Thomas Scudder Page (April 19, 1800 – April 17, 1877) was Kentucky's first elected auditor of public accounts, and the first elected official to be tried for corruption in that state. He was born in New York City and came to Kentucky in 1817. He became a clerk with the Land Office and in 1839 was appointed state auditor by Governor James Clark.
Kentucky, officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, (because in Kentucky's first constitution, the name state was used) Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth. Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States.
James Clark was a 19th-century American politician who served in all three branches of Kentucky's government and in the U.S. House of Representatives. His political career began in the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1807. In 1810, he was appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, where he served for two years before resigning to pursue a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served two terms in that body, resigning in 1816.
Under Kentucky's third constitution, auditor became an elected position. Page was elected to the position in 1851 as a Whig and in 1855 with the Know Nothing party. He required some official collectors of funds to deposit their collections with him, rather than the state treasurer directly, and in 1859 was sued by the state for embezzling $88,927 (embezzlement was not a criminal offense at the time).
The Whig Party was a political party active in the middle of the 19th century in the United States. Four presidents belonged to the party while in office. It emerged in the 1830s as the leading opponent of Jacksonian democracy, pulling together former members of the National Republican and the Anti-Masonic Party. It had some links to the upscale traditions of the long-defunct Federalist Party. Along with the rival Democratic Party, it was central to the Second Party System from the early 1840s to the mid-1860s. It originally formed in opposition to the policies of President Andrew Jackson and his Democratic Party. It became a formal party within his second term, and slowly receded influence after 1854. In particular terms, the Whigs supported the supremacy of Congress over the presidency and favored a program of modernization, banking and economic protectionism to stimulate manufacturing. It appealed to entrepreneurs, planters, reformers and the emerging urban middle class, but had little appeal to farmers or unskilled workers. It included many active Protestants and voiced a moralistic opposition to the Jacksonian Indian removal. Party founders chose the "Whig" name to echo the American Whigs of the 18th century who fought for independence. The political philosophy of the American Whig Party was not related to the British Whig party. Historian Frank Towers has specified a deep ideological divide:
The Native American Party, renamed the American Party in 1855 and commonly known as the Know Nothing movement, was an American nativist political party that operated nationally in the mid-1850s. It was primarily anti-Catholic, xenophobic, and hostile to immigration, starting originally as a secret society. The movement briefly emerged as a major political party in the form of the American Party. Adherents to the movement were to reply "I know nothing" when asked about its specifics by outsiders, thus providing the group with its common name.
Page declared bankruptcy in 1863 and in 1867 was ordered by the legislature to repay the state $88,000, plus interest and court costs. He lived the remaining 10 years of his life in destitution in Frankfort, and was buried in Frankfort Cemetery.
The Frankfort Cemetery is located on East Main Street in Frankfort, Kentucky. The cemetery is the supposed burial site of Daniel Boone and contains the graves of other famous Americans including seventeen Kentucky governors and a Vice President of the United States.
Frankfort is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the seat of Franklin County. It is a home rule-class city in Kentucky; the population was 25,527 at the 2010 census. Located along the Kentucky River, Frankfort is the principal city of the Frankfort, Kentucky Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Franklin and Anderson counties.
John Brown was an American lawyer and statesman who participated in the development and formation of the State of Kentucky after the American Revolutionary War.
George Madison was the sixth Governor of Kentucky. He was the first governor of Kentucky to die in office, serving only a few weeks in 1816. Little is known of Madison's early life. He was a member of the influential Madison family of Virginia, and was a second cousin to President James Madison. He served with distinction in three wars – the Revolutionary War, Northwest Indian War, and War of 1812. He was twice wounded in the Northwest Indian War, and in the War of 1812 he was taken prisoner following the Battle of Frenchtown in Michigan.
The Kentucky House of Representatives is the lower house of the Kentucky General Assembly. It is composed of 100 Representatives elected from single-member districts throughout the Commonwealth. Not more than two counties can be joined to form a House district, except when necessary to preserve the principle of equal representation. Representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits. The Kentucky House of Representatives convenes at the State Capitol in Frankfort.
Thomas Hanson Paynter was a United States Senator and Representative from Kentucky.
James William "Honest Dick" Tate was the Kentucky State Treasurer. He was nicknamed "Honest Dick" because of his good reputation and rapport with his colleagues. The nickname turned ironic, however, when Tate absconded with nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the state's treasury in 1888. He was never found.
The Republican Party of Kentucky is the affiliate of the Republican Party in Kentucky and follows its nationally established platform. Headquarters for the party have been established in Frankfort, Kentucky. The Republican Party of Kentucky gained relevancy in the political realm of Kentucky around the 1940s. Since this emergence, the party did poorly in state office elections until 2015, but saw consistent success on the national scale and in the Kentucky General Assembly. The party is organized into two main committees who hold the most authority in decision making within the party. In the 2015 Kentucky elections, the party captured the offices of Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer and Auditor, thus gaining the majority of the state executive offices for the first time in modern history. In 2016, the Republicans gained control of the state house for the first time since 1920.
Eugenia Crittenden Blackburn "Crit" Luallen served as the 56th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky from November 13, 2014, to December 8, 2015. Luallen previously served as Kentucky State Auditor.
The following table indicates the party of elected officials in the U.S. state of Kentucky:
Bart Rowland is an American politician and a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 21 since the February 7, 2012 special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative James Comer.
Robert J. Benvenuti III is an American politician and a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 88 since January 8, 2013.
David W. Osborne is an American politician and a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 59 since the May 24, 2005 special election to fill the vacancy of Representative Timothy Feeley. Since January 8, 2019, Osborne has served as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives. He previously served as Acting Speaker of the House and Speaker Pro Tempore.
Addia Kathryn Wuchner is an American politician and a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 66 since January 2005.
Jim DeCesare is an American politician and a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 21 since January 2005.
Rick W. Rand is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 47 since January 2003. Rand served non-consecutively in the Kentucky General Assembly from January 1991 until January 1995 in the Kentucky Senate District 26 seat.
Mike Harmon is an American politician and the Auditor of Public Accounts in Kentucky. Harmon was previously a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 54. Harmon was a 2011 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. In 2015, Harmon announced that he would run for state Auditor against Democratic incumbent Adam Edelen. Harmon was the only statewide candidate on the Republican side to run unopposed.
Kevin D. Bratcher is an American politician and a Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 29 since January 1997. He was the first Republican House Majority Whip in Kentucky history. Currently, Bratcher is the Chairman of the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.
Steven R. Riggs is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives representing District 31 since January 1991.
Dennis L. Parrett is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Kentucky Senate representing District 10 since January 4, 2011. He considered running for Agriculture Commissioner of Kentucky in the 2015 elections but ultimately did not run. Senator Parrett was elected by the Senate Democratic Caucus as Minority Caucus Whip on August 23, 2017. Parrett earned a BS in agricultural economics from University of Kentucky.
Jared K. Carpenter is a Republican member of the Kentucky Senate representing District 34 since January 4, 2011. He was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. He is the Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Transportation, and Banking & Insurance Committees. Away from Frankfort he is a business man and farmer residing in Berea with his family.
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