Richard Taylor Jacob
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1825
Date of Death: 1903
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician, Soldier, Judge
Spouse: Sarah Benton (d. 1863),
Laura Wilson
Children: Nine
Relatives: John C. Frémont (brother-in-law)
Military Branch: United States Army (Mexican-American War),

Army (American Civil War)

Political Party: Democratic Party,
Republican Party
Political Office(s): Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct (unnamed)
Military Branch: Union Army (Second American Revolution)

Richard Taylor Jacob (March 13, 1825 – September 13, 1903) was an American attorney and politician, elected as 17th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1863–4). Although a slaveholder, he was loyal to the Union during the American Civil War, raising the 9th Kentucky Cavalry for its defense.

Due to his supporting the Democratic Party candidacy of George McClellan for the presidency in 1864, in addition to other differences, Kentucky Governor Thomas Bramlette ordered Jacob arrested by the Union commander Stephen Burbridge, removed from office, and expelled from the state during the war, sending him to Richmond, Virginia. Jacob appealed to President Abraham Lincoln and was allowed to return to Kentucky.

The lieutenant governorship remained vacant until the election of 1867. In his later years, Jacob became a judge, joined the Republican Party, and served as Louisville parks commissioner.

Richard Taylor Jacob in The Guns of the South[]

The Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky led a contrite delegation to Robert E. Lee just after the latter had survived an assassination attempt in Louisville in early 1865. The delegates told Lee that he should not deem it in any way reflective of how true Kentuckians felt about Lee or the Confederacy, and continued making similar pronouncements. All the while, Lee wished they would leave so he could eat his ham and eggs.[1]

Literary comment[]

While the Lieutenant Governor isn't named, it is reasonable to assume that in this timeline Jacob's removal from office was averted.


Political offices
Preceded by
Vacant since 1859, last was Linn Boyd
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Vacant until 1867, next is John W. Stevenson
Political offices
(The Guns of the South)
Preceded by
Vacant since 1859, last was Linn Boyd
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Succeeded by