51w15Powers, Caleb papersGuide to the Caleb Powers papers, 1900-1941 51w15Processed by Beth Eifler; machine-readable finding aid created by Beth Eifler.University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center2005Special Collections Research CenterUniversity of Kentucky LibrariesMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky 40506-0039URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-01-11 12:39:16 -0500.Description is in English.Describing Archives: A Content Standard2017 January 5EAD and description updated for digitization by Megan Mummey.
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Caleb Powers papers
6 Cubic Feet
9 boxes, 1 item
The Caleb Powers papers (dated 1900-1941; 6 cubic feet; 9 boxes, 1 item) consist of materials relating to the third and fourth trials of Caleb Powers, which took place during 1903-1904 and 1907-1908.
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51w15: [identification of item], Caleb Powers papers, 1900-1941, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Caleb Powers was born near Williamsburg in Whitley County, Kentucky, on February 1, 1869. He attended several public schools in Kentucky, including Union College in Barbourville, the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and Centre College in Danville. He eventually graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. After attending West Point from 1890-1891, Powers studied law and was admitted to the Bar in 1894. He served as superintendent of public schools in Knox County from 1894-1899 and was elected secretary of state on the Republican ticket in 1899. The results of the 1899 election were contested by the Democrats and when the legislature convened in January 1900, Democratic candidate William Goebel was declared elected governor over William S. Taylor, Republican incumbent. Goebel was shot outside of the old State Capitol building in Frankfort on January 30 and died four days later on February 3.Powers was charged with complicity in the assassination of Governor Goebel. He was tried four times, with the first two trials resulting in a life sentence and the third in the death penalty. All three sentences were reversed by the Kentucky Court of Appeals and new trials granted. The fourth trial resulted in a hung jury and Powers was eventually pardoned by Kentucky Governor Augustus E. Willson in 1908. Powers went on to be elected as a Republican to three succeeding Congresses (1911-1919). He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1912, and later moved to Washington, D. C., where he served as assistant counsel for the United States Shipping Board from 1921 until his death on July 25, 1932.
Scope and Contents
The Caleb Powers papers (dated 1900-1941; 6 cubic feet; 9 boxes, 1 item) consist of materials relating to the third and fourth trials of Caleb Powers, which took place during 1903-1904 and 1907-1908. Papers include the correspondence of Powers, his attorneys, witnesses, and other interested parties; affidavits, subpoenas, and other legal documents; newspaper clippings and magazine articles; and other miscellaneous materials relating to Powers' four trials. Judge Samuel M. Wilson of Lexington served with Powers' defense team and collected the manuscript materials.
The following collections contain materials related to the Goebel assassination and the Caleb Powers hearings: Caleb Powers papers, 1902-1904, 1904-1905. William Sylvester Taylor papers, 1899-1937. William Stuart Lester letters dealing with the Goebel affair, 1952. Bruce Ferguson scrapbook, 1900-1902.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Assassination -- Politics and government -- Kentucky.
Conspiracy -- Kentucky.
Kentucky -- History.
Lawyers -- Kentucky.
Powers, Caleb, 1869-1932
Goebel, William, 1856-1900
THIRD TRIALI1903-1904Scope and Contents noteThese materials relate to the third trial of Caleb Powers, which took place during 1903-1904 and ended with a guilty verdict and death sentence for Powers. Included are transcripts of witness testimonies, various legal documents and notes, correspondence, published copies of Powers' speech given before the court, and Judge Samuel M. Wilson's notebooks from the trial.WITNESSESiDefendant's Witnesses11WITNESS TESTIMONIESiiFirst Volume12Second Volume13Third Volume14Fourth Volume15Sixth and Seventh Volume16Eighth and Ninth Volume17Tenth and Eleventh Volume18MISCELLANEOUS LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND NOTESiiiOrder and Other Documents Concerning the Official Stenographer19Bill of Exceptions110Kentucky Court of Appeals, Brief for Appellant111Motion for New Trial and Court Opinions112Notes113SAMUEL WILSON NOTEBOOKSivThird Trial, August 3, 1903 - , Book No. 121Third Trial, August 3, 1903 - , Book No. 222Undated23CORRESPONDENCEv190324190425190526190627SPEECHESviCaleb Powers Speech, August 27-28, 190328Caleb Powers Speech, August 27-28, 190329Address Delivered by Judge James H. Mulligan at Frankfort, KY on October 5, 1903210FOURTH TRIALII1907-1908Scope and Contents noteThese materials relate to the fourth trial of Caleb Powers, which took place during 1907-1908 and ended with a hung jury. Included are subpoenas, witness lists, bills and receipts, correspondence, notebooks and notes, affidavits, motions, and other miscellaneous legal documents.SUBPOENASiScope and Contents noteSubpoenas are organized alphabetically by the county in which they were issued.Adair - Butler31Caldwell - Daviess32Elliott - Franklin33Gallatin - Hopkins34Jackson - Lyon35Madison - Pulaski36Rockcastle - Wolfe37WITNESS LISTSiiLists of Senators and Representatives in Regular Session of 190038Witness Lists from Third Trial39Witnesses for the Defense310Witnesses for the Prosecution311AFFIDAVITS, STATEMENTS, AND TESTIMONIESiiiWitness Affidavits41Witness Statements42Witness Testimonies43Caleb Powers Affidavits and Motions44Samuel Wilson Affidavits45SAMUEL WILSON CALENDAR AND NOTEBOOKSivCalendar/Daily Reminder, 190746Notebook, June 20, 190747Notebook, October 10, 190748Notebook, November 1, 190749JURY SELECTION AND INSTRUCTIONSvChallenges, Motions, and Affidavit Relating to Jury Selection51Challenges and Motions Relating to Jury Selection52Jury Instructions53MISCELLANEOUS LEGAL DOCUMENTSviCourt Orders54Misc. Legal Documents55BILLS AND RECEIPTSviiJuly - November, 190756NOTESviiiScope and Contents noteThis section includes notes regarding jury selection, witnesses and their testimonies, drafts of motions, points, and addresses to the court, references to prior court decisions and rulings, and other misc. notes taken during trial.Notes 157Notes 258Notes 359CORRESPONDENCEixScope and Contents noteCorrespondence is arranged alphabetically by sender's last name and chronologically thereunder.A-NiA61B62C63D64E65F66G67H68I69J610K611L612M613N6140-YiiO71P72Caleb Powers, December 190673Caleb Powers, June-August 190774Caleb Powers, October-November 190775Caleb Powers, 190876Caleb Powers, undated77R78S79T-U710W711Samuel Wilson712Y713POST-TRIAL AND MISCELLANEOUSIII1900-1941Scope and Contents noteThis section includes materials from the period following Powers' fourth trial, as well as a few miscellaneous materials relating to all of his trials.Petitions for the Pardon of Caleb Powers, 190881Brief prepared for the Petition Committee of Georgetown, Ky. by Caleb Powers, March 18, 190882Newspaper Clippings, 1900-190883The Master Detective, September 1931 and October 193184Correspondence, 1911-194185Kentucky Court of Appeals: Caleb Powers, appellant versus the Commonwealth of Kentucky, appellee. Brief for appellant. Copy 186Kentucky Court of Appeals: Caleb Powers, appellant versus the Commonwealth of Kentucky, appellee. Brief for appellant. Copy 287Kentucky Court of Appeals: Caleb Powers, appellant versus the Commonwealth of Kentucky, appellee. Brief for appellant. Copy 388ELECTION RESULTS AND NEWSPAPERSIV1900-1908ELECTION RESULTS, 1900-1907iStatement of the Official Vote of Kentucky, The Morning Democrat, Supplement, Saturday, December 29, 1900.91Statement of the Official Vote of Kentucky, The Morning Democrat, Supplement, Saturday, December 19, 1903.92Statement of Official Vote of Kentucky, The Morning Democrat, Supplement, Wednesday, December 14, 1904.93Election Results, Grant County, Kentucky, November 21, 1907.94MISCELLANEOUS NEWSPAPER SECTIONS, 1903-1939iiPowers, Caleb. "Caleb Powers' Plea for Justice." Lexington Leader, August 30, 1903, Sunday Morning: Second Section 1-6. copy 195Powers, Caleb. "Caleb Powers' Plea for Justice." Lexington Leader, August 30, 1903, Sunday Morning: Second Section 1-6. copy 296The Farmer's Equity Journal, Saturday, May 2, 1908.97"The Last Word on Goebel's Deathbed" by Richard Rennelsen - review of "The First New Dealer, William Goeble" by Urey Woodson. (from Courier-Journal, June 6, 1939)98BOUND NEWSPAPER, 1907-1908iiiLexington Leader, November 10, 1907 - January 5, 1908.1
Caleb Powers papers