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John Griffin Carlisle

Biography

Born in Campbell County, Kentucky. Married Mary Jane Goodson in 1857. They had two children. Studied law and admitted to the bar in 1858. Practiced law in Covington, Kentucky. Elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives serving 1859 to 1861.

Elected to the Kentucky Senate serving 1867 to 1871. Served as Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky 1871 to 1875. Elected to the United States House of Representatives and served March 4, 1877, to May 26, 1890. Elected to the Senate and served May 26, 1890, to February 4, 1893.

Appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Cleveland and served March 7, 1893, to March 5, 1897. He suspended the issue of gold certificates. During the presidential campaign of 1896 he supported the "Gold Democrats." He resumed the practice of law in 1897. Moved to New York City where he died in 1910.

Carlisle appears on a mint medal (USM 203) as one of the series for Secretaries of the Treasury. Dies were by Charles Barber.

bio: ApCAB; BDC; BDEB; DAB; EAB; Failor; NCAB 1; TCBDA; WAB; WWWA-1

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies

 

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