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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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WILLIAM A. MERIWETHER is a native of Jefferson County, Ky., and was born May 26, 1825. He is a son of Hon. David Meriwether, a native of Virginia, who came to Kentucky in an early day and located on a farm near Louisville, where he still lives. In 1832 he was elected to the legislature, and re-elected in 1835,-36,-37,-38,-39,-46,-59, -61, and the last term was speaker of the House of Representatives and was re-elected in 1879, 1881, and 1883; he was a member of the Constitutional Convention that framed the present Constitution of the State; in 1852, was appointed to the United States Senate by Governor Powell, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Henry Clay, and in 1853, was appointed by President Pierce Governor of New Mexico. After his last term in the Legislature (1883) he retired from politics and is still a well preserved man of his age. William A. Meriwether received a good practical education in the schools of his native county, and in 1845 he commenced farming in Floyd County, Ind., in which he continued until the breaking out of the Mexican war, when he enlisted in the army under Gen. William O. Butler. At the close of the war he resumed farming, and in the meantime studied law and medicine. From 1861 to 1864 he was Deputy United States Marshal, and from the latter date until 1869, was appointed United States Marshal for Kentucky by President Lincoln. From 1870 to 1876 he was Clerk of the United States Court at Louisville, since when he has been actively engaged in the real estate business. Mr. Meriwether was married, in 1856, to Lillie Morsell; she died in 1860, and he married, in 1864, Julia D. Tryon. One child was born to his first marriage — H. Travilla, and three by his last, viz.: Frank T., living in Asheville; N. C., David L. in Louisville, and Julia.

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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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