Joseph Hamilton Daveiss

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On this day in 1811, the county’s namesake, Joseph Hamilton Daveiss was killed by Indians in the Battle of Tippecanoe. By a typing mistake in enrolling the bill to create the county, the name was spelled “Daviess” and stuck. He was born in 1774 in Virginia, admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1795, and was US District Attorney for Kentucky. …

Dudley “Mush” Morton

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On this day in 1943, Owensboro-native and commander of the submarine USS Wahoo(SS-238), “Mush” Morton goes down with his ship near the Japanese island of Hokkaido. He was the commander of this submarine on it’s 3rd and 7th patrols. Initially, he was assigned the highly dangerous task of penetrating the Sea of Japan and was reported ‘missing in action’ in …