Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Governor Charles Slaughter Morehead of Kentucky, 1855-1859

Charles Slaughter Morehead from the
Kentucky Dept of Libraries and Archives

Charles Slaughter Morehead, 1802-1868
At least we think it's him.
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Who was Charles Slaughter Morehead? He was many things including Attorney General of Kentucky 1830-1835.  A United States Representative from Kentucky, 1847-1851 and the Governor of Kentucky, 1855-1859.  He was also a Delegate to the Peace Convention in Washington D.C. in 1861.  He was accused of treason because his sympathies lay with the South during the Civil War.  He was even arrested and confined in Fort Lafayette, New York, by Federal authorities for disloyalty, 1861-1862.  He was released after several of his prominent friends asked for his release however, he was not allowed to go back to Kentucky or any southern states and he went into exile in Canada, Europe and Mexico.  After the war, he moved to Greenville Mississippi.  He is buried in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky.

The picture we have comes from a very old Album that held a number of CDV's and a few tintypes.  We are fortunate that some of the pictures have names written on them and most of them are Morehead's with a few Gunn's in there as well.  The Morehead and Gunn Family had several connections in their day.  My husband, a Moran,  is related to the Morehead family through his great great grandmother, Caroline Morehead Gunn.  She is the daughter of Turner Morehead and Mary Polly Ann Hewitt Hooe.  Caroline Morehead married Lyman Taft Gunn and the Moreheads have another connection to the Gunn's via the marriage of Sallie Boyd to Lyman T. Gunn's son, Lyman Cephas Gunn.  To see a very messed up family chart take a look here.  Anyway, according to the Consanguinity Chart my husband and Charles Morehead are 1st cousins, thrice removed..

Backside of the image above of Charles Slaughter Morehead.

We think that this picture looks very much like Charles S. Morehead in his later years. Unfortunately, it is one of the unmarked pictures in the photo album.  The photographer's mark is Bogardus, 363 Broadway Cor. Franklin St., N.Y.  Abraham Bogardus was a well known daguerrotypist producing about 200,000 in his career and we know that Morehead was held prisoner in New York in 1861-1862 so it is very possible that after he was released from prison he sat for Bogardus before leaving the country in exile.

We can't say for certain that this is Charles S. Morehead but when you look at the provenance of the picture the odds of it being him greatly increase.

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