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PORTRAITS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF MEN
PROMINENT IN POLITICAL, PROFESSIONAL,
MANUFACTURING, FINANCIAL, COM-
MERCIAL, CLUB, SOCIAL AND
PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITY
IN THE STATE OF
KENTUCKY



PICTURES OF STATE, MUNICIPAL AND OTHER

BUILDINGS, MANUFACTURING AND

COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS,

RESIDENCES, ETC.,

DESCRIPTIVE

AH,/ :. :

A READY UTILITY FOR THE NEWSPAPER
WRITER, ILLUSTRATOR, LIBRARIAN, AND
FOR GENERAL REFERENCE

Editor-in-Chief

COLONEL BEN. LaBREE
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Author of the "Pictorial Battles of the Civil War." "Confed-
erate Soldier in the Civil War," "Campfires." "Official War
Records." "Kentucky Eloquence. Past and Present." "Notable
Men of Kentucky." "Notable Men of Cincinnati." etc.. etc.



1916



Publishers
THE STANDARD PRINTING COMPANY

Incorporated
Louisville. Kentucky



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INTRODUCTION



THE leading newspapers of the United States, editors, illustrators, sketch
writers, librarians, statisticians and historians often have use for and have
demanded photographs and data concerning Kentuckians who have attained
prominence in the many vocations. To supply them in a form that will be
immediately available, we decided to publish this PRESS REFERENCE BOOK OF
PROMINENT KENTUCKIANS. We have, we feel assured, presented within these
pages the portraits of a great number of the men who have made their mark in Ken-
tucky's professional, political, manufacturing, financial, commercial and social life. It brings
together at one view the faces of so many who are worthy representatives of their fellowmen.
In no way can such a comprehensive and pleasurable view of them, their just fame, their
virtues, executive ability and accomplishments be obtained, except in a work like this.

No expense or labor has been spared to make the work a creditable one. The print-
ing of a book like this, aside from the great amount of labor bestowed in the collection of
its subjects and their arrangement, is a notable undertaking for any publishing house. The
press work must be first-class and accurate, and most perfect register and impression are
absolutely necessary to bring out the artistic features, hence only the finest and most per-
fect presses must be used.

The printing, composition and arrangement was done by the STANDARD PRINTING
COMPANY, Louisville, Ky. The style of its execution speaks for itself, and will bear the
inspection of the most critical connoisseur on the art of book-making.

In addition to being in the homes and offices of those whose portraits and biographies
are in the book, and in the possession of the leading newspapers of the United States, it
will be sent to the most prominent libraries and clubs in the country, thus giving it a social
interest in addition to its usefulness as a reference book, and of value as a compendium of
the men now leaders in Kentucky affairs, and one that all subscribers will preserve for
themselves and families.

The Editor and publishers take this method of acknowledging their indebtedness
to the public-spirited citizens of the Commonwealth, and to Standiford, Steffen and
Cusick, the leading Photographers of the State for their valuable aid and hearty co-operation

in the publishing of this book.

THE EDITOR.




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AUGUSTUS OWSLEY STANLEY,
Governor.

Horn in Shelbyville. Ky., May 2\, 1867, son of Rev. William ami Amanda ( ( >\\>,U-y ) Stanley ; A.M. (.'entre College, Dan-
ville, Ky., 1889. Man-inl Sue Soaker, of Henderson. Ky.. April 29, 1903. Admitted to bar 1894 ; in practice at Henderson,
Ky., since 1898. Presidential elector, 1900. Member Fifty-eighth to Sixty- third Congress (1903-1915), Second Kentucky dis-
trict. Elected Governor of Kentucky, November, 1915. Democrat. Address, Executive Mansion, Frankfort, Ky.




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JAMES DIXON BLACK.
Lieutenant Governor.

Horn in Knox county, Ky.. in 1 S55. son of John C. and Clarissa ( Jones ) lilac k. Kducatcd at < Ireenvilte ami Tiisriihiiii ( 'nllcg-c.
Tennessee, conducted under the auspices of the Presbyterian church. Attorney-at-Iaw. Represented Knox and Wlni Iry c< unities in

the Legislature ; Superintendent of Common Schools of Knox county ; Commissioner to World's Fair in 1S93 ; President <f I 'nii.n i >]

le^e at Barbourville, Ky., for two years ; elected Lieutenant Governor November 2, 1915. Married Mary Janet t Pit/er in 1S75.

Three children, Pitzer Oixon I Mark, ( iertrude Hlack and Cieorgia Black Owens. TTome address, llai lunu ville, Ky.



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JAMES FRANKLIN BELL.
Major-General United States Army.

I'.'Mii in Slu II. \ -villi-. Ky.. January ]. 1856, soil of John Wilson and Sarali Margaret Venaldc (Allen)
Hell. Graduate of I". S. Military Academy. 1878. Married Sarah Buford, of Rock Island. 111.. January
5. 1881. Additional 2d Lieutenant 9th Cavalry. June 1-1. 1878; 2d Lieutenant. June 28, 1878, and trans-
ferred to "tli Cavalry, August 9, 1878; 1st Lieutenant, December 29, 1890; Major, Engineers. U. S. V.,
\l;u 17. 1898; Captain U. S. A.. March 2. 1899: Major and Assistant Adjutant-General U. S. V., April 17,
1899; Colonel 36th Volunteers, Infantry. July 5, 1899; Brigadier-General, Volunteers, December 5, 1899;
I 'readier-General V. S. A., February 19, 1901 ; Major-General. January 3, 1907. Served on plains in
7th U. S. Cavalry, 187894: captured band of half-breed Cree Indians near Fort Buford, S. D., 1883; in
Sioux campaign. Pine Ridge, S. D., 1891 ; Adjutant of Regiment and Secretary Cavalry and Light Artil-
lery School, 1891-4; Aide to General J. W. Forsyth, California, Arizona and Washington; awarded Con-
n-s!onal Medal of Honor, November 27, 1899, "for most distinguished gallantry" in action, September
9, 1&99, near Porac, Luzon, P. I. ; commanded 4th Brigade, 2d Division. 8th Army Corps and 3d District
Department. X. Luzon, to July, 1900; Provost Marshal-General of Manila, P. I., to February, 1901;
commanded 1st District Department. X. Luzon, to November. 19111, and 3rd Brigade, Department of S.
Luzon, to December, 1902; returned \n United States in 1903: commandant of Infantry and Cavalry
School, Signal School Staff Coll. to April, 1906; Chief of Staff. U. S. A., April. 1906- April, 1910; Com-
mander Philippines' Division, January, 1911-April. 1914; since Commander 2d Division U. S. A., Texas
City, Tcxa-. Address: War Department, Washington. D. C.



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MARVEL MILLS LOGAN.
Attorney General.

limn in Edmonson county, Ky., January 7, 1875, son of G. F. and Georgiana
(Houckin) Logan. Educated, public and private schools and at Leitchfield Academy,
Leitchfield, Ky. lias been practicing law since he was 21 years old. First As-
sistant Attorney General, 1912-1916; elected Attorney General of Kentucky, Novem-
ber :, 1915. Married in 1896, Delia Haydon ; lias four children, Hubert (16), Agnes
il.il. Leland (10), Hunter (5). Societies: Mason, Knights Templar and Odd Fel-
low; was Grand Master Odd Fellows, 1915. Residence, Brownsville, Ky. Office,
State Capitol, Frankfort, Ky.



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JAMES BENNETT M'CREARY,
Lawyer and Statesman.

Born in Madison county, Ky., July S, 1838, son of E. R. and S. B. McCreary.
Entered Centre College and graduated with A.B. when he was nineteen years old;
Mndied law at Cumberland University, Tennessee, graduating with the degree LL.B.
in 1859. In 1860 opened law office at Richmond, Ky. In 1862 joined the Confed-
erate Army (cavalry) as a private, and later became Captain and Major, and at the
close of the war was a Lieutenant-Colonel. Member of the Kentucky Legislature,
1869-73: Governor of Kentucky, 1875-1879 and 1911-1915; member of Congress,
1884-180-1; United States Senator, 1903-1909; delegate to the Democratic Conven-
tions of 1868, 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1912. Married Miss Kate Hughes, of Lexington,
in 1867, and she died October 23, 1908. Residence, Richmond, Ky.



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THE FIVE KENTUCKY STATE CAPITOLS:




OLD KENTUCKY STATE CAPITOL AND FORMER STATE OFFICE BUILDING ADJOINING.



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HENRY WATTERSON.
Journalist.



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CHARLES A. SEGNER.
Managing Editor Louisville Herald

limn October 17. 1878. in Lafayette, In<l. Son of Jr^t-ph and I>,ildle Van Ulen
Segner. Educated in public and hi.yh ^rhooU \ I , I ml., and for a short

period \\.f- student at Purdue University. Ile^aii his new-paper career on Lafayette
Evening: (/all. and 5( /ed as city editor i" yrar; was also city editor for one-
year of the Muncie ( Ind. ) Star. R^tnriK-d \<> I af.u i tie as managing editor, I'll.
("all. l"(r t\vr> years, after which he went to Indianapolis anil served ten years as
Stale editor, ni^ht editor, and assistant mnna^in.y editor of the Indianapolis St.ir.
Came to Louisville in 1913, as managing editor. The Herald, succeeding \\ r . K. Mc-
Kay. Married August 16, 1903. Miss Clara K, VVeyher, daughter of Dr. R. F. \\V-yher.
professor <>f (ierman at Purdue University. 1 - a member of Louisville l.od^.. ?Co.
. I I'. ' >. E-, also of the Masonic order. Address : Residence, Xo. 3. C barman t
Apartments ; ..ftiee, Louisville Herald. Louisville Ky.



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RICHARD WILSON KNOTT,
Publisher and Editor.

Horn in Frankfort, Ky.. September 26. 1S4 1 '. son of KichanI anil Ann Mary
(Kohcrlsl Knott. Educated in private schools, Louisville, to 1864. In retail dry
goods business, Louisville. 1864-78. One of live who established the Kvening Post,
isrs; -old interest in 188(1. (In staff of LouisvilK- Courier-Journal, 1880-9,!. Ownei
and Editor Louisville Evening Tost since IS'l.i. Conducted II. .me and Farm since
ISSIl. and (with Gen. I'.asil \V. I hike I conducted Southern Bivouac. 1885-6. Mar-
ried Jennie A. C.illinoie. of New York. June 18. IS'H. Presbyterian. Home ad
dress, Woodbourne avenxie. I'.lisiness address. l ; .veniny Post, Louisville, Ky.



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JOHN H. BUSCHEMEYER,
Mayor of Louisville, Ky.

Horn in Louisville, Ky., February 34, 1S69, son of TTenry and Helena Buschemeyer. Graduated from Louisville public
schools, Male High School, Louisville College of Pharmacy, University of Louisville, Medical Department, and New York Poly-
clinic. Married I''lo:ence Byrne, daughter of John P. and Catherine Cooper Byrne. Has three children, John Byrne, Charles Henry,
and William Cooper Buschemeyer. Physician and surgeon. Elected Mayor of Louisville on the Democratic ticket in 1913. Alder-
man, President Board of Alderman, and Vice-Mayor. Great Representative Great Council, I. O. R. M. Member of Improved Order
of Red Men and Modern Woodmen of America. Business address, City Hall. Home address, 4314 West Chestnut street, Louis-
ville, Ky.






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THE RT. REV. DENNIS O'DONAGHUE,
Bishop of Louisville, Ky.

Born in Daviess county, Ind,. November 30, 1848. Educated at St. Meinrad's College, Benedictine Abbey,
in Spencer county, Ind. ; Sulpician Seminary, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and St. Thomas Seminary, Bardstown,
Ky. Ordained priest September 6. 1874, by Bishop Maurice de St. Palais, at Indianapolis. Permanent rector of
St. Patrick's Church, Indianapolis, 1887-1910, and Chancellor of the Diocese, having held this latter position for
twenty-one years. Consecrated Titular Bishop of Pomario. Auxiliary of Indianapolis, April 25, 1900. He preached
the funeral sermon of the late Bishop William George McCloskey in Louisville. Appointed by the Holy See
Bishop of the Diocese of Louisville, February 7, 1910. Since his appointment to the Bishopric, the Catholic
population has grown greatly and new churches, schools and hospitals have been built. Evidences of his ef-
ficiency are seen everywhere throughout his jurisdiction. The Episcopal Residence is at Brook and College streets,
Louisville, Ky.



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GENERAL HUGHES LENOX SCOTT,
Brigadier General, Chief of Staff, U. S. Army.



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Horn Danville, Ky., September 23, 1853, son of Rev. William N. and Mary E.
(Hodge) Scott, great-great-granddaughter of F.eniamin Franklin. Graduated U. S.
Military Academy, 1S76. Married Mi-s Mary Merrill, June, 1880. Served in Sioux
Expedition, 1S76. In charge Geronimo's Band Chiricahua Apaches, 1894-97. On
duty at Bur. Ethnology Smithsonian Institution, writing work on sign language,
plains Indians, North America, 1897. Adi. Gen. in Cuba, 1898-1903. Governor Sulu
Archipelago and Commander military post of Jolo, P. I., 1903-1906. Abolished
slavery and the slave trade in Sulu Archipelago. Superintendent and Commander
U. S. Military Academy with rank of Colonel from September 1, 1906. Author
various monographs and reports relating to plains Indians. Address, West Point,
N. Y.



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FRANK DAVIS,
Insurance.

Special representative of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of Xew York. I'.orn in Lexington, Ky.,
March 22, 1871. son of James \V. and Malinda T. DavN Kducated in tlie public schools of Lexington. Be-
ginning as a boy he worked his way from the bottom rung of the ladder to the top solely by his talents and
ability. lie quickly showed the executive capacity which gave him the distinction of being the master of all
insurance policy forms and contracts. Mr. Davis is one of the most noted insurance men of the South and
one of the largest producers of insurance in the United States. Resides his connection with the Mutual Life
he has interests in many enterprises in and out of Louisville. Married Miss Mary A. Loftus, of Green Hay,
Wis., January Jf>, 1 90*'. M cmlK r of the Hoard of Trade and Clay Lodge, Knights of Pythias. Residence.
Spring and Cherokee Drive. ( Htice. 425 Paul Jones Building. Louisville, Ky.



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GEORGE THOMAS SETTLE
Librarian



Born Kusscllville, K\.. April _' I . 1*1,5. son of Rev. Henry flay ami Isabella ik.nl Settle. Kducaled in public schools I Iwcnsboro
.nj Louisville ami Kclhcl t'c.lU-yc. Russellville. Studied law, Married Anna Florence Ilubbuch, of Louisville. April 10, 1913. Head of




l.mnsulle Literary.. Filson Club of Kentucky, Rotary. Hoard of Trade, Louisville ( onvention and Publicity League, Elk's. Home. l.iSl)
Uuerhacker Court; address, Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville.




LOUISVILLE. KENTUCKY. PUBLIC LIBRARY.

The Louisville I'ree Public Library was opened for the circulation of books in May. 1905. From tbis dale to . \uKusl 31. 1915.
the ending o f the eleventh fiscal year, 6,515,966 volumes have been read in the bonus ..f Louisville. The use of the library by teachers,
students, school children and business men has kept pace \yith the. circulation of books.



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THEODORE AHRENS,
Manufacturer.

Horn September 21, 1859, at Baltimore, Md., son of Theodore and Mary ( Xebel) Ahrens, both of
whom were born in Germany. Kdu'-.-iU-d in public schools of Louisville and quit school when he was
thirteen years old, at which time he went to work to learn trade of brass finisher and molder, continuing
in same until be was twenty-one years of age. when he went into the plumbing business, forming a part-
ncrsHp as Ahrens. Welkcr \ Ryan, which continued for six years. At the age of twenty-eight he pur-
chased an interest in the firm of Ahrens & On, of which his father was a member. In January, 1900,
the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company was m-ganized. of which he was made president, this
impany absorbing Ahrens & Ott and it- b ranches, in addition to a number of other plants. President
of the Peoples Provident Loan Association; director Louisvill- Title Company, and president of a num-
ber of subsidiary companies of the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company. Served a term in the
Louisville City Council. In 1885 he married Elizabeth Pfister. Children: Mrs. E. J. Zinsmeister. Mrs.
Mildred Howard. Clubs: Pendennis, Duquesne (Pittsburgh) and the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. Resi-
dence, 1704 Third street, Louisville, Ky. : Annex Hotel, Pittsburgh. Office, 321 West Main street, Louis-
ville, Ky.

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OSCAR FENLEY,
Banker.



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Born in Jefferson county, Ky., June 25, 1855. son of John X. Fenley and Mary Elizabeth (Carr) Fenley.
His mother was a descendant of the Dorseys, of Maryland. Fenley is one of the oldest families in Kentucky.
Mr. Funley is the present owner of the land which came into the family's possession through an original grant
in 1791. Educated in the public schools of Louisville and entered the service of the Citi/ens National Bank in
1871. Cashier in 1888 and continued in that position until 1896. when he resigned and became vice president of
the National Bank of Kentucky. One year later (1897) he became president of that bank. He has held that
position continuously since and recently was chosen a Class A director in the Federal Reserve Bank at St. Louis.
He is president of the Bourbon Stockyards and the Kentucky Elevator Company; director in the Fidelity and
Columbia Trust Company and in the Louisville Railway Company, and treasurer of the Louisville Board of
Trade. The National Hank of Kentucky, of which he is president, was established in 1834. It became a national
bank in 190(1. There has been no interruption in its busine-s during its career of eighty-one years. Member of
the Board of Trade, Pendennis and Country Clubs, and the Chess and Whist Club. Married first in 1SS3 to Miss
Alice R. Short, and second in 1897 to Mary Johnson Woolley. daughter of Col. Robert W. Woolley. Bn-iness
address National Bank of Kentucky. Home address, 145S South Third street, Louisville, Ky.

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CHARLES CHRISTOPHER MEN GEL.
Manufacturer.



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Born (Gloucester. Kssex county, Mass., October 29, 1856, son of Charles C. and Jane (Potter) Men gel. Edu-
cated in public schools of Brooklyn, X. V. Removed to Kentucky in 1875 and engaged in the manufacture of
plug tobacco. In 1S77 became engaged in the manufacture of boxes, later taking up the manufacture of lumber,
Director and former president Louisville Hoard of Trade. Reorganized and was elected Colonel of First In-



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, Kentucky State (niard, in summer of 1S9<>, following return of soldiers from Porto Rico. Served during
ion troubles at Frankfort, 1899-1900, and until regiment was mustered out by Gov. Reckham in summer 1900.

mer pi esident Pendennis Club. Former member Salmagundi Club. Former member Louisville Board of

er Works and Louisville Hoard Sinking Fund Commissioners. Director National Bank of Kentucky. Presi-

any, box manufacturers, and vice president C. C. Mengel & Bro. Co.. mahogany and
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Mengel Box Company, box manufacturers, and vice president C. C. Mengel & . ..

>er manufacturers, operations of which extend to \Vest Coasts of Africa. British Honduras and Yucatan,
Mexico. Married January 12, 1882, to Emily Mason Tiyon, of Louisville, daughter of Capt. Frank Tryon. Has
five children : Julia Morsell (Mrs. Cuthbert Thompson) ; Jane Putter I Mrs. Arthur D. Allen) ; C. C. Mengel. Jr.,
Emily T. and Frank T. Mengel, all of Louisville. Home address, 1325 South Third street, Louisville, Ky. Busi-
ness address, Dumesnil street, between Eleventh and Twelfth streets.



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PETER LEE ATHERTON,
Real Estate and Capitalist-



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Born in LaKue county, Ky., August 7. 1862, son of John M. and Marie B. (Farnam) Atherton.
Educated in Louisville public and high schools. In distillery business from 18S3 to 1899, when he sold
all his interests in that business and since has been engaged in real estate and matters of public concern.
Chairman Louisville Sewerage Commission, 1906-1912; member State Legislature from Forty-eighth dis-
Irict, 1912; president Atherton Realty Company; vice prudent Louisville Realty Association; director
Lincoln Realty Company, Federal Chemical Company, Seelbach Realty Company, Lincoln Savings Bank.
Is a Good Roads enthusiast and is president of the Jackson Highway Association and the Central Lincoln
Road Association; president May Musical Festival, 1907. Married to Cornelia Simrall Anderson. Children:
Sarah Anderson Atherton and Mrs. Kelley Graham. Member Elks. Clubs: Pendennis, Louisville Coun-
try, River Valley. Chess and Whist, Architects and Engineers and Board of Trade. Home address. Glen-
view, Ky. Business address, Atherton Building, Louisville, Ky.



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LOUISVILLE, KY. LOOKINQ NORTH ON FOURTH STREET FROM THE SEELBACH

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JOSIAH BAKER GATHRIGHT.
Manufacturer.

Horn in Oldham county. Ky., December 24, 1838, son of John Redford and Zerelda I. (Baker) Gathright.
Attended county schools in Oldham county, Louisville city schools and Dr. Moore's school. Graduate of As-
bury-DePauw and University of Michigan, and had first honor of class and received A. M. degree. Began study
of law in 1850. In the Civil War commanded company of cavalry under Gen. Morgan. Was for a time on the
Mall" and as quartermaster organized factories and re-equipped the command after the disastrous Ohio raid. After
the Civil War, in 1866, Mr. Gathright founded the saddlery and harness business of J. B. Gathright in Louis-
ville, and later took in John J. Harbison under firm name of Harbison & Gathright, which was afterwards in-


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