National Geographic : 1950 Feb
Joe Mitchell from Paducah Sun-Democrat All Paducah Turned Out to Greet Home-town Vice Presidential Nominee, Alben Barkley Over 4,000 thronged the streets to see Governor Earle C. Clements and Paducah leaders pay honor to the Kentucky statesman upon his return from the Democratic Convention on July 19, 1948. A native of the Bluegrass State, Mr. Barkley was sent to Congress in 1913 as a Representative from Kentucky's First District. In 1927 he was elected to the Senate and began the first of four successive terms. William H. McGuffey wrote several of his long popular McGuffey's Readers. Alice and Phoebe Cary, writers of spindle-legged verse, came from an old Cincinnati family. Lafcadio Hearn, George Randolph Chester, Thomas Buchanan Read (who wrote Sheridan's Ride), and Washington McLean of Enquirer fame all lived and wrote here. Two good Ohio River books, Flowing South and Sycamore Shores, were written by Clark B. Firestone of the Cincinnati Times-Star. "From canoe and flatboat to steamboat times," Mr. Firestone told me, "home seekers by thousands floated down this river. Some settled on lands along the Ohio, some went on down the Mississippi; still others went up that big river and on up the Missouri, from whence many took the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails to the Southwest and the Pacific coast." George Rogers Clark went down the Ohio and up the Wabash with his Virginians, to help gain for our Union the whole vast North west Territory. Nine Presidents of the United States have come from the Ohio Valley, five from the Cincinnati area. To a singular degree this now thickly populated Ohio Basin has influenced our Nation's social and political thinking and growth.