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John Governer "One Arm" Pope

Also Known As: ""One Arm Pope""
Birthplace: Prince William County, Virginia, United States
Death: July 12, 1845 (75)
Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel William Pope and Penelope Pope
Husband of Elizabeth Janet Dorcas Pope; Anne Henry Pope and Frances W. Pope
Father of Elizabeth Trotter Cocke
Brother of Penelope Edwards Oldham; Jane Field; William Hamilton Pope, Jr.; Eliizabeth Hall; Hon. Alexander (Col) Pope and 12 others

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About John Pope, U.S. Senator

Do not confuse with John "One-Arm Pope" Pope from Kentucky. 1770 1845

John Pope (February 1770 – July 12, 1845) was a United States Senator from Kentucky, a member of the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky, Secretary of State of Kentucky, and Governor of Arkansas Territory.

John Pope was born in Prince William County, Virginia in 1770. He lost his arm during his youth and was known as "One-arm Pope". He studied law and moved to Springfield, Kentucky where he was admitted to the bar. He practiced law in Washington, Shelby, and Fayette County, Kentucky. He was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1802 and served again in 1806 and 1807.

Pope was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, serving from 1807 to 1813, and served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Eleventh Congress. He also served as a member of the Kentucky Senate from 1825 to 1829, and was elected three times as a Whig to the United States House of Representatives serving Kentucky's District 7 between 1837 and 1843.

From 1829 to 1835 he served as the Governor of Arkansas Territory. During his term as governor he arranged for the construction of the Old State House which remains the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River.

Pope was married to the sister-in-law of President John Quincy Adams. He was also the brother of Nathaniel Pope, a prominent figure in early Illinois Territory, and the uncle to both John Pope, Union General in the Civil War and Daniel Pope Cook, another prominent politician in the early history of the state of Illinois.

John Pope died in Springfield, Kentucky, and is buried in the Springfield Cemetery. Pope County, Arkansas is named for John Pope.

Pope, John (1770-1845) — also known as "One-Arm Pope" — of Lexington, Fayette County, Ky.; Springfield, Washington County, Ky. Born in Prince William County, Va., 1770. Married to the sister-in-law of John Quincy Adams. Democrat. Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1800, 1820; member of Kentucky state house of representatives, 1802, 1806; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1807-13; secretary of state of Kentucky, 1816-19; Governor of Arkansas Territory, 1829-35; U.S. Representative from Kentucky 7th District, 1837-43. Lost his right arm as a youth. Died in Springfield, Washington County, Ky., July 12, 1845. Interment at Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Ky. Pope County, Ark. is named for him.

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John Pope, U.S. Senator's Timeline

February 1770
Prince William County, Virginia, United States
July 12, 1845
Age 75
Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, United States
Cemetery Hill Cemetery, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, United States