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SOURCES: Congressman J.C. Cantrill Collection, assorted papers belonging to Dr. J.C. Cantrill, Georgetown. Bevins, Ann Bolton. A History of Scott County As Told By Selected Buildings. Georgetown, 1981.

 

Seventy years ago Georgetown and thirty-five other Kentucky towns were on the verge of getting all sorts of appropriations for public buildings and post offices, thanks for the pecuniary promises from Washington going to the credit of a Democratic Congressman who had in April 1911 secured a seat on the important Committee on Claims.

That Congressman was from Georgetown, and the federal building to be erected here was to be of a special sort. The story of the Georgetown Post Office deserves an honored spot in the history of well-earned political plums.

For Congressman James Campbell Cantrill was in one of his crest riding phases. People from all over the state had been involved in his and Senator Ollie James' Civil War Omnibus Claims Bill which provided funds to persons, churches, and schools whose property had been damaged during the Civil War by federal troops.

Cantrill had proved to Kentuckians that he meant it when he said on April 1, 1911, on being appointed by "Uncle Joe" Cannon to the claims committee, that his appointment had come at his own request "so that I can take care of Kentuckians who for years have been unable to get the government both to build up its holdings in our communities and to pay its wartime debts.”  [Read more]