Robert Charles Wickliffe

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Robert Charles Wickliffe

Birthplace: Bardstown, KY, USA
Death: Died in KY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles A. Wickliffe, Governor, U.S. Postmaster General and Margaret Wickliffe
Husband of Annie Davis Wickliffe and Anna Ruffin Wickliffe
Father of Elizabeth Wickliffe; Robert Charles Wickliffe; Margaret E Beckham and John B Wickliffe
Brother of Nannie Christian Yulee; Julia Tevis Beckham; Lydia Ann Wickliffe; Mary Wickliffe; John C. Wickliffe and 4 others

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 Charles Wickliffe's Timeline

January 6, 1819
Bardstown, KY, USA
Age 24
Age 26
Age 30
U.S. Federal Census, Nelson Co., KY
Age 30
West Feliciana, Louisiana
Age 36
Age 50
Ward 1, West Feliciana, Louisiana
May 1, 1874
Age 55
Bardstown, KY