Carlisle, John Griffin

Carlisle, John Griffin

(1835–1910) U.S. representative/senator, cabinet officer; born in Kenton County, Ky. A self-educated lawyer, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (Dem., Ky.; 1877–90). He served as Speaker of the House (1883–90) before being appointed to the U.S. Senate (1890–93). He served as secretary of the treasury (1893–97) under President Grover Cleveland. A renowned orator, he was so outspoken in support for free trade and "sound money" that he antagonized his fellow Kentuckians, so he spent his last years practicing law in New York City.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.