Thomas C. McCreery

Thomas Clay McCreery (December 12, 1816 – July 10, 1890) was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Kentucky.

Thomas Clay McCreery
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United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
February 19, 1868 – March 4, 1871
Preceded byJames Guthrie
Succeeded byJohn W. Stevenson
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 4, 1879
Preceded byWillis B. Machen
Succeeded byJohn S. Williams
Personal details
Born(1816-12-12)December 12, 1816
Owensboro, Kentucky
DiedJuly 10, 1890(1890-07-10) (aged 73)
Owensboro, Kentucky
Political partyDemocratic

Born at Yelvington, Kentucky,[1] McCreery graduated from Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky, in 1837. He studied law, passed the bar, and commenced practice in Frankfort, Kentucky. He then returned to Owensboro and engaged in literary pursuits.

He ran unsuccessfully for election in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress, and again in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress. He served as a presidential elector on the Democratic tickets in 1852, 1856, and 1860. He was finally elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Guthrie, and served from February 19, 1868, to March 3, 1871. However, McCreery faced many accusations by then-Governor John W. Stevenson, of helping hated former Union General Steven G. Burbridge obtain a position as revenue collector,[2][3] and lost to Stevenson in the following election. McCreery was again elected to the United States Senate in 1872 and served from March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1879, when he declined to be a candidate for reelection. He retired from public life and lived on his farm in Daviess County, Kentucky, and moved back to Owensboro, where he died and was interred in Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ Hugh O. Potter's History of Owensboro and Daviess County, Kentucky, pp.182, Herff Jones-Paragon Publishing, Montgomery, Alabama and Louisville, KY, 1974
  2. ^ Owen, Tom (2004). "John White Stevenson" in Harrison, Lowell H. Kentucky's Governors (Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2004) p. 100
  3. ^ Tapp, Hambleton; James C. Klotter, Kentucky: Decades of Discord, 1865–1900 (Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2007), p. 380.
  4. ^
    • United States Congress. "Thomas C. McCreery (id: M000385)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from Kentucky
Served alongside: Garrett Davis
Succeeded by
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 3) from Kentucky
Served alongside: John W. Stevenson, James B. Beck
Succeeded by