James Barbour 1089
- Born: 27 May 1820, Maysville, Mason, Kentucky 1089
- Died: 17 Sep 1896 at age 76 1090
From "History of Kentucky, Vol. 3" by Wm. Connelley & Ellis Merton Coulter, it says, "Between 1840 and 1852 he came to be recognized as one of the ablest of his contemporaries at the bar of Central Kentucky. An estimate of his place as a lawyer has been given in the following language: 'He was not a brilliant orator nor a fervid declaimer, as were some of his contemporaries, but with an expressive countenance, a magnificent person, a resonant voice, a graceful manner, he had knowledge of rhythm, that earnestness which is the offspring of sincerity and faith in the justice of one's cause, pruity united to virility in both thought and diction, strong common sense, mental poise, made him a vigorous debater and a most formidable antagonist, whither before a court of equity or a jury. He avoided rather than sought employment in criminal cases, but when he was imprelled by personal attachment or his innate love of truth to appear in them he proved himself an advocate of power.'
"When John L. Helm became governor in 1850, Mr. Barbour was appointed first auditor of the commenwealth. In that capacity he became involved in a celebrated suit with the superintendent of public instruciton concerning the disposition of school land funds. In that controversy he established a reputation as a financier, and in 1852 was offered the cashiership of the Maysville Branch of the Bank of Kentucky, and thereafter until his death forty-four years later his name was associated not so much with law as with banking, and there can be no question that he deserved all the splended reputation associated with him as one of the ablest financiers and business men of the state in his time. While directing the affairs of the Maysville Branch and subsequent Bank of Maysville he was intimately associated with that group of Maysville men who projected a number of enterprises destined to fortify Maysville as the business metropolis of Eastern Kentucky. He was one of the organizers in 1858 of the Union Coal & Oil Company of Maysville. He provided both legal and financial leadership in reviving and completing the Maysville & Lexington Railroad, and drew the charter, organized and became president of the Danville & Lexington Railroad.
"May 20, 1844, James Barbour married Elizabeth Graham Foster, a native of Natchez, Mississippi. Her father, Colonel James Foster, commanded a regiment under General Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. Mr. and Mrs. James Barbour enjoyed an ideal married companionship for over half a century. Mrs. Barbour died July 25, 1806, while James Barbour passed away September 17, 1896.
"Their son, James Foster Barbour, was born February 14, 1846, at Danville, Kentucky, but since the age of six years his home has been at Maysville. He attended school there, also the select school of Dr. L.G. Barbour of Lexington, entered Center College in the fall of 1860, but during part of the war period attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He graduated from Center College in June, 1864. After his college career he became a bookkeeper under his father in the Maysville Branch of the Bank of Kentucky, and for fifty-six years was associated with that and the Bank of Maysville, and in that time served several generations of patrons....
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: banker: Maysville, Mason, Kentucky. 1089
• Education: Graduated from Center College. 1089
• Education: Law school in Transylvania. 1089
James married Living