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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. JAMES S. LITHGOW, ex-mayor of Louisville, and for many years one of the city’s most prominent business men, was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on the 29th of November, 1812, and is a son of Walter and Frances (Stevenson) Lithgow. In December, 1832, he came to Louisville, and commenced the battle of life for himself. For more than half a century he has been identified with the interests of his adopted city, laboring earnestly and energetically for its welfare and prosperity. He formed a partnership under the firm name of Wallace & Lithgow in the manufacture of stoves, copper, tin and sheet-iron. This partnership continued twenty-five years, and was only dissolved by the death of Mr. Wallace, in 1861. Continuing the business alone for one year, Mr. Lithgow took his sons-in-law, Messrs. Clark O. Smith and Jacob L. Smyser, into partnership. But it is superfluous to follow the house of J. S. Lithgow & Co. — it is one of the landmarks of Louisville, familiar to all who are acquainted with the city. The factory of the firm is one of the largest in the West, fronting on Main street, and extending from Hancock to Clay. Mr. Lithgow has held many high and important positions, both business and political, viz.: mayor of the city, a member of the Charter Convention, a director in the Louisville & Frankfort, and in the Elizabethtown & Paducah railroads, president of the Northern Branch Bank of Kentucky, etc. etc. He is an exemplary Christian man, and a zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in which he has held many important positions.

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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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