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Richard Taylor Jacob, American soldier.


Jacob, Richard Taylor was born on March 13, 1825 in Oldham County, Kentucky, United States. Son of John Jeremiah and Lucy Donald (Robertson) Jacob.


Joined emigrant party leaving Missouri River, May 11, 1846, for California. Chosen 2d in command of Republican Fork of Blue at Fort Laramie. Reached California September 9, 1846, with 8 of his party.

Found Californians in rebellion. Raised company, becoming its captain and Joined Fremont, serving under him until surrender of the Mexican army to Colonel Fremont, 40 miles from Los Los Angeles Returned to Kentucky, raised a volunteer company for Mexican war, which was not accepted. Went to Washington as witness in Fremont courtmartial.


Sarah, 3d d. Senator Thomas H. Benton, January 17, 1848 (died 1863). Married second, Laura, d. Doctor Wilson, June 6, 1865 (died 1895).

Lived on farm in Missouri, 1848-1854. Returned to Kentucky. Breckenridge elector, 1860.

Representative from Oldham County in Kentucky legislature, 1857-1861. Drafted committee report in favor of remaining loyal to Union, which was adopted. Raised, 1862. and was colonel 9th Kentucky vols.: served in Kentucky, driving Scott’s brigade and the Secession government out of Frankfort.

Lieutenant governor Kentucky, 1863-1867. Supported McClellan, 1864. Opposed enlistment of Negro troops in Kentucky.

Was arrested by General Burbridge and escorted across enemy’s lines. Appealed to President Lincoln, who directed his return to his home. Park Commissioner Louisville, 1895-1899.

Home: Louisville, Ky.


Married 1st.;; married second, Laura, d.

John Jeremiah Jacob

Lucy Donald (Robertson) Jacob