United States Congressman and Senator from Kentucky
(1791-1876) Born in Goochland Co., Va., he moved to Barren Co., Ky., in 1803. He graduated from Transylvania College, in Lexington, Ky., in 1811, studied law, served in the War of 1812, as a lieutenant in the 13th Kentucky Infantry, was admitted to the bar in 1813, and commenced practice in Glasgow, Ky. Served as a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1816-19, 1825-26, 1846 (Speaker of the House), and 1861-63; judge of the court of appeals, 1828-35; served as U.S. Congressman, 1835-43; was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1844; and served as U.S. Senator, 1847-53.
Signature With Place: 6 1/2 x 3, in ink, J.R. Underwood, Bowling Green, Ky. Kentucky is written above the signature in another hand. Cut irregular at the bottom. Very fine.