Blackburn, Luke P.
|Birthname||Luke Pryor Blackburn|
|born on||16 June 1816 at 04:45 (= 04:45 AM )|
|Place||Woodford Village, Kentucky, 38n03, 84w44|
|Timezone||LMT m84w44 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||25°03' 09°48 Asc. 25°59'|
American physician, philanthropist, and politician from Kentucky. He was elected the 28th governor of Kentucky, serving from 1879 to 1883. Until the election of Ernie Fletcher in 2003, Blackburn was the only physician to serve as governor of Kentucky. After earning a medical degree at Transylvania University, Blackburn moved to Natchez, Mississippi, and gained national fame for implementing the first successful quarantine against yellow fever in the Mississippi River valley in 1848. He came to be regarded as an expert on yellow fever and often worked pro bono to combat outbreaks. Among his philanthropic ventures was the construction of a hospital for boatmen working on the Mississippi River using his personal funds. He later successfully lobbied Congress to construct a series of similar hospitals along the Mississippi. He died on September 14, 1887.
Sy Scholfield quotes Nancy Disher Baird's book, "Luke Pryor Blackburn, Physician, Governor, Reformer" (1979), p. 2: "Luke, the fourth of their thirteen children, was born at sunrise on June 16, 1816. Blackburn grew to maturity on the family's large Woodford County farm."
- Vocation : Medical : Physician
- Vocation : Politics : Public office