Kinkead, George B.

Born: 1811-09-25 Woodford County, Kentucky

Died: 1877-11-11 Lexington, Kentucky

George B. Kinkead was an attorney, professor, public servant, Whig, Democrat, and Presbyterian. He attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, graduated second in his class in 1830, and began reading law. He started practicing law in Paris, Kentucky in 1833, then practiced in Versailles, Kentucky from 1837 to 1845. In 1838, he was appointed commonwealth’s attorney, a position he held for four years. In 1845, he returned to Lexington and, the next year, married Eliza Pearce. They eventually had at least eight children together. He was appointed Kentucky's secretary of state in 1847, and later served as a professor in Transylvania University's Law College. By 1850, he owned $15,000 in real property.

The Biographical Encyclopædia of Kentucky of the Dead and Living Men of the Nineteenth Century (Cincinnati: J. M. Armstrong, 1878), 163; William Henry Perrin, ed., History of Fayette County, Kentucky (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1882), 291, 350; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Fayette County, KY, 198; U.S. Census Office, Ninth Census of the United States (1870), Lexington, Fayette County, KY, 80; Gravestone, The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, KY.