Gamaliel, KY


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Gamaliel is a city in Monroe County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 439 at the 2000 census.
Around 1836, James Crawford and John Hayes saw that a town was springing up and donated ten acres of land, at a point where their farms met, to be used for educational and religious purposes. On this property a building was erected and use for school and church, and in 1844 a cemetery was added. In making the grant they stipulated that seven trustees should be appointed to administer this property along the lines provided by the donors. The original trustees were William Crawford, Maston Comer, John Hayes, Robert Welch, James Crawford, Jr., Charles Browning, Jr. and John Meador. This act of incorporation was passed by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky on December 19, 1840.
Samuel DeWitt, local preacher & teacher, said Gamaliel was a good bible name and this was a good village and the town took the name that he suggested. His reference to Gamaliel mentioned in The Holy Bible, Acts 5:34. Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;