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Kentucky Trivia

November 9, 1804, 23-year-old Richard Mentor Johnson of Georgetown became a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.  However, he did not meet the Kentucky Constitution’s minimum age requirement of 24.  His popularity led legislators to ignore the discrepancy.  It allowed him to take his seat.  In 1806, voters sent him to the U.S. House of Representatives – the 1st Kentucky native elected to Congress.  Once again, he didn’t meet the minimum age requirement of 25, but by the time Congress opened, he had reached the proper age.  While in D.C., he left his wife, Julia Chinn, in charge of family matters.  

November 9, 1827, Robert Patterson, who laid out the town of Lexington and who served in the 1st state government passed awayThe Kentucky Encyclopedia edited by John E. Kleber; pg: 713

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Martin Van Buren Bates, known as the Giant of Letcher County, born in Whitesburg in 1845.  Normal size at birth; he grew to be 7’11” and 525 pounds.  Although of peace-loving nature, he was a courageous officer in the Confederate Army, earning Captain’s rank.  After the war, Martin did not return to Kentucky because of violent feuding between the Union and Confederate supporters.  Reflecting, he said, “I’ve seen enough bloodshed; I didn’t want it anymore.”  Instead, Captain Bates toured the U.S., Canada, England, and Europe, meeting Presidents Garfield, McKinley, and Queen Victoria on multiple occasions.

November 9, 1850, the Louisville Daily Journal reported, “Col. Richard Mentor Johnson is laboring under an attack of dementia, which renders him totally unfit for business.  It is painful to see him on the floor attempting to discharge the duties of a member.  He is incapable of properly exercising his physical or mental powers.”  The paper referred to his role as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives.  He died ten days after the article appeared.

Kentucky Marshals abducted Calvin Fairbank on November 9, 1851, with Indiana Governor Joseph A. Wright’s permission and took him back to Kentucky for trial.  He received 15 years.  While imprisoned at Kentucky State Penitentiary in Frankfort, he got singled out for exceptionally harsh treatment, frequently flogged and overworked.

Kentucky Trivia:  Kentucky convicted Calvin Fairbank, an American abolitionist and Methodist minister, twice of aiding escaped enslaved people and served a total of 19 years.  Fairbank is believed to have aided 47 enslaved people to freedom.

November 9, 1866, Bourbon County native Kenner Garrard retired from the military.  A Brigadier General in the Union Army during the Civil War, he came from one of Ohio’s most prominent military families.  He performed well at Gettysburg and then led a Calvary division for General Sherman in the Atlanta campaign.  

November 9, 1894, Police Officer James Edward Phelps, Paducah Police Department, suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting at the scene of a fire.  Officer Phelps had rushed into the burning building to help search it for anyone trapped inside.  He collapsed after exiting the building and died. 

November 9, 1911, President William Howard Taft dedicated the 1st Lincoln Memorial, before a crowd of 3,000 people in LaRue County.

November 9, 1918, Kentucky defeated Georgetown 21-3 in the last football game of an abbreviated season due to WWI.

November 9, 1926, Deputy Sheriff Joseph Carter, Elliott County Sheriff’s Department, died arresting a man for arson in the man’s home.  The man’s father shot Deputy Carter inside the house and fled.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Louisville native Mary Allin Travers, born in 1936.  Mary sang in the folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary and released five solo albums.

November 9, 1938, Keeneland made their 1st charitable contribution.  Two years after the 1st race, Keeneland had made a small profit, and therefore the Lexington Community Chest, a forerunner to the United Way, received $500.

November 9, 1953, Thompsonville native James Thomas Cotton Noe passed away.  Kentucky’s 1st poet laureate, an honorary title he held from 1926 until his death.  He published eight volumes of poetry before he passed in Beverly Hills, CA.  Noe was laid to rest in the Lexington Cemetery.

November 9, 1966, Air Force CAPT Charles F. Swope from Newport died fighting in the Vietnam War.

November 9, 1966, Trooper Mack Edward Brady, Kentucky State Police, died in an automobile accident while responding to a call for assistance.  He swerved to avoid a head-on collision after someone pulled into his path during an emergency run.

November 9, 1967, Marine Corps PFC Kenneth W. Harris from Grays Knob in Harlan County and Army PFC Quinn W. Tichenor from Jefferson County both died fighting in the Vietnam War.

Localtonians wish a Happy Birthday to Harlan County native Nick Lachey, born in 1973.

November 9, 1977, the U.S. National Register of Historic Places accepted the John Andrew Miller House in Georgetown.  In 1775, John Andrew Miller settled in Kentucky, and by 1785 he completed a sturdy home on 1,000 acres.

November 9, 1981, Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. called Paul Patton at 6:00 p.m. and asked if he would be Chairman of the Democratic Party.  Patton later told the press he thought he was kidding.  The front runner bowed out at the last minute.   

November 9, 1981, Kentucky bought a 120-year-old mansion in Daffenville, located outside Paducah, called the Smith Mansion.  The state wanted to use it as a tourist information center.  Locals had other ideas.  They worked diligently to stop the state’s plans.

By John Foxe

November 9, 1999, Governor Paul E. Patton defeated Peppy Martin to win a 2nd term, continuing to be our 59th governor.  This was the 1st election since the General Assembly changed the term limits law in 1992, allowing Patton to run again.

November 9, 2002, #16 LSU Tigers, with no time left on the clock, threw a 74-yard game-winning touchdown pass to beat Kentucky in Lexington.  Some refer to it as the “Bluegrass Miracle.”

November 9, 2012, Hardinsburg native Bobbie Jordan passed away.  Bobbie appeared in guest roles on The Odd Couple, Charlie’s Angels, Diff’rent Strokes, One Day at a Time, Quincy M.E., Nero Wolfe, Highway to Heaven, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, Love, American Style, and Ironside.  A talent scout discovered her singing while she waitressed in a CA restaurant.

On November 9, 2018, Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said he would push the state legislature to pay for charter schools, despite considerable opposition from the state’s public school teachers and their allies.

November 9, 2019, WKU defeated Arkansas 45-19.

On November 9, 2019, the Lexington-Herald Leader interviewed Dr. Philip Overall in the emergency room at St. Claire Hospital in Morehead.  The article highlighted the doctor’s success in cutting opioid-prescription rates by half.  The effort began at St. Claire Hospital, which stopped using opioids as its 1st response to pain.  UK, the state health cabinet, and the Kentucky Hospital Association endorsed the project.  

On November 9, 2019, the Louisville Slugger Museum conducted its 16th annual auction, which included some extraordinary baseball pieces.  The once-in-a-lifetime 2019 auction had Mickey Mantle’s 1960 New York Yankees jersey, Babe Ruth’s professional baseball bat used from 1928-1929, Ty Cobb’s bat from 1925-28, Shoeless Joe Jackson’s autographed bail bond from 1915, a Pete Rose jersey, and much more.  The memorabilia came from the Green Diamond Gallery Collection, which Mr. Bob Crotty amassed over 50 years.

November 9, 2020, as President D. Trump felt pressure to work with President-elect J. Biden on the transition, Mitch told the Senate, President Trump had every right not to concede the election just yet until the election process finished playing out.  Meanwhile, we learn some stories on how some pathetic people called the police on their neighbors for having Halloween and Breeders’ Cup parties.  

November 9, 2021, Governor A. Beshear stated his next two-year budget would include big raises for Kentucky State Troopers and dispatchers, who need more team members.  He wanted new Troopers to have a $15,000 pay increase on day one.

November 9, 2022, oral arguments began in the court trial between Rep. Thomas Massie vs. Rep. Nancy Pelosi.  At issue: did the Speaker violate the Constitution when she reduced wages of congressmen who did not comply with her mask mandate?