James Garrard

James Garrard

Born Jan 14, 1749
Hometown Stafford County
Died Jan 19, 1822
Death Place Bourbon County
Political Party Democratic-Republ...
Religion Baptist

James Garrard was a farmer and Baptist minister who served as the second governor of Kentucky from 1796 to 1804. Due to term limits imposed by the state constitution adopted in 1799, he was the last Kentucky governor elected to two consecutive terms until the restriction was eased by a 1992 amendment, allowing Paul E. Patton's re-election in 1999.… Read More

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1749 Birth James Garrard was born in Stafford County, Virginia, on January 14, 1749. … Read More
1755 6 Years Old Garrard's mother died sometime between 1755 and 1760; afterward, his father married Elizabeth Moss, and the couple had four more children. … Read More


1769 20 Years Old On December 20, 1769, Garrard married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Mountjoy. … Read More


1779 - 1781 2 More Events
1783 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Beginning in early 1783, Garrard made claims for family and friends, as well as for himself.
1784 - 1785 2 More Events
1786 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Although some historians have identified Garrard as a member of the Danville Political Club, a secret debating society that was active in Danville, Kentucky, from 1786 to 1790, his name is not found in the Club's official membership records. … Read More
1787 38 Years Old In 1787, he helped organize the Cooper's Run Baptist Church near his estate. … Read More


1789 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Soon after its formation, the church joined the Elkhorn Baptist Association, and in 1789, it issued Garrard a license to preach. … Read More
1790 41 Years Old Although he never succeeded in uniting the two factions, he was chosen moderator of the Elkhorn Baptist Association's annual meetings in 1790, 1791, and 1795 in recognition of his efforts. From 1785 to 1799, Garrard served as a trustee of Transylvania Seminary (now Transylvania University). In 1794, the Baptist and more liberal trustees united against the orthodox Presbyterian members of the board to elect the seminary's first non-Presbyterian president. … Read More
1792 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Before the final convention in 1792, a committee composed of Garrard, Ambrose Dudley, and Augustine Eastin reported to the Elkhorn Baptist Association in favor of forbidding slavery in the constitution then being drafted for the new state. … Read More
1793 44 Years Old He was pleased, however, when his son William was chosen to represent the county in the state legislature in 1793.
1795 46 Years Old In 1795, William Garrard was reelected, and the other four state legislators from Bourbon County were close associates of Garrard's, including John Edwards, who had recently been defeated for reelection to the U.S. Senate. … Read More
1796 47 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In a letter dated May 17, 1796, Kentucky Secretary of State James Brown certified Garrard's election, and Governor Shelby sent him a letter of congratulations on his election on May 27. … Read More
1797 48 Years Old Left undone, however, was extending the laws dealing with surveying and registering land claims with the registrar of the state land office. Cognizant that the old law would expire November 30, 1797, Garrard issued a proclamation on November 3 calling the legislature into special session. … Read More
On February 10, 1798, Garrard's son William, still serving in the state senate, introduced a bill to hold another vote on calling a constitutional convention. … Read More


…  Because of term limits imposed by the state constitution adopted in 1799, he was the last Kentucky governor elected to two consecutive terms until the restriction was eased by a 1992 amendment, allowing Paul E. Patton's re-election in 1999. … Read More
1801 - 1802 3 More Events
1803 54 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He instructed Garrard to have 4,000 militiamen ready to march to New Orleans by December 20, 1803. … Read More
1804 55 Years Old 1 More Event
When the Senate rejected Willis Green in January 1804, Garrard declared that he would make no more nominations for the position. … Read More


1811 62 Years Old The Mount Lebanon estate was badly damaged by one of the New Madrid earthquakes in 1811, but Garrard insisted on repairing the damage as thoroughly as possible in order to reside there for the rest of his life. … Read More
1822 73 Years Old 1 More Event
He died on January 19, 1822, following several years of feeble health. … Read More
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