The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 197
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Joseph Eve, U. S. Charge d'Affaires to Texas
and Elizabeth (Jennings) Ballinger's three children, Betsy With-
ers, became the wife of Joseph Eve. Joseph Eve had no children.
Eve tells us that at an early age he was thrown upon his own
resources, and, like many individuals of his day, he decided to
go West to seek his fortune in Kentucky, but when he went is
not known. lie was certainly in Kentucky by 1807, for in that
year he appears for the first time on the tax records of Knox
County. In the following year he received a land grant of three
hundred acres in Knox County, fronting upon Spruce Creek. Dur-
ing the next fifteen years he obtained ten additional grants in
Knox County as well as several others in Livingston, Clay, and
Whitley Counties. Joseph's brother, Benjamin Eve, also owned
land in Knox County, and the Kentucky land grant records show
that a Milton Eve took a Kentucky land warrant for fifty acres
in Knox County in 1819. Between 1845 and 1867 a John G. Eve
was given thirty-two grants of land in the same county, and in
the two-year period (1844-46) Arch Eve and Achilles Eve had
taken up land in Knox County.
After studying law and early having taken an interest in local
politics, Joseph Eve was elected to the Kentucky House of Repre-
sentatives from Knox County for the years 1810, 1811, and 1815.
In the meantime, the War of 1812 had been fought, during which
Eve took an active part and was elevated to the rank of Colonel.
After the war, beginning in 1817, he represented his county in
the state senate for four years. Despite the fact that he was
always skeptical of banks, we find that in 1819 he was president
of the Bank of Barbourville, but how long he held this position
we are unable to say. For a number of years he served as a circuit
judge in Kentucky.
In the presidential campaign of 1832 Eve was nominated and
elected a presidential elector for Kentucky on the National Repub-
lican ticket, and cast his vote in favor of Henry Clay. In both
state and national politics he sponsored internal improvements, a
high tariff for the protection of home industry, and favored a
national bank, not because he liked banks, which he regarded as
unjust monopolies, but because he considered them, despite their
corrupt practices, to be essential to the conduct of commercial
intercourse. He opposed the new court party in Kentucky. In
the two succeeding presidential campaigns he was very active in
behalf of the Whig cause, and, as a result of the successful elec-
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