John LaRue Helm

John LaRue Helm (1802 - 1867)

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John LaRue (John L.) Helm
Born in Hardin County, Kentuckymap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Bardstown, Nelson, Kentucky, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Elizabethtown, Kentuckymap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Dec 2014
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Categories: Hardin County, Kentucky | Elizabethtown, Kentucky | Helm Family Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Kentucky | Kentucky Governors.

Preceded by
17th Governor
John J. Crittenden

23rd Governor
Thomas E. Bramlette
John L. Helm
18th Governor
of Kentucky

Seal of the State of Kentucky
24th Governor
Succeeded by
19th Governor
Lazarus W. Powell

25th Governor
John W. Stevenson


HELM, John Larue, governor of Kentucky, b. in Hardin county, Ky., 4 July, 1802; d. in Elizabethtown, Ky., 8 Sept., 1867. He was descended from Maj. Benjamin and Capt. Leonard Helm, of Fauquier county, Va., early pioneers of Kentucky, who were distinguished in Indian warfare. At an early age he was employed in the office of the circuit clerk, afterward studied law, was admitted to the bar, and appointed county attorney.

He was in the state house of representatives in 1826-'37, and state senator from 1844 till 1848 and again from 1865 till 1867. when he resigned. He presided in the legislature seven years, was elected lieutenant-governor in 1848, and in 1850 became governor, which office he held till 1852. In 1854 he was made president of the Louisville and Nashville railroad. He was again chosen governor of Kentucky after the civil war, and was inaugurated at his residence in Elizabethtown on 3 Sept., 1867, five days before his death. [1]


  1. Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography, 1892

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