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Charles Jacob Bronston, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 20, 1848
Madison County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 1909
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

Charles Jacob Bronston was the son of Thomas Springer "Tom" Bronston Jr (18171890) & Sallie Ann Bronston Bronston (18231849). Tom and Sallie were paternal first cousins: he the son of Jacob Bronston of Lexington, and she the daughter of Thomas Springer Bronston Sr of Richmond, KY, Jacob's younger brother.

Sallie died of cholera a few days after Charlie's 1st birthday after declining to flee to the mountains with the rest of her family.
Charlie's father married 3 times and had 12 children in all. His first two wives died shortly after giving him sons. Henrietta A Baker, his 3rd wife (m: 1852) was the only mother CJ remembered.

In 1862 Charlie's father, Tom, was imprisoned as a civilian in 'Camp Chase' a Union prison camp in OH, for aiding the Confederacy. Tom wrote to Charlie - the family still has one stirring letter.

Charlie was married on 28 May 1874 to Susan Wallace "Susie Hughes" (18541891), daughter of William T Hughes (18321874) & Sallie K Cooper (18331914), who lived on the farm now known as Elmendorf. Susie's father was murdered two weeks after the wedding, by his own uncle.

Charlie and Susie were the parents of 9 children, 6 of whom lived to adulthood. See them linked here and listed under Susan Hughes Bronston.

Charles Jacob Bronston, a lawyer and statesman familiarly known about Lexington as the 'Red Fox', was notorious for his flaming red hair, hair-trigger temper, and exemplary sense of justice.

~ A very young portrait of Bronston hangs in the Fayette County Courthouse in Lexington.
~ The photograph attached to this memorial was taken for the 1890-1891 Kentucky Constitutional Convention.
~ The cartoon shown was published in the Pittsburgh Press in 1899 and told the melodramatic tale of a standoff between Red Fox Bronston and Col Jack Chinn.

A brief summary of Bronston's distinguished career:

~ 1869 Kentucky University at Lexington, graduated with valedictorian honors.
~ 1869-1870 University of Virginia, Law Department.
~ Began the practice of Law in Richmond, Kentucky.
~ Law partner of Hon. James B. McCreary, later Governor of Kentucky
~ Professor in the Law School of the Central University of Kentucky (now Center College)
~ 1879-1895 Commonwealth's Attorney for the 10th Judicial District (Madison, Fayette, Clark, Bourbon, Scott, Woodford and Jessamine Counties)
~ 1890-1891 Member of the Constitutional Convention of the State.
~ 1892 Delegate to the National Convention of the Democratic Party from the 7th Congressional District.
~ 1896-1900 Kentucky State Senator
~ 1901 the degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred on him by Kentucky University at Lexington
~ President of the Blue Grass Rapid Transit Company
~ President of the Southern Mutual Investment Company
~ Instrumental in acquiring funding from Andrew Carnegie to build the Lexington Library (see the KY historical marker in Gratz Park)

Susie Hughes Bronston died on 14 May 1891 after several weeks of illness, leaving a bereft husband and 6 young children.

CJ Bronston was remarried 13 Feb 1897 to Miss Belle Wisdom (1864-1945) of Paducah, KY. Her father Benjamin Henry Wisdom was said to be the richest man in Kentucky.
This marriage did not go smoothly - Belle was only a decade older than CJ's eldest children, and expelled them from the family home. The couple was in the middle of a contentious divorce when he died suddenly.

At her death, Belle left her oil fields near Houston, Texas in trust to Midway College and his sisters family in Midway, KY. A descendent of Belle's sister, contacted the family (67 years after her death) and noted "Their marriage with her difficult disposition mixed with C. J.'s pugnacious character was doomed to a caustic end." ... and that his entire family is still receiving checks from the Belle Wisdom Trust.

Family links: 
  Thomas Springer Bronston (1817 - 1890)
  Sallie Ann Bronston Bronston (1823 - 1849)
  Belle Saffarrans Wisdom (1864 - 1945)
  Susan Wallace Hughes Bronston (1854 - 1891)*
  Sallie Aurelia Bronston (1875 - 1928)*
  Katherine McCreary Bronston Warren (1878 - 1909)*
  Thomas Hughes Bronston (1878 - 1912)*
  Henrietta Aurelia Bronston (1879 - 1880)*
  Henri Cooper Bronston (1884 - 1884)*
  Charles Jacob Bronston (1884 - 1961)*
  Louise Bronston (1888 - 1888)*
  Susan Cromwell Bronston Buford (1888 - 1967)*
  William Hughes Bronston (1889 - 1957)*
  Charles Jacob Bronston (1848 - 1909)
  Thomas Ballard Bronston (1852 - 1890)**
  John Baker Bronston (1856 - 1856)**
  Mattie McCreary Bronston Davis (1857 - 1928)**
  Henrietta Aurelia Bronston Dudley (1859 - 1949)**
  Bettie Baker Bronston Chenault (1861 - 1906)**
  Nannie Tighlman Bronston (1862 - 1875)**
  Lula Carty Bronston Prewitt (1864 - 1937)**
  Alice Julia Bronston Oldham (1866 - 1931)**
  James Baker Bronston (1869 - 1946)**
  Walter Scott Bronston (1871 - 1903)**
*Calculated relationship
Lexington Cemetery
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: I-1 , 16 , E1/2
Created by: sbhutson
Record added: Feb 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47419051
Charles Jacob Bronston, Sr
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Charles Jacob Bronston, Sr
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Charles Jacob Bronston, Sr
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