Controversy dogged the administration of Joseph Desha, the eighth person and fourth general elected to serve as Kentucky Governor. Desha served six consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and served as a major general in the War of 1812 prior to becoming Governor.
After being defeated in 1820, Desha was elected Governor in 1824 on a platform of “debtor relief”. His debtor relief plan was passed by the KY General Assembly but was blocked by the Court of Appeals. As a result, he attempted to abolish the Court of Appeals by creating another Court.
Another controversy involved Desha’s son Isaac. Isaac Desha a resident of
In 1826, Isaac Desha was tried again and convicted a second time. Rather than see his son hang, Governor Desha used his pardon power to pardon his son. An act for which he was roundly criticized and probably ruined his political career.
Following his service as governor, he retired to his farm in