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Buckner, Richard A.

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Buckner, Richard A.
March 10, 2007 06:42PM
Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky, by H. Levin, editor, 1897. Published
by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago. Reprinted by Southern Historical
Press. p. 77. Green County.

RICHARD A. BUCKNER, judge of the Kentucky court of appeals, was born in
Fauquier county, Virginia, in 1783. He was liberally educated and in
1803 he removed with his father's family to Green county, Kentucky, where
he was admitted to the bar. For a time, however, he taught school,
making little advance in his profession until 1811, when he located in
Greensburg. From that time his law practice was large and lucrative.
He served as county attorney of Green county and for several years
commonwealth's attorney. He won fame as the prosecuting attorney in
the famous trial of Alexander Hamilton for the murder of Dr. Sanderson,
in Glasgow, in 1818, and was retained as counsel in many other cases of
renown. In 1813 he was first elected to the legislature, was re-elected
in 1815, and was elected to congress, serving in for all six years, 1823
to 1829. December 31, 1831, he was appointed associate judge of the
court of appeals, but shortly afterward resigned. He was again called
to service in the state legislature on several different occasions,
serving his last term in 1838-9. In 1832 he was the nominee of the Whig
party for governor, and in one of the most exciting contests in the
history of the state was defeated by a small majority by John Breathitt,
the Democratic candidate. In 1836 and 1840 he was presidential elector,
supporting General W. H. Harrison on both occasions. At the time of his
death, December 8, 1847, he was serving as judge of the circuit court
of his district. He was one of the most upright and gifted lawyers of
Kentucky, whose superior powers made him the peer of the ablest of the
Kentucky bar.
His sons, Richard A. Buckner Jr., and Aylette Buckner, both
achieved distinction at the bar.

Buckner Hamilton Sanderson Harrison Breathitt
Glasgow-Barren-KY Fauquier-VA

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