John Griffin Carlisle

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John Griffin Carlisle (1834 - 1910) was a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky. He was born in Campbell (now Kenton) County, Kentucky, September 5, 1834 and died in New York City, July 31, 1910. He was a Bourbon Democrat—that is, a conservative who supported Grover Cleveland.

  • Attended the common schools
  • Taught school in Covington and elsewhere for five years
  • Studied law
  • Admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Covington, Ky.
  • Member, State house of representatives 1859-1861
  • Member, State senate 1866-1871
  • Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky 1871–1875; editor of the Louisville Daily Ledger in 1872
  • Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1877, to May 26, 1890, when he resigned, having been elected Senator
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives (Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses)
  • Chairman, Committee on Rules (Forty-eighth through Fiftieth Congresses); elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James B. Beck, and served from May 26, 1890, until February 4, 1893, when he resigned to accept a Cabinet position
  • Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Grover Cleveland 1893-1897
  • Moved to New York City and resumed the practice of law
  • Interment in Linden Grove Cemetery, Covington, Ky.