Author: Elizabeth Rouse Fielder
Hardcover: 384 pages
Product Dimensions: 6” x 9”
Retail Price: $29.95
Kentucky's Joseph C.S. Blackburn Soldier, Statesman and a Friend of All is the story of Joseph C.S. Blackburn, a young lawyer who was graced by Lincoln’s help in Illinois, but who turned against Lincoln when he became a Confederate officer in the Civil War. He survived the war to continue his law practice in Arkansas and then Kentucky where he finally began his extensive political career. Fittingly, he concluded his life honoring President Lincoln.
Blackburn’s political career began when he served in the Kentucky State House of Representatives from 1871-1875, the United States House of Representatives from 1875-1885, and the United States Senate, from 1885-1897 and 1901-1907. In total, he dedicated forty-seven years to political service, including eighteen as the U.S. Senator from Kentucky.
Joseph C.S. Blackburn gained national attention when he revealed corruption in Grant’s Administration while serving in the U.S. House. He expanded his work in the U.S. Senate where he wrote the Organic Act creating the form of government for Washington, D.C. In 1896, he was considered for nomination as the Democratic U.S. Presidential candidate and in 1906-1907 he served as the powerful Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. President Teddy Roosevelt appointed him the first Governor of the Panama Canal Zone, that was followed by his last appointment as the Special Resident Commissioner of the Lincoln Memorial.
Joseph C.S. Blackburn was recognized with tributes across the nation that include: Mount Blackburn in Alaska, the fifth highest peak in the United States; the town of Blackburn, Oklahoma; the Joseph Blackburn Bridge in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; and the Liberty ship USS Joe C.S. Blackburn.
Written by Blackburn’s great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Rouse Fielder, Kentucky’s Joseph C.S. Blackburn, tells the story of one of the Commonwealth’s most important sons of the late 19th century, whose influence helped shaped America, including the development of the Panama Canal and the construction of the Lincoln Memorial.
Blackburn died on September 12, 1918 and is buried in Frankfort, Kentucky. His simple tombstone reads, “He passed through life a friend to all.”
About the Author
Elizabeth Rouse Fielder is the great-great-granddaughter of United States Senator Joseph C.S. Blackburn of Kentucky. Growing up she heard countless first-hand accounts of the Senator’s life from her grandmother Terese Blackburn Lane Rouse who was raised by the Senator. Ms. Fielder wrote this book as a way to get to know the Senator and honor his legacy.
Ms. Fielder is an attorney and author who has written a number of articles about Joseph C.S. Blackburn. She is currently working on a non-fiction book about Blackburn’s legacy as the first Governor of the Panama Canal Zone and a historical fiction book based on the Blackburn family. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, Tom.
“This very detailed ‘life and times’ biography of J.C.S. Blackburn represents the first full study of a man who served his state and his country as representative, senator, party leader, governor of the Panama Canal Zone, and more. A superb orator, he spoke for the postwar Democracy in the commonwealth and gained national fame as a result. A book on Blackburn is long overdue.”
—James C. Klotter, The State Historian of Kentucky and Professor of History, Georgetown College
“What a beautiful publishing job – it’s a gorgeous book….It is a beautiful book and beautifully written – plus I’m finding out a lot of things that I did not know and that is always a good thing.”
“One of the things that impresses me so about some of the information you have dug out is the character of so many of the men who were in government in those early years. Even the goofy ones were classy. We used to have statesmen, now all we have is politicians.”
“I am really enjoying this book. I especially like the Breckinridge speech…of all the Blackburn quotes in the book.”
“Wow!....I am a couple of chapters into it and it is SO GOOD. The writing and the story both!! Thanks.”
“Certain that Senator Blackburn is most proud of his great-great-granddaughter. And to call your book GRAND is just not enough!”
“The book [is so] incredibly researched and written! I love your book…and it is a true honor to have my name in it!”
“The holiday season came early when a book we’ve anxiously awaited arrived! The life of Joseph Blackburn is deeply interwoven into Kentucky and American history. Written by our good friend, Elizabeth Fielder, the great-great-granddaughter of Senator Blackburn, this new release tells the story of one of Kentucky’s most important sons of the late 19th century.”
“WoW!! Today we got our very own autographed copy of Elizabeth’s book!!!....Your great, great must have been quite a figure in the state. The research must have been trying and exhilarating too. Cannot even imagine the thrill of discovery in your search. Then putting everything together…Well, I am IMPRESSED.”
“Thanks for the superb book written about Senator Blackburn.”
“Enjoying your book now! Had some in front of it when it came, great read for a history enthusiast!”
“Really enjoyed it.”
“A great Author.”
"I recommend you check out this well crafted biography by Elizabeth Fielder.”
Missy R. –
“Just wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying your book. Also, I’m
enjoying hearing about some of our local place names and their
“I finally finished your book – what an incredible job you did! Somehow you managed to infuse it with a warmth I have seldom experienced in a work of nonfiction. And you were, of course, writing about a pretty incredible guy.”
“I have started your book – I like the chapter pacing – enjoying the tidbits! Elizabeth – definitely do the novel too!”
Dr. N. F.
“Dear Elizabeth, I just finished your book on Jo Blackburn. You did a beautiful job on a very worthy man.”
Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.