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John Crepps Wickliffe Biography

from Biographical Sketches of Kentucky by Perrin – 1887

Nelson County, Kentucky

Honorable John Crepps Wickliffe, United States Attorney for the district of Kentucky, was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, about one mile from Bardstown, July 11, 1830, and is a son of Charles A. and Margaret (Crepps) Wickliffe. The latter was the only daughter of Christian Crepps, who was killed in the terrible boat fight with the Indians, on Salt River, in 1788. Of the Wickliffe family it is unnecessary to speak here, as they are so frequently mentioned in the body of this work. Judge Wickliffe, the subject of this sketch, was educated in the schools of Bardstown, and at Centre College. After completing his education he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1853, and has held many important public positions. In 1857 he was elected to the Legislature, and in 1859 was secretary of the Senate. He left Bardstown in 1861, with a company of the State Guard, and finally joined the Ninth Kentucky (Confederate) Infantry, as captain of Company B. He was promoted to major, and afterwards to lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, and was in the campaigns through Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina, laying down his sword in the final surrender. He fought gallantly at Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, and at other places, frequently in full command of the regiment. Twice elected, he served as judge of the Bardstown Circuit from 1871 to 1880. In 1885 he was appointed United States District Attorney for Kentucky by President Cleveland, which position he now fills. Judge Wickliffe inherits the talents and force of character of one of the most noted and intellectual families of Kentucky. He was married, in 1853, to Miss Eleanor Curd, of Lexington, Kentucky.

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