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Leonard Covington

Covington is named for Leonard Covington, whose father came from a noble family from the Neubreisach neighborhood of
Alsace (and who, in 1697 wrote his name not as the anglicized “Covington,” but as the German “Kurfingthan”).

 

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These two men are responsible for the Suspension Bridge.
That's John Roebling on the left, and Amos Shinkle on the right. Roebling had the vision of how to design and build it, but it was Covington's Amos Shinkle who had the vision to bet his personal fortune to make it happen.

 

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These  two major leaguers were born in Covington
left,  Howie Camnitz, bio at this site, MLB stats at this site.
right, Bill Sweeney, bio at this site, MLB stats at this site.
There's also Henry Gastright, bio at this site, MLB stats at this site.
And don't forget Leo Foster, whose record is at this site.
Donald Johnson, born in Covington, was a star in Negro League Baseball.  More on him at this site.

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Covington's William Goebel, and his statute in Frankfort.  A controversial political figure elected Governor of Kentucky;  assassinated January 30, 1900.  More on Goebel is at this site, and or you can buy a Goebel biography from Amazon, at left.


The story of Goebel's assassination, from an account written in 1905 is here.  (pdf)

James C. Klotter's William Goebel: The Politics of Wrath is online in its entirety at Google Books.

In 1895, Goebel was involved in a gun fight on Madison Avenue.  You can read about it here.

 

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Four Goebel Funeral Scenes

 

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The other Governor from Covington, John Stevenson.
You can read more about his life, at Wikipedia, or here. (pdf)

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How Did the First Covington Streets Get Their Names? 

For the first five men to serve as Governors of the State of Kentucky
 

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Isaac Shelby James Garrard Christopher Greenup Charles Scott George Madison

 

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Dicky Beal Drive is named after the former Holmes & UK basketball player.
See his UK career record at this site.

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The 1992 Northern Kentucky Bicentennial Commission published the biographies of
a number of prominent Northern Kentuckians, including these Kenton Countians: (pdf's)

Daniel Carter Beard John G. Carlisle Frank Duveneck Jacob Price Amos Shinkle

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 Read about Covington artist Johann Schmitt at this site. (You may need to hit a “translate” button
at the top of the page). He did paintings in many of the Covington churches, and throughout the midwest.

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Daniel Carter Beard (June 21, 1850 - June 11, 1941)
The man who “invented” the Boy Scouts grew up in Covington.
His autobiography, long out of print, is good reading about the area, if you can find it.
His Wikipedia page is here.

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Local Heroes, of Covington
A 1995 mural formerly on display at the Covington Library
and the key to who's in the pic.

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Born and buried in Maysville, noted Kentucky historian Richard Collins practiced law for a while in Covington.
More about him at this site. The state evidently tried to cheat him on his history book, here.
Last and absolutely not least, his book is on line at this site.

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Mr. T. C. Tichenor

Mr. J. A. Caywood

Mr. R. C. Hinsdale

Tichenor Middle School's
site is here.

Caywood Elementary's
site is here.

Hinsdale Elementary's
site is here.

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One of Kenton's more famous citizens is John G. Carlisle,
who you can read all about on his Wikipedia site, here.

In 1893, Mrs. Carlisle published a cook book. 
Her recipe for Kentucky Black Cake is here.

Information about Carlisle and his home is here. (pdf)

“Covington, Ky., - Dec. 5.- The home of John G. Carlisle, this metropolis, is still celebrating his election.  Nineteen tar barrels blazed last evening and threw a lurid glow of Southron victory o’er the cloud curtained sky, visible at a distance of several blocks.  The excitement is intense, and strong men are weeping.” 
New York Times, December 6, 1883

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There are two soldiers who are recipients of the US Medal of Honor from Covington, and both achieved the honor in battles against Indians in the American West: 

On August 12, 1881, Thomas Shaw “forced the enemy back after stubbornly holding his ground in an extremely exposed position and prevented the enemy's superior numbers from surrounding his command,” in a battle at Carrizo Canyon, New Mexico. 

Thomas Sullivan was awarded his based on his actions on October 20, 1869 in the Chiricahua Mountains in the Arizona Territory for “gallantry in action against Indians concealed in a ravine.”

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“Say have you ever seen Miss Dora Dean
She is the finest girl you have ever seen.”
Some background at this site.

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Ron Ziegler, press
secretary to Richard
Nixon, and the man who
declared Watergate, “a
third-rate burglary.“
Ben Lucien Burman
an author of 22 novels
Robert Surtees, born August 9,
1906 in Covington, was a three-time
academy award winning cinema-
tographer.  The impressive list of
the films on which he was the
cinematographer is at this site.

 

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The Davis Sisters lived in Latonia, and were an early county music trio.  A little more on them here.

Frequently referred to as “Cincinnati Artist Henry Farny,” he lived at 1391 Banklick in Covington from 1890 to 1907. Search Google Images for Henry Farny to see LOTS of his Indian paintings.

Remember Durword Kirby?  He was from Covington.  There's a bio here (He was the inspiration for Rocky and Bullwinkle's "Kirwood Derby," about which he was not amused.)

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My Father's House in Washington, Kentucky (1886)
a painting by Covington artist Mary Bruce Sharon

Dixie Seldon was a known Covington artist. More on her at this site.
If you search her on Google images, you get lots of her paintings.

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Mary Ann Mongan
Mary Ann Mongan,
for whom the Covington Branch of
the Kenton County Library is named
Eugenia Farmer, early Covington
suffragette. More on here at this site.

 

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Know who Haven Gillespie was? The man who wrote Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and many other songs, is from Covington.  More at this site, and at this site.  A little more bio information and a picture of his home in Covington are here. (pdf)

Covington's Una Merkel, was a film actress who starred in many movies from 1930 through 1966. There's a list of her credits and a bio at this site, and a whole bunch of her movie star pictures, here. William Grant High Schools' Tom Thacker is the only player to have played on an NCAA championship team, an ABA championship team, and an NBA championship team. His NBA and ABA record is at this site.

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Benj. Sebastian Jacob May J. H. Mersman,
 President
Jas. M. Rude,
Vice-President
Management of Covington's Sebastian Lathe Co.
 
J. M. Rude Manufacturing Co, Covington
 

 

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Wes Wilson
Read about him here.

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“We publish, to-day, a list of the income tax-payers of Covington, for the year 1868. The following are some of the heaviest incomes reported: Amos Shinkle, $34, 849; Robert Hemingray, $28,113; W. C. Hamilton, $20,550; A. Hathaway, $17, 493; Uriah Shinkle, $13, 880; J. E. Brewster, $12,254; Joel Baker, $12,264; Vincent Shinkle, $11, 962; George A. Hamilton, $10, 865.” from the Louisville Daily Journal, May 4, 1868

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Membership rosters from the 1911 Masonic Lodges of Kenton County:  (pdf's)
Covington #109 Covington #159 Covington #345 Wilmington Ludlow #478
Erlanger Independence Fiskburg Latonia Ludlow #759

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The 1878 Biographical Encyclopedia of Kentucky had these Kenton County-related biographies.  (All are pdf's)

William J. Perrin Rev. Thomas N. Arnold Alexander Campbell Ellis
Henry Clay White Edward Reiley  
Charles Asmann Robert Howe Robert A. Athey
Charles F. Thomas, MD Napoleon B. Stephens John Talbot Levis

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From The History of Kentucky, 1929, published by S. J. Clarke.  This book, like the one immediately above, should not be considered to have a definitive list of important people in the county.  More likely, the book was financed by people who paid to have their name included, and wrote their own bio. Caveat Emptor.   (All are pdf's)

Charles W. Justice, M.D. Captain William H. Strahan, M.D. Charles Purdy Charles S. Durrett
Hon.  Orrie S. Ware John L. Cushing Joseph Noterman  

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