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Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Historic Marker for Evergreen Cemetery - Your Help Needed

There is a group of people working to establish a new historic marker at the Evergreen Cemetery. The group has currently raised $1,000 but needs your help to raise an additional $1,400 to make the marker happen. The group has also received approval from the KY Historic Marker Commission (yes this is apparently a real group that approves historic markers) and they just need your help.

Check should be written to John Hayden Atty Trust Account--with Evergreen Marker in the memo space. (any amount appreciated!). Contributions should be mailed to Paul Whalen at PO Box 22; Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

The marker will have the following text:

Congressmen Buried At Evergreen
Four US Congressmen from Newport are buried here.
John Woolston Tibbatts represented NKY as a Democrat in Congress from 1843-1847. He sponsored the legislation to annex Texas. After voting to declare war on Mexico, he enlisted as Colonel and fought in Mexico.

Thomas Lauren Jones practiced law in Newport and served in Congress from 1867-1871 and 1875-77. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for KY Governor in 1883.


Albert S. Berry, “The Tall Sycamore of the Licking" was Mayor of Newport prior to election to Congress. He served from 1893-1901. After leaving Congress, he served as Circuit Judge.


Brent Spence
was a lawyer and banker prior to representing the area in Congress from 1931 to 1963 . He chaired the House Banking and Currency Committee for 15 of 20 years from 1943-1963.


A member of the Confederate Congress is buried at Evergreen; George Baird Hodge elected to represent the area in the Confederate Congress in 1862. He simultaneously served as a colonel in the Confederate Army. After the war, he served in the KY legislature 1873-1877.

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