A classified-style listing (for sale by owner) on eBay offers the former home of Governor John J. Crittenden (1787-1863). Crittenden was not just a prominent figure in Kentucky; he was also a nationally-known politician during the antebellum era. In addition to being Kentucky’s 17th governor, John Crittenden represented Kentucky in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and twice served as United States Attorney General (under William Henry Harrison and Millard Fillmore), and was “frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for the U.S. presidency,” though he never did choose to run for the office. The house now listed for sale is located in Russellville, Kentucky and was the Crittenden’s family home from 1811 to 1818.
Offered at $239,000, the yellow Federal style home flashes nice curb appeal on the outside, and 3,500 sqft of elegant-looking living space on the inside. It has unique construction, having been built half timber frame (1809 portion) and half brick (1820 portion) — the latter apparently “post-Crittenden.” The owner’s eBay listing explains that Crittenden “lived in the home with his family from 1811 to 1818. During this time four of the seven Crittenden children would be born in the home which included, Thomas L Crittenden and George Bibb Crittenden. In 1849 Thomas Crittenden was appointed by President Zachary Taylor as consul at Liverpool. Eleven years later Thomas would be promoted to Major General in the Union Army, distinguishing himself at Shiloh and Chickamauga. George Crittenden, also a military officer would serve as a Brigadier General in the Condfederate Army. The home has a plaque out in front that was placed there by the state of Kentucky with information about John Crittenden. There will soon be another plaque in front of the home regarding it’s connection with the Civil War.”
If the b&w portrait of Crittenden (above) didn’t scare you too much, check out the full listing (with more pictures) for his old abode here (on eBay).