Robert Charles Wickliffe (1819 - 1895)

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Birthplace: Bardstown, KY, USA
Death: Died in KY, USA
Occupation: 15th Governor of Louisiana, Lawyer and State Senator, Governor of Louisiana, 2 terms, governor, lawyer
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About Robert Charles Wickliffe

Robert Wickliffe opposed the rise of the "Know-Nothing" Party in Louisiana, which reached its peak of strength during his administration. The "Know-Nothings", or the American Party, was formed to oppose Catholicism and Irish and German immigration.

Wickliffe wrestled with John Slidell over control of the state Democratic Party; he lost political favor when his candidate for congress lost to Slidell's and when Slidell's choice for President, John C. Breckinridge, carried Louisiana in 1860 against Wickliffe's candidate, Stephen Douglas.

Wickliffe reduced funds for public education, imposed restrictions on New Orleans to curb electoral violence and advocated the spread of slavery to the Caribbean where he believed the U. S. should expand.

Wickliffe stayed out of the secession conflict and did not fight in the War Between the States. After the war, he remained active in Democratic Party politics until he retired to his hometown of Bardstown, Kentucky where he died in 1895.

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Robert Wickliffe's Timeline

1819
January 6, 1819
Bardstown, KY, USA
1843
February 28, 1843
Age 24
Louisiana
1844
1844
Age 24
Louisiana
1846
1846
Age 26
1850
1850
Age 30
U.S. Federal Census, Nelson Co., KY
1850
Age 30
West Feliciana, Louisiana
1856
1856
Age 36
Louisiana
1870
1870
Age 50
Louisiana
1870
Age 50
Ward 1, West Feliciana, Louisiana
1874
May 1, 1874
Age 55
Bardstown, KY