Richard Hawes Jr. was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and the second Confederate Governor of Kentucky. He was part of the politically influential Hawes family. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Hawes fled to Virginia and enlisted as a brigade commissary under Confederate general Humphrey Marshall. He and the Confederate government traveled with Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee.
About Richard Hawes in brief
Richard Hawes Jr. was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky and the second Confederate Governor of Kentucky. He was part of the politically influential Hawes family. His brother, uncle, and cousin also served as U. S. Representatives, and his grandson Harry B. Hawes was a member of the United States Senate. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Hawes fled to Virginia and enlisted as a brigade commissary under Confederate general Humphrey Marshall. When Kentucky’s Confederate government was formed in Russellville, he was selected to be Confederate governor of the Commonwealth following George W. Johnson’s death at the Battle of Shiloh. He and the Confederate government traveled with Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee, and when Bragg invaded Kentucky in October 1862, he captured Frankfort and held an inauguration ceremony for Hawes. The ceremony was interrupted, however, by forces under Union general Don Carlos Buell, and the Confederates were driven from the Commonwealth. At end of the war, the Confederategovernment of Kentucky in exile ceased to exist, and Hawes returned to his home in Paris, Kentucky.
In 1877 he was elected county judge of Bourbon County, a post he held until his death in 1877. The Haweses were a political family; Richard’s brother, Albert Gallatin Hawes, nephew, Aylett Hawes,. and cousin, Alett Hawe Buckner, all served in the U. S. House of Representatives. He died in Paris in 1883, and was buried at the University of Kentucky’s College of Arts and Sciences in Lexington. He is survived by his wife, Hetty Morrison Nicholas, and their daughter, Hettty Morrison Hawes-Nicholas, who was born in Lexington in 1818. He had 11 children, all of whom were born in Fayette County, Kentucky, and later moved to Winchester, Kentucky in 1824. He served as a Whig in the Kentucky House of Reps. from 1828 to 1841. He supported the idea of armed neutrality, instead of secession, in May 1861, at a convention to decide Kentucky’s course in the Civil war. In July 1861, he denounced the coercion of states to remain in the Union and called for an end to the Confederate States of America as a sovereign nation.