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General James Taylor Keturah Leitch Taylor Newport's Albert S. Berry (Wikipedia)
from Zachariah Frederick Smith's History of Kentucky

Based on his French and Indian War service, Taylor was awarded three tracts of land by Virginia, comprising almost 1,500 acres, on February 14, 1780.

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

“The will of the late Gen. James Taylor, [Wikipedia] of Newport, Ky., recorded in 26 counties in Ohio, because he owned real estate in all of them. The will covers 12 1/2 pages royal 8vo., closely written, and relates to property valued at $4,000,000.” from Collins' History of Kentucky


Dr. Paul Tenkotte has written about the Taylor's at this site.

More on David and Keturah Leitch, and Leitch's Station at this site.

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


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). A non-pdf bio is here.


Campbell County, Kentucky   Campbell County, Kentucky   Capt. Newport
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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Don Carlos Faith

Don Carlos Faith, Jr. (Wikipedia) was a Fort Thomas resident and a Highlands graduate, who received a Medal of Honor.


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 Frisch's

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.
A detailed review of his autobiography is here.


C. C. Weber was a noted architect from Fort Thomas.


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


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.


Beuna Vista Anschutz
This is The Way They Lived, a painting by Newport-born artist Thomas Pollock Anshutz, about whom you can read more at his entry at Wikipedia.


Metcalfr   Andy Kirk
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.


Marble King   Marble King
Billy Bradford, Marble Champ, 1924
From a Facebook post by Tammie Cornett
  Bill McCarthy, Marble Champ, 1925

Chess authority William Lyons was from Newport

Newport's Silveretta Purvis Cochran adamantly refused to vote, once the vote was legal for women. Why? “Politics are for men, men are fools, and I'm not going to lower myself to their level.”


The Thompson submachine gun was created by Newport's own John Taliaferro Thompson. There's a biography of him at Wikipedia, and a page on the Tommy Gun he created is also at Wikipedia.


Supreme Court Justice Horace Harmon Lurton was born in Newport.
His Wikipedia entry.

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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.

Reis Reis
Rudy Hulswitt played for the Reds, Phils and Cards, (1903-1910) Tommy Reis pitched in 8 games in 1938. 12.27 ERA.

Other Newport men who played in the majors include:

Kid Baldwin played for the Reds sand the Athletics in 1890. John Dolan spent 1890-1893 playing ball. for different teams.
George Miller played 11 games for the Reds in 1877 Orlie Weaver pitched 8 games in 1910-11.
We've omitted more recent examples of Campbell Countians in the majors.


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Newport's Dave Cowens Drive is named for the Boston Celtic Star.
You can find his official NBA biography at this site, and his Wikipedia entry here.
He's a member of the NBA Hall of Fame.

A contemporary retrospective on Cowens' career is here.



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 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.


Campbell County, Kentucky

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


Newport's George Hipshire having lost his eyesight, and being unable to work, started writing poetry.  He lived on Overton in Newport, and you can read samples of his work here and here.


John Cleves Symmes

John Cleves Symmes was an early land owner of a huge tract in southern Ohio - everything between the Miami and Little Miami rivers, virtually all the way to Dayton. He saw the Cincinnati area as the eventual site of three cities - one each at the mouths of the Miami, Little Miami and Licking Rivers, and chose the Miami River bottoms - the present site of Cleves, Ohio, as his home. But in his later years he expounded on his, and his nephew's theory that the earth was hollow, and had holes at the north and south poles. No, really.

Symmes Theory of the Earth The Expedition The Lights of Science
“November 19, 1822.  Col. Richard M. Johnson [Wikipedia] presents, in the U. S. Senate, the petition of John Cleves Symmes [Wikipedia], a citizen of Newport, Ky., (a nephew and namesake of [Cincinnati founder] Judge Symmes [Wikipedia], who made the first settlement between the Miami Rivers in Ohio), for aid in performing a voyage of discovery to the inside of the earth, through the poles - which he claimed were open, and that the interior of the earth was accessible and habitable.  His theory [Wikipedia] attracts much attention, and ridicule, and is since known as 'Symmes' Hole.'” from  Collins' History of Kentucky



Newport's John Cleves Symmes loses a slave in 1810
The Whig (Cincinnati), March 21, 1810     



Said to be an early Newport Police outing

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