Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Honors Maurice Hudson Thatcher

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 06, 2015  
Contact Information:  CONTACT: Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474

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 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