Kentucky's 8th congressional district

Kentucky's 8th congressional district was a district of the United States House of Representatives in Kentucky. It was lost to redistricting in 1963. Its last Representative was Eugene Siler.

List of members representing the districtEdit

Member Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history Location
District created March 4, 1813
Vacant March 4, 1813 –
April 20, 1813
13th Representative-elect John Simpson died. 1813–1823
Bullett, Henry, Jefferson, and Shelby counties
Stephen Ormsby Democratic-Republican April 20, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
13th
14th
Elected to finish Simpson's term.
Re-elected in 1814.
Lost re-election.
Richard C. Anderson Jr. Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1821
15th
16th
Elected in 1816.
Re-elected in 1818.
Retired.
Wingfield Bullock Democratic-Republican March 4, 1821 –
October 13, 1821
17th Elected in 1820.
Died.
Vacant October 13, 1821 –
November 21, 1821
James D. Breckinridge Democratic-Republican November 21, 1821 –
March 3, 1823
Elected to finish Bullock's term and seated January 2, 1822.
Redistricted to the 9th district and lost re-election.
Richard A. Buckner Democratic-Republican March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
18th
19th
20th
Elected in 1822.
Re-elected in 1824.
Re-elected in 1827.
Retired.
1823–1833
Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Pulaski, and Wayne counties
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1829
Nathan Gaither Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1833
21st
22nd
Elected in 1829.
Re-elected in 1831.
Redistricted to the 4th district and lost re-election.
Patrick H. Pope Jacksonian March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
23rd Elected in 1833.
Lost re-election.
1833–1843
[data unknown/missing]
 
William J. Graves
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
24th Elected in 1835.
Re-elected in 1837.
Re-elected in 1839.
Retired.
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
25th
26th
James Sprigg Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
27th Elected in 1841.
Redistricted to the 7th district and lost re-election as an independent.
 
Garrett Davis
Whig March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1847
28th
29th
Redistricted from the 12th district and re-elected in 1843.
Re-elected in 1845.
Retired.
1843–1853
[data unknown/missing]
 
Charles S. Morehead
Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1851
30th
31st
Elected in 1847.
Re-elected in 1849.
Retired.
 
John C. Breckinridge
Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1855
32nd
33rd
Elected in 1851.
Re-elected in 1853.
Retired.
1853–1863
[data unknown/missing]
Alexander K. Marshall Know Nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
34th Elected in 1855.
Retired.
 
James B. Clay
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
35th Elected in 1857.
Retired.
William E. Simms Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
36th Elected in 1859.
Lost re-election.
 
John J. Crittenden
Unionist March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
37th Elected in 1861.
Renominated but withdrew prior to election.
 
William H. Randall
Unconditional Unionist March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
38th
39th
Elected in 1863.
Re-elected in 1865.
Retired.
1863–1873
[data unknown/missing]
 
George M. Adams
Democratic March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1873
40th
41st
42nd
Elected in 1867.
Re-elected in 1868.
Re-elected in 1870.
Redistricted to the 9th district.
 
Milton J. Durham
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
43rd
44th
45th
Elected in 1872.
Re-elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Lost renomination.
1873–1883
[data unknown/missing]
 
Philip B. Thompson Jr.
Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1885
46th
47th
48th
Elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Re-elected in 1882.
Retired.
1883–1893
[data unknown/missing]
 
James B. McCreary
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1897
49th
50th
51st
52nd
53rd
54th
Elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Re-elected in 1890.
Re-elected in 1892.
Re-elected in 1894.
Lost renomination.
1893–1903
[data unknown/missing]
 
George M. Davison
Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
55th Elected in 1896.
Lost re-election.
 
George G. Gilbert
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1907
56th
57th
58th
59th
Elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Retired.
1903–1913
[data unknown/missing]
Harvey Helm Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1919
60th
61st
62nd
63rd
64th
65th
Elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Re-elected in 1912.
Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918 but died before next term began.
1913–1923
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant March 3, 1919 –
August 1, 1919
66th
 
King Swope
Republican August 1, 1919 –
March 3, 1921
66th Elected to finish Helm's term.
Lost re-election.
 
Ralph W. E. Gilbert
Democratic March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1929
67th
68th
69th
70th
Elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Lost re-election.
1923–1933
[data unknown/missing]
 
Lewis L. Walker
Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1931
71st Elected in 1928.
Retired.
 
Ralph W. E. Gilbert
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
March 3, 1933
72nd Elected in 1930.
Retired.
District not in use March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1935
73rd
 
Fred M. Vinson
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
May 27, 1938
74th
75th
Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Resigned to become Associate Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
1935–1943
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant May 27, 1938 –
June 4, 1938
66th
 
Joe B. Bates
Democratic June 4, 1938 –
January 3, 1953
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
Elected to finish Vinson's term.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Lost renomination.
1943–1953
[data unknown/missing]
 
James S. Golden
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1955
83rd Redistricted from the 9th district and re-elected in 1952.
Retired.
1953–1963
[data unknown/missing]
 
Eugene Siler
Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
84th
85th
86th
87th
Elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
District eliminated January 3, 1963

ReferencesEdit

  • 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

Coordinates: 36°50′N 84°00′W / 36.833°N 84.000°W / 36.833; -84.000