DESHA, Joseph, (brother of Robert Desha),
a Representative from Kentucky; born in Monroe County, Pa., December
9, 1768; pursued preparatory studies; moved to Kentucky with his parents, who
settled in Fayette County in 1779, and later in 1782, they moved to Tennessee
and settled near Gallatin, Sumner County; returned to Kentucky in 1792 and
settled in Mason County; served in the Indian wars under Gen. Anthony Wayne and
Gen. William H. Harrison in 1794; returned to Kentucky and engaged in
agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives in 1797 and
1799-1802; served in the State senate 1803-1807; elected as a Republican to the
Tenth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1807-March 3, 1819);
chairman, Committee on Public Expenditures (Fifteenth Congress); was not a
candidate for renomination in 1818; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of
Kentucky in 1820; served as major general of Volunteers under Gen. William H.
Harrison at the Battle of the Thames; on his return to civil life he was
elected Governor of Kentucky and served from 1824 to 1828; lived on his farm in
Harrison County until his death near Georgetown, Ky., October 11, 1842;
interment in Georgetown Cemetery.
BibliographyDesha, Joseph. Joseph Desha, Letters and Papers. Edited by
James A. Padgett.
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