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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. SAMUEL RUSSELL, banker, lawyer, etc., is a native of Spencer County, Ky.; was born November 12, 1838, and is a son of Nathaniel and Margaret (Cain) Russell, natives of Nelson County. His grandfather, Samuel Russell, and his maternal grandfather, Mathew Cain, were of Irish origin, and came to the United States many years ago. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and educated in Shelby County, under Professor M. Neal, an accomplished teacher and educator. He came to Louisville in 1859 and commenced the study of law; was admitted to the bar in 1860, and practiced continuously until 1884, when he abandoned the law and devoted his attention to other pursuits. In 1884 he was elected president of the Bank of Louisville, one of the oldest banking institutions of the city. It was organized in 1833, and the first president was Mr. Snead. Mr. J. B. Bowles succeeded him and was president for forty years. Mr. Russell succeeded Charles Tilden, who died in 1884, as president, and still holds the position. The bank is one of the wealthy corporations of the city, having a capital of $650,000, and its quaint old banking house is one of the landmarks on Main street. Mr. E. A. Hewett is the present cashier. Mr. Russell was married in 1866 to Miss Hattie Shouse, of Shelby County. He was elected in 1875 to the legislature, but since then has taken no active part in politics.

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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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