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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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JAMES C. CALHOUN, the oldest representative now living, of pioneer days in Paducah, is the gentleman whose name introduces this sketch. He was born in Livingston County, Ky., on the 25th of July, 1811, where he was reared to early manhood, meantime receiving such advantages for education as were supplied in the pioneer schools of the country. His father died in Livingston County, and he with his widowed mother came to Paducah in 1828. James C. for a long time engaged as salesman in a mercantile house; later followed steam-boating on the Ohio and Tennessee until 1836, when, having saved some money, he embarked in the dry goods trade in Paducah, but shared in the general wreck of business circles in 1837. In 1840 he was appointed to the office of sheriff of McCracken County, and served continuously for eight years. Pressed by the misfortunes growing out of the panic of 1837, he took the benefit of the bankrupt law in 1842 for about $8,000, and by the year 1847 he had paid to his creditors the entire amount on which he had bankrupted. In 1851 he was elected as the first sheriff under the new constitution, serving two years. In 1856 he embarked in the wholesale grocery trade, which he prosecuted until the beginning of the war. He was again elected to the office of sheriff of the county in 1865, and in the year following, while in the discharge of his official duties was shot, sustaining a wound from which he has never recovered, notwithstanding which he filled his office with acceptance to the close of the sixth year, making a total service of sixteen years as county sheriff. At the close of his term as sheriff in 1870 he fell behind $10,000, owing to his not being able to give his personal attention to his business, from the wound received in 1866. He had due him in uncollected taxes for the last term of sheriff about $10,000, and about $2,000 in fee bills, all of which he surrendered to his creditors, together with his wife’s property in her own right, to the value of $6,000. He now presides as judge of the Paducah city court, an office to which he was elected in 1882. Judge Calhoun is a man of strong mental ability, remarkably well preserved, a genial companion, and one of the most highly respected citizens of Paducah. He was married in February, 1842, in McCracken County, to Miss Mary E. Bowles, who died in October, 1881. He has five living children, viz.: Patrick E., Andrew B., Thomas J., Miss Oreta T. Calhoun and Mary E. Rieke.

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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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