Humphrey MARSHALL, Congress, KY (1760-1841)

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MARSHALL, Humphrey, (father of Thomas Alexander Marshall and cousin of John Marshall, and grandfather of Humphrey Marshall [1812-1872]), a Senator from Kentucky; born in Orlean, Fauquier County, Va., in 1760; pursued classical studies; became a surveyor; served with the Virginia forces in the Revolutionary War; moved to Kentucky in 1782; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fayette County; delegate to the Danville convention in 1787 to consider the separation of Kentucky from Virginia, which he opposed; delegate to the Virginia convention which ratified the Constitution of the United States; member, Kentucky house of representatives 1793-1794; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1795, to March 3, 1801; member, State legislature 1807-1809; engaged in literary pursuits and was the author of the first history of Kentucky, published in 1812; engaged in agricultural pursuits; died near Lexington, Ky., July 3, 1841; interment on his farm, Glen Willis, Leestown, Ky.


Dictionary of American Biography; Meredith, Howard. “The Historical Thought of Humphrey Marshall: A Note on Frontier Historicism.” Filson Club History Quarterly 47 (October 1973): 349-54; Quisenberry, Anderson C. The Life and Times of Honorable Humphrey Marshall. Winchester, Ky.: Sun Publishing Co., 1892.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present