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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 8a by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JUDGE ALFRED THRUSTON POPE was born July 22, 1842, on Jefferson street, between Sixth and Seventh streets, Louisville, Ky., in the house where his grandfather and other members of the family first suggested Gen. Jackson for the Presidency. He was reared at his father’s country place, which commands a beautiful view of the Ohio River and is situated three miles west of Louisville.

He was educated at Bethany College and Indiana University; graduated at the Louisville Law School under Chancellors Logan and Pirtle and Judge Bullock; was admitted to the bar before attaining his majority, speedily acquired a lucrative practice and took high rank in his profession. In 1867, three years after graduation, he was unanimously chosen as the orator and delivered the Alumni address of the Law School. He was elected without opposition a member of the General Council of Louisville, and, declining a re-election, was nominated in 1869 by the Democrats for the Legislature, to which, after an exciting and interesting canvass, he was elected over the Hon. Lewis M. Dembitz. The following year he was elected without a dissenting voice by the delegates to the State convention as elector for the Congressional District, which embraced the City of Louisville and the counties of Jefferson, Henry, Oldham and Owen, and his speeches in that canvass enhanced his reputation. In 1871 he was unanimously elected to a seat in the Kentucky Senate. After two years’ service in the Senate, which merited and received the approval of his constituents, and where, although the youngest member of that body, being barely eligible when elected, he served upon the most important committees, and took position with the oldest and most influential members. His repugnance, however, for politics and political methods and his aversion to public office was so intense that he resigned an unexpired term of two years in the Senate and returned at once to the practice of the law.

Judge Pope has always taken a warm interest in all matters pertaining to the educational interests of the city, serving as a trustee of the Louisville Public Schools, of the Kentucky School for the Blind, and in other like capacities. In 1878, at the age of thirty-six, his friends announced him as a candidate for the Louisville Law and Equity Court, and although his opponent was a most worthy and popular gentleman of mature years, then holding an office of the greatest political power and patronage under the City government and who is now serving a second term as Chancellor of the Louisville Chancery Court, Judge Pope was elected. At the time of his election he was the youngest Chancellor who ever sat upon the bench in Kentucky. He discharged each and every duty of the high position with unquestioned probity, courage and ability for a period of four years, when, being upon a prolonged tour on the Continent with his family, he resigned the unexpired term of two years, and also retired from the practice of law.

Judge Pope being no longer in public life, is quietly enjoying that domesticity congenial to his tastes, surrounded by the refinements which travel and affluence command and the respect and esteem of the community in which he was born and in which he has passed his life.

On the 26th of September, 1865, he was married to Mary Tyler Pope, the daughter of Col. Curran Pope, by whom he has three sons, Curran Pope, Pendleton Pope and Alfred Thruston Pope, Jr.

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This family biography is one of 195 biographies included in the Jefferson County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 8a published in 1888 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 8a

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