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“Put Me in Class with the Widow Who Gave the Mite”

Kolan Thomas Morelock

in Taking the Town

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125046
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125046.003.0003
“Put Me in Class with the Widow Who Gave the Mite”

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Attorney Joseph Tanner, who served as Lexington's Democratic city treasurer, ran for reelection in that position in February 1884. Tanner's first seat in city government was acquired in 1881. During that period, Dennis Mulligan, Lexington's political boss, was disappointed as Claud M. Johnson again won as mayor. Mulligan's power was then passed on to William Klair, one of Tanner's good friends. Tanner's loss in 1884 signified the beginning of the decline of his professional life as an attorney as well. During the Progressive Era, Tanner left the legal profession to pursue real estate, and this move was found to be in favor of government bureaucracy since he became the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) storekeeper-gauger. This chapter explores various aspects of Tanner's life, particularly his contributions as a Gilded Age Lexingtonian.

Keywords: Gilded Age; Lexington; legal profession; government bureaucracy; Joseph Tanner

Chapter.  8579 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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