A LEGACY OF SERVICE
Daniel Breck served as a Trustee of First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Kentucky.
He was born in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts, February 12, 1788; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1812; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1814 and commenced practice in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky. In October of 1814, became judge of the Richmond County Court. He was a member of the State house of representatives from 1824 to 1827 and again in 1834. In April 7, 1843, Breck was appointed associate judge of the supreme court of Kentucky and served until 1849.
A member of the Whig Party, Daniel Breck was elected by Kentucky's Sixth District to the United States House of Representatives and served in the Thirty-first Congress for one term (March 4, 1849, to March 3, 1851).
He died in Richmond, Kentucky on February 4, 1871, and is interred in the Richmond Cemetery.
[Daniel Breck was also an uncle (by marriage to Jane Briggs Todd) of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln.]
John White served as a Trustee for First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Kentucky.
He was born near Cumberland Gap (now Middlesboro), Kentucky on February 14, 1802; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky. In 1832, he was elected to the State house of representatives. He was appointed judge of the nineteenth judicial district of Kentucky and served from February 8, 1845, until his death on September 22, 1845.
A member of the Whig Party, John White was elected by Kentucky's Sixth District to the United States House of Representatives and served in five consecutive terms of Congress [the Twenty-fourth through the Twenty-eighth Congresses (from March 4, 1835 to March 3, 1845)]. He served as Speaker of the House during the Twenty-seventh Congress (from May 31, 1841 to March 4, 1843).
He is interred in the State Cemetery, Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky.
JAMES BENNETT McCREARY
James Bennett McCreary was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Kentucky.
He was born in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, July 8, 1838; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, in 1857 and from the law department of Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1859. He was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Richmond, Kentucky. McCreary entered the Confederate Army in 1862 and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel before the close of the Civil War. He was elected to the State house of representatives; and served from 1869 to 1875, and was speaker of the house from 1871 to 1875.
He was elected to two non-consecutive terms as Governor of Kentucky—first from 1875 to 1879, and again from 1912 to 1916.
Between his gubernatorial terms, he was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives and served six consecutive terms [the Forty-ninth through the Fifty-fourth Congresses (from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1897)]. While serving as Representative, McCreary was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison (who was himself a Presbyterian) as a delegate to the International Monetary Conference held in Brussels, Belgium, in 1892.
McCreary was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1896. So, after concluding his sixth term as a U. S. Representative, he resumed the practice of law in Richmond, Kentucky, until he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1902. He served as a Senator from March 4, 1903, to March 3, 1909.
James Bennett McCreary died in Richmond, Kentucky on October 8, 1918 and is interred in the Richmond Cemetery.