METCALFE, Thomas (1780-1855)

METCALFE, THOMAS, a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky; born in Fauquier County, Va., March 20, 1780; moved with his parents to Fayette County, Ky.; attended the common schools; learned the mason's trade; served as captain in the War of 1812; member, State house of representatives 1812-1816; elected to the Sixteenth and four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1819, until his resignation June 1, 1828; chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs (Seventeenth Congress), Committee on Militia (Twentieth Congress); Governor of Kentucky 1828-1832; member, State senate 1834-1838; president of the board of internal improvements in 1840; appointed and subsequently elected as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John J. Crittenden and served from June 23, 1848, to March 3, 1849; engaged in agricultural pursuits; died near Carlisle, Nicholas County, Ky., August 18, 1855; interment in the family burial ground at 'Forest Retreat,' in Nicholas County, Ky.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: References in several collections.

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1828-1832. 4 cubic feet. Gubernatorial papers including petitions, appointments, military correspondence, special studies and reports, messages to general assembly, correspondence, enrolled bills, executive minute book, and executive journal. Finding aid.

Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: Personal, business, and political correspondence and papers (1820s-1850s) in Metcalf family papers, 1706-1958. .6 cubic foot. Finding aid.

University of Kentucky Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
Lexington, KY
Papers: 10 items (1807-1843) in various collections.

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: Letter (1850); appointment certificate (1831); and 3 land grants (1828-1831).

  • Morton, Jennie C. "Governor Thomas P. Metcalfe.'' Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society (January 1904): 21-25.