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John Pope

In office
March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1813
Preceded by Henry Clay
Succeeded by Jesse Bledsoe

In office
March 9, 1829 – March 9, 1835
President Andrew Jackson
Preceded by George Izard
Succeeded by William Savin Fulton

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Benjamin Hardin
Succeeded by William Thomasson

Born 1770 (1770)
Prince William County, Virginia
Died July 12, 1845 (1845-07-13)
Springfield, Kentucky
Political party Democratic-Republican (as Senator)
Democratic (as Governor)
Whig (as Representative)

John Pope (1770 - July 12, 1845) was a United States Senator from Kentucky, a member of the United States House of Representatives from Kentucky, Secretary of State of Kentucky, and Governor of Arkansas Territory.

John Pope was born in Prince William County, Virginia in 1770. He lost his arm during his youth and was known as "One-arm Pope". He studied law and moved to Springfield, Kentucky where he was admitted to the bar. He practiced law in Washington, Shelby, and Fayette County, Kentucky. He was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1802 and served again in 1806 and 1807.

Pope was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, serving from 1807 to 1813, and served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Eleventh Congress. He also served as a member of the Kentucky Senate from 1825 to 1829, and was elected three times as a Whig to the United States House of Representatives serving Kentucky's District 7 between 1837 and 1843.

From 1829 to 1835 he served as the Governor of Arkansas Territory. During his term as governor he arranged for the construction of the Old State House which remains the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River.

Pope was married to the sister-in-law of President John Quincy Adams. He was also the brother of Nathaniel Pope, a prominent figure in early Illinois Territory, and the uncle to both John Pope, Union General in the Civil War and Daniel Pope Cook, another prominent politician in the early history of the state of Illinois.

John Pope died in Springfield, Kentucky, and is buried in the Springfield Cemetery. Pope County, Arkansas is named for John Pope.

United States Senate
Preceded by
Henry Clay
United States Senator (Class 3) from Kentucky
Served alongside: Buckner Thruston, Henry Clay, George M. Bibb
Succeeded by
Jesse Bledsoe
Political offices
Preceded by
John Gaillard
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
February 23, 1811 - November 3, 1811
Succeeded by
William H. Crawford
Preceded by
Robert Crittenden
Territorial Governor of Arkansas
1829 - 1835
Succeeded by
William Savin Fulton
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Hardin
United States Representative (district 7) from Kentucky
1837 - 1843
Succeeded by
William Thomasson




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