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South Trimble (April 13, 1864 – November 23, 1946) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky. He was a prominent member of the famed South–Cockrell–Hargis-Trimble family of Southern politicians.

South Trimble
A balding man wearing a black jacket, vest, and tie, and white shirt, seated, leaning his left elbow on a table and his face against his extended left index finger
27th and 29th Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
In office
April 4, 1911 – May 18, 1919
December 7, 1931 – November 23, 1946
Preceded byAlexander McDowell
William Tyler Page
Succeeded byWilliam Tyler Page
John Andrews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1907
Preceded byJune Ward Gayle
Succeeded byWilliam P. Kimball
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1864-04-13)April 13, 1864
Wolfe County, Kentucky
DiedNovember 23, 1946(1946-11-23) (aged 82)
Washington, D. C.
Resting placeFrankfort Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic


Born near Hazel Green, Kentucky, to Asberry Trimble who was killed by his brother in law, Edward Hensley as he was putting his slaves to work at the Trimble Tannery during the Civil War on October 15, 1864. Trimble's mother bought and moved to a Franklin County home where he attended the public schools of Frankfort and Excelsior Institute. He engaged in agricultural pursuits near Frankfort, Kentucky. He served as a member of the Kentucky house of representatives 1898-1900, serving as speaker in 1900.

Trimble was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1907). He did not seek renomination in 1906, and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. He was Clerk of the United States House of Representatives from April 4, 1911, to May 18, 1919.

He retired from public life and operated a plantation near Selma, Alabama. He again served as Clerk of the House of Representatives from December 7, 1931, until his death in Washington, D.C., November 23, 1946. He was interred in Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky.


  • United States Congress. "South Trimble (id: T000376)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
June W. Gayle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
William P. Kimball
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Alexander McDowell
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
Succeeded by
William Tyler Page
Cultural offices
Preceded by
William Tyler Page
Clerk of the United States House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Harry Newlin Megill

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