Lawrence S. Trimble

Lawrence S. Trimble
A heavy-set, white-haired man with a beard and mustache, facing right. He is wearing a white shirt and black jacket
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1865  March 3, 1871
Preceded by Lucien Anderson
Succeeded by Edward Crossland
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born Lawrence Strother Trimble
(1825-08-26)August 26, 1825
Fleming County, Kentucky
Died August 9, 1904(1904-08-09) (aged 78)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Resting place Fairview Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Profession Lawyer
Railroad executive
State legislator

Lawrence Strother Trimble (26 August 1825 9 August 1904) was a United States congressman from Kentucky, a Kentucky judge, and New Mexican politician and lawyer.

Trimble was born in Fleming County, Kentucky to the farming family of James and Harriet (Triplett) Trimble.[1] He completed preparatory studies and later studied law there, and was admitted to the bar there at the age of 22. In 1847, he moved to Paducah, opened a law practice and entered politics.[1] He served as a representative in Kentucky's legislature from 1851 to 1853.[2] Trimble was a slave-holder up to the Civil War.[3] He was elected as a judge for the equity and criminal court in the First Judicial District of Kentucky in 1856 and served until 1860.[4] From 1860 until 1865 he was president of the New Orleans & Ohio Railroad Company.[2]

Trimble served three consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1865 to 1870 as a Democrat for the 1st Congressional District of Kentucky.[5] He was one of the 47 representatives who voted against the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in 1868.[6] In 1870, he failed to receive the Democratic party nomination from his district for congress.

In 1879, Trimble moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he continued the practice of law and again entered politics. He was the only Democrat elected to the New Mexico Constitutional Convention of 1889 where he represented Bernalillo County and gave the opening address.[7] After the convention he retired to his ranch. Trimble died in Albuquerque, August 9, 1904 and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery off of Yale Boulevard.[8]


  1. 1 2 Levin, Henry (1897) "Lawrence S. Trimble" The Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, p. 413 OCLC 4627838, reprinted 1982 by Southern Historical Press, Easley, S.C.
  2. 1 2 Lanman, Charles (1876) "Trimble, Lawrence S." Biographical annals of the civil government of the United States, during its first century. From original and official sources J. Anglim, Washington D.C., p. 431 OCLC 420698
  3. "L.S. Trimble household" 1860 U.S. Census, McCracken County, Kentucky, population schedule, District 2, Paducah Post Office, page 97, dwelling 672, family 674; Slave Inhabitant Schedules, District 2, McCracken County, Kentucky, p. 14; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 383
  4. Judges of Equity and Criminal Court.--The Equity and Criminal Court of Calloway County was established Sep 1, 1856, with Lawrence S. Trimble as judge. He served until March, 1860, at which time he was succeeded by Hon. J.M. Bigger, who served until the court was abolished, August, 1861 Battle, J. H.; Perrin, William Henry and Kniffin, G. C. (1885) "The Purchase-Calloway County " Kentucky: History of the State, embracing a concise account of the origin and development of the Virginia colony; its expansion westward, and the settlement of the frontier beyond the Alleghanies; the erection of Kentucky as an independent state, and its subsequent development F.A. Battey Publishing Co., Louisville, Ky., OCLC 2999491, reprinted in 1979 by the Southern Historical Press, Easley S.C.
  5. United States Congress. "TRIMBLE, Lawrence Strother (id: T000375)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  6. U.S. (1868) House Journal 40th Congress, 2d, session, p. 392
  7. Journal of the Constitutional Convention, Territory of New Mexico, N.M. Territorial Archives (Microfilm edition, 1974) roll 138.
  8. Staff (15 August 1904) "Trimble Funeral A Notable Event" The Albuquerque Morning Journal p. 6
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lucien Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1865 March 3, 1871
Succeeded by
Edward Crossland
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 8/1/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.