48m39Buckner, Benjamin Forsythe papersGuide to the Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers, 1785-1918, undated 48m39Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric WeigUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research CenterSpecial Collections Research CenterUniversity of Kentucky LibrariesMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky 40506-0039URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-08-27 16:15:45 -0400.EnglishDescribing Archives: A Content Standard2017 June 21Arrangement and description updated by Morgan A. LeMaster and Sarah Mackenzie Wade.
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Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers
Buckner, Benjamin Forsythe, 1836-1901
8.56 Cubic Feet
18 boxes, 1 oversize box
The Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers (dated 1785-1918, undated; 8.56 cubic feet; 18 boxes, 1 oversize box) primarily comprise business correspondence, legal documents, and financial records that document the legal career of the nineteenth century Kentucky attorney and judge.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Collection is arranged into 4 series by subject and format: Correspondence, Financial, Legal, and Personal.
Lawyer and judge Benjamin Forsythe Buckner was born in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1836 to Kentucky parents. He attended the Kentucky Military Institute and served as a deputy in the Winchester circuit clerk's office before matriculating as a law student at the University of Louisville in 1856. After his admission to the bar in 1857, he began practicing law in Winchester, Kentucky. In 1861, Buckner joined the United States Army and entered the Civil War as Major of the Twentieth Kentucky Federal Infantry, where he fought with the Union in the Battle of Shiloh and smaller battles in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama.Buckner resigned from the army in 1863 and returned to Winchester, where he married Helen B. Martin, daughter of Clark County farmer Samuel Davis Martin, and resumed practicing law. In 1865, Buckner was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives on behalf of Clark County. He moved to Lexington in 1870, where he worked in partnership with William Campbell Preston Breckinridge until he was elected Judge of the Common Pleas Court of the Lexington District in 1874.Buckner served on the circuit court bench for the tenth judicial district from 1880-1883 and then resigned to Louisville to resume a private practice. In 1896, Buckner retired to Winchester, where he died in 1901. Johnston, J. Stoddard, ed., Memorial History of Louisville from its First Settlement to the Year 1896: Volume II (Chicago: American Biographical Publishing, 1896), 365-366.Levin, H., ed., The Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky (Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1897), 652-654.Peter, Robert, History of Fayette County, Kentucky, with an Outline Sketch of the Blue Grass Region (Chicago: O. L. Baskin &, 1882), 571-572.
48m39: [identification of item], Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers, 1785-1918, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
46m151, Dr. Samuel Davis Martin papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.1997ms118, Tebbs/Prewitt family papers, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Scope and Contents
The Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers (dated 1785-1918, undated; 8.56 cubic feet; 18 boxes, 1 oversize box) primarily comprise business correspondence, legal documents, and financial records that document the legal career of the nineteenth century Kentucky attorney and judge. The collection also includes Buckner's correspondence to his wife Helen during his deployment as a Union soldier in the Civil War, an office docket that reflects Buckner's legal practice during the latter part of his career, and a diary from a member of his wife's family, the Martins.
Conditions Governing Use
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Lawyers -- Kentucky.
Judges -- Kentucky.
Court administration -- Kentucky.
Martin, R. D.
Martin, Samuel Davis, 1791-1882
Buckner, Benjamin Forsythe, 1836-1901
Correspondence1884-1918, undatedScope and ContentsComprises correspondence between Buckner, his clients, and government officials. Arranged chronologically by year and thereunder alphabetically by correspondent's last name.A-G188411H-O188412P-Y188413B-C188514D-G188515H-M188516N-Y188517A-G188618H-P188621R-Y188622A-J188723K-P188724R-Y188725A-H188826J-Y188827A-H188928J-Y188929A-W189031A-L189132M-Z189133A-H189234J-Y189235A-D189336E-W189341A-G189442K-Z189443A-G189544H-Z189545A-G189646H-W189647A-E189748F-Z189751A-E189852F-Z189853A-W1899541900-191855undated56-8Financial1838-1912, undatedScope and ContentsComprises account books, checkbooks, ledgers, bills, and receipts that document Buckner's legal practice. Arranged into subseries by format and thereunder chronologically.Account books and ledgers1857-1897Ledger of legal accounts1857-186661Receipt book1867-186962Ledger1874 July 6-1897 December 1663Masonic Savings Bank account books1889-189164Bills and receipts1877-1912, undated1877-187814418791451880146188114718826518831481884 January-April661884 April-December671885 January-June681885 July-December711886721887-1888731889-1890741891751892761893 January-June771893 July-December781894 January-June791894 July-December71018957111896811897821898831899841900-191285undated86-7Checks and checkbooks1838-1896, undated1838-1858881860-1864891865-1869911869-1870921880-1884931885-189194Cancelled notes1890-189295189196-71892981893101-21894 January-April1031894 May-July1041894 August-December10518951061896111undated112Legal1785-1905, undatedScope and ContentsConstitutes the bulk of the collection, with land surveys, deeds, certificates, resolutions, briefs, subpoenas, and agreements that reflect Buckner's activity as an attorney and judge in central Kentucky. Also includes some financial documents and correspondence, particularly for the early years of Buckner's practice. Arranged chronologically.1785-18291131830-18391141840-18421151843-1849116Certificates of the Register of the Land Office1843-18601911850-18551171856-185712118581221859 January-June1231859 September-December12418601251861126186212718631311864132186513318661341867135186813618691371870138187113918721310187313111874141Lawyer's office docket1874 July -1897 December 161421875-18761431884-1885151188615218871531888154-6188915718901611891162189216318931641894165189516618961671897171189817218991731900-1905174undated175-7Personalcirca 1844-1918, undatedScope and ContentsComprises items related to Buckner's personal life, including letters written by Buckner to his wife Helen during his stint as a Union major in the Civil War. Also includes insurance contracts for Buckner and his wife, a tintype photograph of an unidentified woman, a key to a safety box, a diary by one of his wife's family members, a small notebook and calendar, and assorted clippings and pamphlets.Benjamin Buckner letters to his wife, Helen1861-1863181Clippings, coupons, advertisements, and pamphletsundated182-3Safety vault box keyundated184Notebook and calendar1889, undated184Tintype photograph of an unidentified womanundated186R. D. Martin diary1918187Teutonia Insurance agent authorization for Benjamin F. Buckner1897 May 7192Mutual Life Insurance Company contract for Helen M. Buckner1896 January 8193Blow For the Building and Loan Associations: The Court of Appeals Declares the Law of 1893 To Be Unconstitutional1893 June 19194Geological map of South-West Branch, Pacific Rail Road, by G. C. Swallow, State Geologist, drawn by G. C. Broadheadcirca 1844195
Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers