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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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HON. HENRY WATTERSON, the brilliant editor of the Courier-Journal, was born February 16, 1840, in Washington, D. C., and is a son of Hon. Harvey Watterson, then a member of Congress from Tennessee, and who distinguished himself in Congress, in the diplomatic service, and in journalism, being a Democratic writer of considerable force, and for a time editor of the Washington Union in its palmiest days. He is still living, and spends his time in Washington and in Louisville, frequently regaling the readers of the Courier-Journal, under the nom deplume of “Old Fogy,” with reminiscences of early days and scenes in Washington, and of the great men “who there frequented” many years ago. Henry Watterson, the subject of this sketch, received a good education, mainly under private tutors, and was well trained in the polite accomplishments. Much of his early political culture was received under the direction of his father, and, being reared for the most part in Washington City, derived great advantages from public men and public affairs during the ten years preceding the civil war, and developing a talent for literary work, began his career in New York as a writer of drama, criticisms, stories, verse and essays for periodicals. In 1859 he was engaged as a writer on the States, an organ of the Young Democracy at Washington. In the following year he became editor of the Democratic Review. The war coming on, the States was suppressed, and after returning to Tennessee, he soon became leading editor of the Nashville Republican Banner, the oldest and most influential paper in that part of the country. When the Government took possession of Nashville, he became editor of the Chattanooga Rebel, which under his management became the most popular and widely circulated paper in the South. At the close of the war he again resumed editorial charge of the Banner. In 1866 he visited Europe, and returning home the next year, he was offered, in 1868, the editorship of the Louisville Journal, a position he accepted, becoming part owner. A few months later, in connection with Mr. W. N. Haldeman, of the Louisville Courier, he effected a union of the two papers, and on the 18th of November, 1868, the community was startled by the appearance of the first number of the Courier-Journal, of which he became editorial manager, and Mr. Haldeman the business manager. The Courier-Journal was a success from the first issue, and today is one of the most influential newspapers on the American continent. Mr. Watterson is a writer of great versatility and force, grasping every subject that agitates the public, and allowing little to escape that would give him advantage as an editor, or be of value to the people; indeed, as an editorial manager he is perhaps without an equal. He is a man of nervous, active nature, genial disposition, as brilliant a conversationalist as an editor. Always a Democrat in politics, he has become one of the most powerful leaders of his party in the United States. He was mainly instrumental in the nomination of Mr. Tilden at St. Louis in 1876, and was that year elected to Congress from the Louisville district, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Hon. E. Z. Parsons, and made a national reputation in that body during the great contest resulting from the close Presidential election. Since then he has steadily declined election to office, preferring the more congenial occupation of editor. He is one of the great tariff reform leaders, and through his paper has fought for the reduction of war taxes until victory is just ready to crown his efforts.

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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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