KHS Historical Marker Highlights Achievements of Marshall County Education Pioneer  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2013) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker to honor Henry H. Lovett Sr. at 9 a.m. CDT., Monday, Sept. 16, on KY 353 at H. H. Lovett Park in Benton.

Born in 1882 near Jonathan Creek, Lovett graduated from Southern Normal School (now Western Kentucky University) in 1902. After teaching in rural districts, he was elected head of the Benton schools in 1905. Four years later he helped establish Benton High School, the first high school in Marshall County. He was the first superintendent in the state to have his curriculum approved by the Kentucky Department of Education

Lovett later became an attorney and was active in the Kentucky Bar Association. He was appointed the first circuit judge of the 42nd District in 1954 and served until 1958. He also served as county judge and commonwealth’s attorney.

Lovett donated the land for the Benton city park, which was named in his honor, and was active in preserving Big Singing Day, one of the oldest, indigenous musical traditions in the United States (started in 1884).

He died in 1971 and is buried in the Benton Cemetery.

The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through on-the-spot history lessons that make a connection between the history, communities and items housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. The program makes Kentucky’s history accessible to the public, not just on markers along the state’s roadways, but also online at www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available free at iTunes and Google Play.

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or


An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history by providing connections to the past, perspective on the present and inspiration for the future. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



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