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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 E. GLOVER. A well balanced and well stored mind, a life full of useful purpose, whatever position it may occupy, is of far greater importance than the average respectability of the world, and when the possessor of these qualities has achieved success in the business world by means of them, he is doubly worthy of our appreciative regard. These remarks fitly apply to the gentleman whose name heads this article. For more than half a century he was identified with the progress and prosperity of this city, and we are largely indebted to him for the reputation we still enjoy for the manufacture of superior boat machinery. These considerations, aside from the virtue of his life, his intelligence, public spirit, and philanthropy, fully entitle him to an honorable mention in the industrial history of his adopted city. William E. Glover was born in Mason County, Ky., November 28, 1801. At the age of sixteen he came to Louisville, a poor lad as far as money or education was concerned, but rich in respect to health, mental vigor, and a determination to work out for himself a position in life that would command respect. He apprenticed himself to learn the trade of a blacksmith, and served until he obtained his majority, and having during his term of service devoted his spare time to the acquisition of mechanical and scientific knowledge, he now had the satisfaction of passing muster as a competent engineer. Having obtained a situation on one of the boats engaged in the lower river trade, he followed that vocation for several years; and as may be expected from the studious habits that characterized him during his apprenticeship, he diligently applied himself to his calling till he was thoroughly acquainted with combination of excellencies required to make a perfect marine engine; and there is no doubt but the practical experience thus gained made him a successful competitor with the best engine-builders of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. About 1833 or 1834, Mr. Glover left the river and engaged in blacksmithing on Market street, and soon acquired a reputation for those difficult pieces of forging, etc., which are never offered to inferior workmen; and having successfully conducted this branch till 1836 or thereabouts, he formed a partnership with Messrs. Lachlan McDougall and William Inman, for the purpose of establishing a foundry. Purchasing the foundry premises of Shreve Brothers, on Main, near Ninth street, they commenced on a moderate scale and in a general way, occasionally building an engine. It was not long, however, before the excellency of their work brought them all of this class of business they could attend to. In 1838 they built the engines for the steamboats “Diana” and “Edward Shippin,” and although done at a pecuniary loss, these two contracts established the fact that machinery for steamboats could be built at Louisville as well as Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. This may be fairly claimed as the inception of what afterward became a large branch of our industry — the building of large and fast steamboats — and was the means of attracting much trade to the city that hitherto had gone elsewhere. During his connection with the foundry business, which extended through a period of thirty years, he was universally successful, and although many changes took place in the firm he continued to hold his interest till its dissolution. Prominent among those who were associated with him during this protracted period were Messrs. Gault, Ainslie, and Cochran. Up to 1861 he remained at his old stand where he had done an extensive and lucrative business as a manufacturer in iron. As a historic fact we may mention that the first gas-works for Louisville were built by him, in 1840. At the time referred to, however, he saw that the long threatened storm of civil war had at last burst upon us, and concluding that trade, commerce and manufacturing would be fearfully depressed before the close of the conflict, he closed up his business and converted his work-shops into a tobacco warehouse, known then as the “Boone Warehouse,” named after the great Kentucky pioneer and adventurer. As in his previous business, he was successful to a degree little anticipated; and although all his operations were on commission, their extent was such that it brought him a handsome income, and had he not previously laid the foundation of and built up a fortune, he could certainly have done it then. Aside from the benefits accruing to the city from his energy and enterprise, we may truthfully say that he was ever ready to lend his aid for the furtherance of every good work. The soundness of his judgment, the excellency of his management, and the integrity of his conduct pointed him out as a suitable person to be in the direction of almost every corporate body with which he was ever connected. He was for many years a bank director, a member of the city council, a representative in the State legislature, a trustee of the University of Louisville, besides holding other offices of a similar nature. In the summer of 1872 he was attacked with that intractable form of skin disease known as lichen tropicus, and for more than a year he not only suffered an indescribable torture, but was in a great measure deprived of appetite and sleep. This was sufficient to break down a young and vigorous person, and of course at his advanced age it told with rapid and fatal effect. He resorted to the hot springs of Arkansas in search of relief, but although the skin affection was greatly relieved, he had a return of the asthma in consequence of it. This was precisely what he had predicted several months previously. Rapid inroads were now made upon his otherwise vigorous constitution, and on the first of October, 1873, he died at the residence of his son-in-law, John L. Hikes, Esq., in his seventy-second year. He was twice married, and left five sons and two daughters to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent parent. In all the relations of his life Mr. Glover conducted himself in a manner that commanded the respect of his fellow-citizens, and it gives us pleasure to record his name among the list of worthies who laid the foundation of our prosperity and now sleep with their fathers.

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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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