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Kentucky's 12th congressional district

Sign in front of the McCracken, Kentucky Courthouse (in Paducah, Kentucky) commemorating early members of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Jackson Purchase (U.S. historical region). The "First District" in the title actually changed over time. It refers to the Jackson Purchase, which was in the 5th district from 1819 to 1823, the 12th district until 1833, and then the 1st district until the end of the sign's lineage in 1855.

United States House of Representatives, Kentucky District 12 was a district of the United States Congress in Kentucky. It was lost to redistricting in 1843. Its last Representative was Garrett Davis.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
Electoral history Location
District created March 4, 1823
Robert P. Henry Jackson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
Redistricted from the 6th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Caldwell, Christian, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Todd, Trigg, and Union counties
Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
August 25, 1826
[Data unknown/missing.]
John F. Henry Anti-Jacksonian December 11, 1826 –
March 3, 1827
19th [Data unknown/missing.]
Chittenden Lyon Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1833
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 1st district.
Thomas A. Marshall Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
23rd Redistricted from the 2nd district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
John Chambers
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
[Data unknown/missing.]
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
[Data unknown/missing.]
Garrett Davis
Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 8th district.
District eliminated March 3, 1843


  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present