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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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CHARLES E. DUNN, one of the exemplary citizens of Louisville, is a son of John O. and Augusta (Stansbury) Dunn, the former a native of Washington, D. C., and still remembered by some of the old citizens of Louisville as a steamboat-man, the latter a native of New York City, and a daughter of A. J. Stansbury, a reporter of the National Intelligencer in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. They came to Louisville in 1832, where the subject of this sketch was born, August 30, 1840. He was educated in the public schools of Louisville, and mainly through his own exertions obtained a good practical education, and in the meantime studied dentistry. In the winter of 1858-59 he attended the Kentucky School of Medicine, and the next winter graduated from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. He then returned to Louisville, and commenced the practice of his profession, as assistant of Dr. E. W. Mason, with whom he remained until the fall of 1860, when he started up for himself, and has so continued to the present time, having his office upon the same square—on Second street, between Green and Walnut. He was married in November, 1876 (the next day after Samuel J. Tilden was elected President of the United States), to Miss Susanna Thorpe, of Mount Washington, Baltimore Co., Md. She is a daughter of Charles J. R. Thorpe, who was assistant postmaster of Baltimore for many years. Four children have been born to this union, three of whom are living, viz: Oswald T., Susanna and Augusta. One, Louis Cummins, died August 20, 1887. Dr. Dunn is one of the leading Freemasons of Louisville, and has passed through all the different grades of the order from the blue lodge to the commandery. He is a Past Master of Abraham Lodge, No. 8; Past High Priest of Louisville R. A. Chapter, No. 5; Past Thrice Illustrious of Louisville Council, No. 4; Past Commander of Louisville Commandery, No. 1; Past Grand High Priest of the Grand 11. A. Chapter of Kentucky, and Past Grand Master of the Grand Council of Kentucky, and at present is a member of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Widows’ and Orphans’ Home at Louisville. He was elected President of the "Kentucky State Dental Association," at the annual meeting June 1, 1875, and served the ensuing year. At the June meeting 1881, he was elected secretary, to which office he has been re-elected, and served in ever since.

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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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