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General James Taylor Keturah Leitch Taylor Newport's Albert Berry
from Zachariah Frederick Smith's History of Kentucky

General Taylor evidently made Newport his summer home, details here.

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Newport's John Robson was the superintendent of the first steamboat down the Ohio River. More here.

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Fort Thomas     Bigstaff

This is Major Samuel Bigstaff.  What did he do, you ask?  Well, he came to Newport as a prisoner, having been wounded in the Civil War (he rode with Morgan), married a local girl, became a lawyer, worked for the company that built the Cincinnati Street Railway System, developed the Cote Brilliante section of Newport, created the streetcar lines to Fort Thomas, personally convinced General Sheridan to move Newport Barracks to the Fort Thomas site, laid out the Bonnie Leslie section of Bellevue, built the old Shortway Bridge, built the Inverness Country Club . . .  Read the Jim Reis bio of him at this siteThis is the man responsible for Fort Thomas, if not most of Campbell County, being what they are today. There's a longer bio of him here and here (both pdf's)

 

Campbell County, Kentucky   Campbell County, Kentucky   Campbell County, Kentucky   Capt. Newport
Campbell County's named for Col. John Campbell, an Ireland native and officer in the Revolutionary War. He used to own - literally - half of Louisville. Story's here.   This is Col. James Taylor, the son of General James Taylor, and also a notable figure in the early days of Newport. His obit is here.   Fort Thomas is named after General George Thomas. Lot's more about him here (Wikipedia).   Captain Christopher Newport, for whom Newport is named. His Wikipedia page is here.

The 1992 Northern Kentucky Bicentennial Commission published the biographies of
a number of prominent Northern Kentuckians, including these Campbell Countians:

General James Taylor, Jr. (pdf)      Samuel Bigstaff (pdf)

Charles Whalin's article, The Court Battle Won by General James Taylor's Slaves
A Biographical Sketch, His Heritage, His Will, The Court Battle of his Slaves
is here.

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The 1878 Biographical Encyclopedia of Kentucky had these entries for folks with a Campbell County connection (all are pdf's)

Albert S. Berry Ira Root O. W. Root Col. Jas. Taylor G. B. Hodge
         
G. W. Thornton R. T. Baker N. B. Stephens Gen. Jas. Taylor H. D. Helm
         
Rev. E. N. Dicken Edward Reiley Thomas S. Noble J. S. Ducker John Nelson

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This list of Campbell County deaths from WWII is from the National Archives. There's a key
to what the various abbreviations mean here. The list:
Ader through Jackson Johnston through Smith Stahl through Zint The World War I list is here.

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Two men from Campbell County were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in World War I:

Newport's Floyd Brooks and Fort Thomas' Tobe C. Cope.

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Newport's William Horsfall is also a recipient of the US Medal of Honor. His is a result of his actions in May of 1862 at the Battle of Corinth, where, as a fifteen-year-old drummer boy, he dragged his wounded Captain from between the lines of battling Union and Confederacy troops to safety. He's buried in Southgate's Evergreen Cemetery. The Wikipedia piece about him is here.

 

Newport's William Steinmetz is Newport's recipient of the US Medal of Honor because of his actions on May 22, 1863, as a member of Company G, 83rd Indiana Infantry, for “Gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party.” The Wikipedia piece about him is here.

 

Capt. Newport

Historically, the most famous man to come out of Campbell County may well be Nathanial Southgate Shaler.
Read his Wikipedia page here.
The texts of many of his publications are at the Project Gutenberg site.
An appreciation of him from 1909 is here.

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Newport, Kentucky, is named after a noted British Admiral, Christopher
Newport. You can read more about him here. (Wikipedia).

There is also, here (pdf), an account of the Sarah Constant, Admiral Newport's ship. There
was a painting of the ship presented to the city of Newport by the Gist Historical Society
on May 14, 1951, and this piece seems to have been written for the occasion. Except
the name of the ship isn't the Sarah Constant, but rather the Susan Constant. It's the same ship
that the state of Virginia put on it's quarter. You can read more about the ship, see
the quarter, and find a link to an article about the Susan/Sarah issue at the Wikipedia article, here.

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Campbell County, Kentucky

Campbell County Bankers Association, 1954
(key to names is here.)

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Campbell County, Kentucky

This is Leon Lippert, a noted artist and a contemporary of Duveneck, who lived in Newport, and did murals
for a number of Northern Kentucky (see Corpus Christi in Newport, and Sacred Heart in Bellevue) and
Cincinnati churches, among his other work. There's a nice web site devoted to his life and work, here.
Copyrighted image used through the cooperation of the Art Leaf Publishing Company.

 

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Earl Metcalfe (March 11, 1889 - January 26, 1928 )
was an early movie star from Newport and later
Fort Thomas. His IMDB page is here, and a local
story is here. The image used here is a studio piece
from June, 1920.
  In the Big Band Era, before there was Glenn Miller
and Benny Goodman, there was Newport's Andy
Kirk and His Clouds of Joy. More about him at
this site [Wikipedia]. Searching YouTube for Andy
Kirk Clouds of Joy will give you a bunch of video's.

 

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Brent Spence (Dec. 24, 1874 - Sept. 18, 1967),
US Congressman from N. Ky.'s 4th
District from 1931 - 1963
More about him can be found
here [Wikipedia].

  Capt. William Frances Corbin, shown
here, and Lieut. T. Jefferson McGraw
are put to death for recruiting Confederate
soldiers in Flagg Springs. Read more
about them here.

 

Jim Bunning

Southgate's Jim Bunning, 1964
Bunning pitched a perfect game on June 21, 1964, and was an eight-time all-star.
He's in baseball's Hall of Fame, and has a page on their site.
His impressive major league statistics are at this site.
In later life he became a Congressman and a US Senator and distinguished himself by . . . did we mention he threw a perfect game?
His Wikipedia page is here.

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Bailey

An issue of Bailey's paper. (pdf)

Newport's William Shreve Bailey ran an anti-slavery newspaper in Newport in the 1850's.
Opposition to his paper was fierce, according to his account, here (pdf);

So a mob trashed his business and threw his type into the river.

The leader of the mob that destroyed him justifies the mob's actions here;
The grand jury refuses to indict mob members . State Attorney says it's OK to take mob action against a “public nuisance.” Here.

and a contemporary account of Bailey's problems are here. (pdf)

Kentucky Historical Society has a nice essay on William Bailey at their site.

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Campbell County, Kentucky

from Trow's Legal Directory of Lawyers in the United States, 1875

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Additional Links that apply to all of Northern Kentucky Views, and may or may not
be related to Campbell County, are on the main Links & Miscellany page, here.

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