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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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LORENZO DOW HUSBANDS, lawyer, was born December 18, 1823, in Christian County, Ky., where the family settled in 1805. When two years old his parents removed to Crittenden County, where his father followed farming, and where L. D. received his early education. In 1847 he commenced the study of law in the office of his brother, J. P. Husbands, of Paducah, and in 1849 was regularly admitted to practice, which he began as a partner with Judge Morrow. In 1855 he was elected to the office of commonwealth’s attorney, which he filled with ability for one year. He was elected in 1859 to the lower house of the State legislature, in which he served one term. Mr. Husbands is not a politician in the accepted sense of the term, but wields a potent influence in public matters, which is enjoyed by the Democratic party. He is a man of splendid appearance, tall and straight, and his face, upon which age sits lightly, impresses one that he is a man possessed of more than ordinary talent, an impression which is strengthened by continual acquaintance. Concerning his legal record, we quote the opinion of a brother practitioner: “Col. L. D. Husbands is a lawyer of ability, ranking number one in the State, and is withal a gentleman of integrity, true to his clients and urbane to all. He is considered one of the best citizens of Kentucky.” Among his associates on the circuit, he is acknowledged to be one of the foremost and soundest lawyers in his section of the State. He possesses a logical mind, treats his opponents with due respect, seeking always to convince by sound demonstration, rather than by witticisms or sharp practice. As a chancery lawyer he perhaps has no equal in the commonwealth. Mr. Husbands has been deservedly successful in his profession. Commencing a poor boy, he has, by his ability and fairness as a lawyer, acquired a very handsome fortune. He is very charitable, lending a liberal assistance to all worthy enterprises, and is consequently greatly respected and loved in the community in which he has lived so long. He was married in 1851 to Miss Hannah Singleton, and in 1859 contracted a second marriage, this time to Mrs. Bullock, daughter of J. W. Cook, of Caldwell County, Ky.

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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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