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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 BAILEY, M. D., was born in Franklin County, Ky., November 4. 1833, and is a son of Shelah and Mary (Church) Bailey, natives of Virginia and Franklin County, Ky., respectively. He was brought up in Franklin County, and educated principally in the Kentucky Military Institute, where he spent six years, graduating in 1853. After graduating he taught in the institute as assistant in mathematics until 1856, when he commenced the study of medicine. He attended the first course of lectures in the Medical University of Louisville; afterwards graduated from the Kentucky School of Medicine in 1857, and immediately began practice at Shelbyville, Ky. In 1862 he was appointed surgeon of the Ninth (Federal) Kentucky Cavalry, remaining in the service one year, when he was mustered out. He then came to Louisville, and in 1864 graduated from the Medical University, in which he had taken his first course of lectures. He was a professor during 1866-'67 in the Kentucky School of Medicine, where he engaged in the organization of the Hospital College of Medicine, in which he was assigned the same chair he had held in the Kentucky School; was also president of the faculty for two years, when changed to the Medical University, where he has been made professor of Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Hygiene; he also enjoys a large private practice. He was married in 1859 to Miss Sue Owen, of Shelby County, and a member of an old and prominent Kentucky family. They have four children. He is a member of the American Medical Society, and also of State and local medical societies, as well as of the American Public Health Association.

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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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