Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Life of Richard James Oglesby
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2015) – The
Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker Sept.
12 in Oldham County to commemorate the life of Richard James Oglesby, a Kentucky
native and Illinois governor.
The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. EDT at the Brownsboro Community
Center, 7701 Highway 329, Crestwood.
Oglesby was born in Floydsburg, Oldham County, in 1824.
Three years after his father died in the 1833 cholera epidemic, the 12-year-old
Oglesby moved to Illinois with an uncle. An 1848 graduate of the Louisville Law
School and lawyer by trade, Oglesby was a military leader and politician. He served
as an officer in both the Mexican War and in the Civil War, was in the Illinois
State Senate for one term and was elected governor of Illinois three times, in
1864, 1872 and 1884. Sworn in for his second term in 1873 he served only 10
days before resigning to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate.
A close friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln, Oglesby is
credited with introducing Lincoln’s “rail-splitter’ image into the 1860
presidential campaign. He was married twice and had eight children.
More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s
history. More information about the marker application process, a database of
markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of
markers by theme, is at history.ky.gov/markers.
KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of
the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is
committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS
is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information
about KHS and its programs, visit history.ky.gov.