Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Honors Maurice Hudson Thatcher
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 6, 2015) – The
Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker April 17
in Butler County to honor former civic leader Maurice Hudson Thatcher.
The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. CDT at 100 N. Main St. in Morgantown on
the courthouse lawn.
Thatcher, a Chicago native, moved to Butler County as a
young boy in the mid-1870s. He held several jobs as a young man, and was clerk
of the Butler County Circuit Court for three years. In his mid-20s, he studied
law in Frankfort. Thatcher lived to be 103. Over the course of his long life, he
practiced law, served as assistant attorney general of Kentucky and as
assistant United States attorney for the western district of Kentucky; was the
first governor of the Panama Canal Zone; and represented Kentucky in the U.S.
House of Representatives for 10 years. In that role, he guided passage of
legislation that created Mammoth Cave National Park, Lincoln’s Birthplace
National Historic Site and Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.
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.