John W. Stevenson

U.S. Congressperson

1812 – 1886

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Who was John W. Stevenson?

John White Stevenson was the 25th governor of Kentucky and represented the state in both houses of the U.S. Congress. The son of future Speaker of the House and U.S. diplomat Andrew Stevenson, John Stevenson graduated from the University of Virginia in 1832 and studied law under his cousin, future Congressman Willoughby Newton. After briefly practicing law in Mississippi, he relocated to Covington, Kentucky, and was elected county attorney. After serving in the Kentucky legislature, he was chosen as a delegate to the state's third constitutional convention in 1849 and was one of three commissioners charged with revising its code of laws, a task finished in 1854. A Democrat, he was elected to two consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives where he supported several proposed compromises to avert the Civil War and blamed the Radical Republicans for their failure.

After losing his reelection bid in 1861, Stevenson, a known Confederate sympathizer, stayed out of public life during the war and was consequently able to avoid being imprisoned, as many other Confederate sympathizers were. In 1867, just five days after John L.

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Born
May 4, 1812
Richmond
Also known as
  • John Stevenson
Parents
Spouses
Religion
  • Anglicanism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Virginia
Lived in
  • Kentucky
  • Covington
Died
Aug 10, 1886
Covington
Resting place
Spring Grove Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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