John LaRue Helm 737
- Born: 4 Jul 1802, Hodgenville, , KY 45,460,754
- Marriage: Lucinda Barbour Hardin on 10 Aug 1830 in Bardstown, , KY 45
- Died: 8 Sep 1867 at age 65 754
- Buried: Helm Family Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Hardin, KY, USA 754
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ntbl 24th Governor of Kentucky </wiki/Governor_of_Kentucky>ntbl In office September 3, 1867 \endash September 8, 1867ntbl Lieutenant </wiki/Lieutenant_Governor_of_Kentucky>John W. Stevenson </wiki/John_W._Stevenson>ntbl Preceded byThomas E. Bramlette </wiki/Thomas_E._Bramlette>ntbl Succeeded byJohn W. Stevenson </wiki/John_W._Stevenson>ntbl 18th Governor of Kentucky </wiki/Governor_of_Kentucky>ntbl In office July 31, 1850 \endash September 2, 1851ntbl Preceded byJohn J. Crittenden </wiki/John_J._Crittenden>ntbl Succeeded byLazarus W. Powell </wiki/Lazarus_W._Powell>ntblntbl BornJuly 4, 1802(1802-07-04) Hardin County, Kentucky </wiki/Hardin_County,_Kentucky>ntbl DiedSeptember 8, 1867 (aged 65) Elizabethtown, Kentucky </wiki/Elizabethtown,_Kentucky>ntbl Political partyDemocrat </wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)> Whig </wiki/Whig_Party_(United_States)>ntbl SpouseLucinda Barbour Hardinntbl RelationsSon-in-law of Benjamin Hardin </wiki/Benjamin_Hardin> Father of Benjamin Hardin Helm </wiki/Benjamin_Hardin_Helm>ntbl ResidenceHelm Place </w/index.php?title=Helm_Place&action=edit&redlink=1>ntbl ProfessionLawyer </wiki/Lawyer>ntbl Signature </wiki/File:John_L_Helm_sig.jpg> </wiki/File:John_L_Helm_sig.jpg>John LaRue Helm (July 4, 1802 \endash Sept. 8, 1867) was the eighteenth and twenty-fourth governor of Kentucky </wiki/Governor_of_Kentucky>, although his service in that office totaled less than fourteen months. He also represented Hardin County </wiki/Hardin_County,_Kentucky> in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly </wiki/Kentucky_General_Assembly> and was chosen Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives </wiki/Speaker_of_the_Kentucky_House_of_Representatives> four times. In 1838 his sole bid for national office ended in defeat when his opponent, Willis Green </wiki/Willis_Green>, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives </wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives>.
Helm was first elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives </wiki/Kentucky_House_of_Representatives> in 1826; between 1826 and 1843 he served eleven one-year terms in the state house. In 1844 he was elected to the state senate </wiki/Kentucky_Senate>, where he served continuously until he was chosen as the Whig Party </wiki/Whig_Party_(United_States)> nominee for lieutenant governor </wiki/Lieutenant_Governor_of_Kentucky> on a ticket with John J. Crittenden </wiki/John_J._Crittenden>. The Whigs won the general election and Helm was elevated to governor on July 31, 1850, when Crittenden resigned to accept an appointment as United States Attorney General </wiki/United_States_Attorney_General> in President </wiki/President_of_the_United_States> Millard Fillmore </wiki/Millard_Fillmore>'s cabinet. After his service as governor Helm became president of the struggling Louisville and Nashville Railroad </wiki/Louisville_and_Nashville_Railroad>. He invested thousands of dollars of his own money in the project and convinced residents along the line's main route to buy stock in the company. In 1859 the line was completed, but the next year Helm resigned over of differences with the board of directors regarding a proposed branch that would extend the line to Memphis, Tennessee </wiki/Memphis,_Tennessee>.
Although he openly opposed secession </wiki/Secession_in_the_United_States> during the American Civil War </wiki/American_Civil_War>, federal military forces labeled Helm a Confederate </wiki/Confederate_States_of_America> sympathizer. In September, 1862, he was arrested for this alleged sympathy, but Governor James F. Robinson </wiki/James_F._Robinson> recognized him as he was being transported to a prison in Louisville </wiki/Louisville,_Kentucky> and had him released. After the war Helm identified with the Democratic Party </wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)>, and in 1865 Hardin County voters returned him to the state senate. In 1867 he was the state's Democratic candidate for governor. Despite failing his health, Helm made a vigorous canvass of the state and won the general election. He was too weak to travel to Frankfort </wiki/Frankfort,_Kentucky> for his inauguration, so state officials administered the oath of office at his home on September 3, 1867. He died five days later.
Noted events in his life were:
• Residence, 1779, Beargrass Creek near the Falls of Ohio. 755 "In recognition of his service during the revolutionary war, Thomas Helm was granted a parcel of 1000 acres on Beargrass Creek near the Falls of the Ohio. He moved his family to this location in the fall of 1779, but after several children and Negroes died of spotted fever, he decided to move his family to the south. The Helm family migrated to Severns Valley in the spring of 1780. Andrew Hynes and Samuel Haycraft, along with several other families, were in his company. Helm, Hynes and Haycraft built stockade forts on the hilltops overlooking Severns Valley and marking the future location of Elizabethtown.
• Residence, 1780, Severns Valley. 755
• Occupation: Deputy County Clerk, 1822, Elizabethtown, , KY. 754
• Occupation: Attorney, 1823, Elizabethtown, , KY. 754
• Occupation: County Attorney, Meade County, KY, 1824, Kentucky. 754
• Occupation: Kentucky House of Representatives, 1826. 460,754 Served 11 one-year terms. One of the youngest reps ever elected Speaker of the House.
• Occupation, 1850 &1867. 737 "...twice governor of Kentucky and served in several other offices of trust and profit." The second term was during reconstruction in 1867, when he won the election by a majority of 43,019 votes over his combined radical and conservative opponents. Governor Helm took the oath of office on September 3, while lying ill at his home in Elizabethtown, and he expired five days later before assuming his official duties."
• Occupation: Elected to the Senate, 1844, KY. 754
• Occupation: Lieutenant-governor of Kentucky, 1848. 737 "John L. Helm was elected Lieutenant-governor in 1848 on the Whig ticket with John J. Crittenden, and he served out that notable Kentuckian's term when he resigned in 1850 to enter the Fillmore cabinet."
• Politics: Critic of Lincoln. 754
• Residence, 6 Aug 1860, Elizabethtown, Hardin, KY. 18 Living here are John L. Helm as head, wife Lucinda B., daughter Lucinda, and other children Annah, Emily, Mary, John, Jas., and Thomas. Also living here is Polly Huffman, age 59, no occupation listed.
John married Lucinda Barbour Hardin, daughter of Benjamin Hardin Jr. and Elizabeth Pendleton Barbour, on 10 Aug 1830 in Bardstown, , KY.45 (Lucinda Barbour Hardin was born on 2 Feb 1809 in Bardstown, , KY,753,754 died on 25 Dec 1885 in Elizabethtown, , KY 45,754 and was buried in Helm Family Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Hardin, KY, USA 754.)
Hardin, KY history website said they were married "at Edgewood in Bardstown."