Speed, James

Life Span
to
Full name
James Speed
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Slave State
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
7
Family
John Speed (father), Lucy Gilmer Fry (mother), Jane Cochran (wife)
Education
Transylvania
Other
Other Education
St. Joseph's College, KY
Occupation
Politician
Attorney or Judge
Educator
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Political Parties
Whig
Republican
Union (Unconditional Union, National Union)
Government
Lincoln Administration (1861-65)
State legislature
Local government

James Speed, Election of 1860 (American National Biography)

Scholarship
Speed detested the xenophobic American (Know Nothing) party that replaced the Whigs in Kentucky in the mid-1850s. Although long a friend of Abraham Lincoln, whom he had met through his brother Joshua Fry, Speed understood that a Republican could not carry a slave state like Kentucky. In the presidential contest of 1860, therefore, he served on a committee that united supporters of northern Democrat Stephen A. Douglas and Constitutional Unionist John Bell to defeat southern Democrat John Breckinridge in Kentucky. After the election, however, confident of Speed's loyalty to the Union, however, Lincoln made him mustering officer for Kentucky under his call for 75,000 volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War.
Phyllis F. Field, "Speed, James," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/04/04-00933.html.
How to Cite This Page: "Speed, James," House Divided: The Civil War Research Engine at Dickinson College, https://hd.housedivided.dickinson.edu/index.php/node/6619.