Kehoe Viaduct

The construction of the Kehoe Viaduct played a major role in the development of the city of Maysville. Its completion provided a vital link between downtown Maysville and the east end of Maysville via Forest Avenue.

Maysville – October 25, 1940

“We are gathered here to do honor to a great Kentuckian, but nothing we can say would be appropriate. The name and memory of James N. Kehoe will live as long in the hearts and memory of the people of Maysville and Mason County as that plaque which bears perpetual testimony to your esteem of him as well as that of the people of Kentucky.
I have known Jim Kehoe for a great many years and I am well acquained, as you are, of his great record of public service.”

Honorable Keene Johnson, Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky

The Man Being Honored was James Nicholas Kehoe

Born in Maysville, Mason County, Ky., July 15, 1862; attended public and private schools; engaged in the printing business until 1884; studied law in Louisville, Ky.; was admitted to the bar November 1, 1888, and engaged in practice in Maysville; served as precinct, county, and district chairman of the Democratic executive committee; city attorney of Maysville; master in chancery of the Mason County Circuit Court; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1905); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; engaged in banking; vice president of the Ohio Valley Improvement Association and of the Burley Tobacco Growers’ Cooperation Association; president of the Kentucky Bankers’ Association; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 16, 1945; interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville, Ky.

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