William Owsley

William Owsley

Born Mar 24, 1782

William Owsley was an associate justice on the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the 16th Governor of Kentucky. He also served in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly and was Kentucky Secretary of State under Governor James Turner Morehead. Owsley studied law under John Boyle. After briefly serving in the state legislature, he was appointed by Governor Charles Scott to serve alongside Boyle on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.… Read More

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1782 Birth William Owsley was born March 24, 1782 in Virginia. … Read More
1783 1 Year Old In 1783, his family relocated to Lincoln County, Kentucky, settling between the settlements of Crab Orchard and Stanford. … Read More


1802 - 1803 2 More Events
1809 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1809, Owsley opened a legal practice in Garrard County.
1810 28 Years Old Governor Charles Scott appointed him to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 1810, where he served alongside his teacher, John Boyle. … Read More
1811 29 Years Old He was elected to the state House again in 1811.


1813 31 Years Old When a vacancy on the Court of Appeals occurred in 1813, Governor Isaac Shelby re-appointed Owsley to the court. … Read More
1820 38 Years Old A second important decision in which Owsley was a participant was the case of Blair, etc. v. Williams, which invalidated the Kentucky Replevin Act of 1820. … Read More


1826 44 Years Old Having seen the court through the Old Court-New Court controversy, Chief Justice Boyle resigned in 1826.
1828 46 Years Old In December 1828, Mills and Owsley also resigned. … Read More
1831 49 Years Old Owsley returned to the state House in 1831, and served in the state senate from 1832 to 1834.


1833 51 Years Old He also served as a presidential elector for Henry Clay in 1833.
1834 52 Years Old When James Turner Morehead ascended to the governorship upon the death of John Breathitt, he appointed Owsley Secretary of State for his shortened term from 1834 to 1836.


1843 61 Years Old In 1843, Owsley retired from the practice of law and purchased a farm in Boyle County.
1844 62 Years Old In 1844, Owsley was elected governor on the Whig ticket, defeating Democrat William O. Butler by a vote of 59,792 to 55,089. … Read More
1846 64 Years Old 1 More Event
By the time Owsley made the formal call for volunteers on May 22, 1846, an entire regiment of Kentucky troops had already been organized. … Read More
1850 68 Years Old In the Kentucky Constitution of 1850, the governor was stripped of his power to remove the Secretary of State from office.
1858 76 Years Old Following his term as governor, Owsley retired to his farm in Danville, Kentucky, where he lived until the death of his wife in 1858.
1862 80 Years Old 1 More Event
After this, he lived with his children until he died December 9, 1862. … Read More
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