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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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HENRY H. HOUSTON, son of Eli and Sarah (Best) Houston, is a native of the city of Paducah, and was born November 15, 1836. He obtained a good English education in Paducah and Memphis, Tenn. From the former place his father, with his family, removed to California, returning to Paducah a few years subsequently. Henry H. then commenced the study of law with the firm of King & King, and was admitted to the practice of the profession in 1858, since which time he has been connected with the Paducah bar. In 1860 he was elected city attorney of Paducah. His practice was soon interrupted by the breaking out of the civil war, and in 1861 he joined Company B, of the Third Kentucky Regiment, and entered the Confederate Army. He followed the fortunes of this regiment until November, 1862, when he was promoted from the ranks to the commission of Adjutant of the Twentieth Mississippi Regiment, Infantry, in which he served until after the battle of Atlanta, in 1864, where he was severely wounded in left wrist and hip, after which he resigned and returned to Paducah. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Baton Rouge, Jackson, the engagements around Vicksburg and the Atlanta campaign. After returning to Paducah, he resumed the practice of law, which he has followed successfully, though not without interruption. In 1872 he became the Republican candidate for congress from this district, receiving a flattering vote but sustaining defeat. In 1876 he was candidate for the same office, sustained another defeat but polled the largest Republican vote ever cast in the district. In 1882 he made a third race for congress with similar results. In March, 1883, he was elected to the office of city clerk, and unanimously re-elected in 1884. Mr. Houston is a member of the Masonic order and of the K. of H. He was married in the city of St. Louis, in 1874, to Miss Mary V. Ware, daughter of E. Ware, of Paducah. She died in Paducah in 1875, leaving one child, Mary Pauline Houston.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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