Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky, by H. Levin, editor, 1897. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago. Reprinted by Southern Historical Press. p. 481. Jefferson County.
THOMAS E. BRAMLETTE, governor of Kentucky, was born in Cumberland county, January 3, 1817. Having obtained a good English education he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1837. In 1841 he was elected to the legislature, in 1849 he was appointed commonwealth's attorney, serving
two years, and in 1852 removed to Columbia, Kentucky, where he practiced law until elected judge of the sixth judicial district. When the country became involved in the civil war he espoused the Union cause, receiving a colonel's commission, and raised the Third Kentucky Regiment of Infantry, entering the field at its head; but he resigned to become United States district attorney for Kentucky, to
which office he was appointed February 27, 1863, by President Lincoln, and removed to Louisville. During his term of office the government tried and convicted Thomas C. Shackelford for treason, that being the only case of the kind recorded in the history of the country. In 1863
he was commissioned major-general and while organizing his division was nominated as the Union candidate for governor of Kentucky, which was followed by his election in August, by a large majority. During his service he was offered a seat in congress, but declined to become a candidate. In 1864 the convention in Louisville instructed their
delegates to vote for McClellan and Bramlette as their candidates for president and vice-president, but he again declined to allow his name to be used. On his retirement from office he resumed the practice of law in Louisville. He was a warm advocate of the State Normal School and deeply interested in all that pertained to the progress and
upbuilding of the state. He was married in September, 1837, to Sallie Travis, and after her death wedded Mrs. Mary E. Adams, June 3, 1874. He died in his Louisville home, January 12, 1875.