Isham Talbot

Isham Talbot (1773 – September 25, 1837) was a United States Senator from Kentucky.

Isham Talbot
United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
February 2, 1815 – March 4, 1819
Preceded byJesse Bledsoe
Succeeded byWilliam Logan
In office
October 19, 1820 – March 4, 1825
Preceded byWilliam Logan
Succeeded byJohn Rowan
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Personal details
Bedford County, Virginia
DiedSeptember 25, 1837 (aged 63–64)
Frankfort, Kentucky
Resting placeFrankfort Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

Born in Bedford County, Virginia, Isham Talbot Jr. moved with his parents, Isham and Elizabeth (Davis) Talbot, to Harrodsburg, Kentucky in about 1784. He was admitted to the bar, and began his legal practice in Versailles, Kentucky. He moved to Frankfort, Kentucky, where he also was a lawyer.

Talbot served in the Kentucky Senate from 1812 to 1815. He was then elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Jesse Bledsoe, and served from February 2, 1815 to March 3, 1819. The second time he was elected to the United States Senate was to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Logan, and served from October 19, 1820 to March 3, 1825. He then resumed his law practice and died on his plantation near Frankfort.

Isham Talbot was interred in the State Cemetery in Frankfort.


  • United States Congress. "Isham Talbot (id: T000017)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Allen, William B. (1872). A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Bradley & Gilbert. pp. 348–349. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
U.S. senator (Class 3) from Kentucky
February 2, 1815 – March 3, 1819
Served alongside: William T. Barry, Martin D. Hardin, John J. Crittenden
Succeeded by
Preceded by
U.S. senator (Class 3) from Kentucky
October 19, 1820 – March 3, 1825
Served alongside: Richard M. Johnson
Succeeded by