile.
March 4, 2011, at 10:09:43 UTC, Kentucky Space launched their KySat-1 Satellite. It was meant to operate for eighteen to twenty-four months but failed in the launch in March 2011 after the Taurus rocket carrying it was unable to achieve orbit.
March 4, 2012, Kentucky closed out the 2011-12 season with a 74-59 win at Florida capping a perfect 16-0 run through the SEC. It marked the third time a UK team went 16-0 in league play and the first time since the 2003 squad turned the trick.
March 4, 2020, the Kentucky Department of Public Health announced they had the resources to test for the coronavirus. They tested three people, two were negative and one was still waiting for results. As of March 4, eleven U.S. citizens had died from the virus. The federal government continues to tell the pubic not to wear masks.
March 4, 2021, in his daily briefing, Governor A. Beshear tells Kentucky, the mask mandates won’t end soon, while governors in Mississippi and Texas repealed their mask mandates. Meanwhile, Roberta Mason received Kentucky’s 100,000th covid-19 vaccine at Kroger Field.