Assassinated Judge Gets Portrait In State Capitol

Aug 28, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A judge assassinated while serving on Kentucky's highest court more than a century ago has been memorialized with a portrait in the Capitol.

Judge John Elliott was gunned down in Frankfort in 1879 by a man upset about a ruling he had written for the Court of Appeals, which at the time was Kentucky's highest court.

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham said history records that Elliott was walking from the former Capitol to the Capitol Hotel in downtown Frankfort when Thomas Buford stepped up to him with a loaded shotgun and fired.

Cunningham said the painting of Elliott, the only Kentucky high court judge ever assassinated, was long overdue. The painting hangs just outside the Supreme Court chambers on the second floor of the Capitol.