|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1838|
|Death: ||Dec. 30, 1918|
LUCIUS P. LITTLE, of Owensboro, KY., one of the leading lawyers of the Daviess County bar, was born in that county Feb. 15, 1838. His great-grandfather, George Little, was a native of Scotland. After his marriage in that country he came with his wife to South Carolina before the Revolutionary War. In that contest he served in the Americna army, was woulded and disabled, and after the war setled at Fort Vienna, KY, where he passed the remainder of his days. When he came to Kentucky, he was accompanied by his son, Jonas, who afterward married Betsy Douglas and followed the vocation of a farmer in the vicinity of Fort Vienna until his death in 1850. His wife died during the Civil War.
The second son of this marriage was Douglas Little, the father of Lucius P. In his early life he was a farmer and a manufacturer of wagons and plows. He was always active in politics, held the office of constable, was then justice of the peace for eight years, and county judge of twelve years, three terms of four years each. He married Martha Wright, a native of Charlotte County, VA, who came to Kentucky in 1820.
Lucius P. Little was educated in the common schools of Calhoun and in his early manhood entered the office of the clerk of the circuit court, as a deputy, in which position he remained foe three years. During thid time he studied law and after leaving the office attended the law department of the Cumberland University, of Lebanon, Tenn., graduating in 1857. Soon afterward he was admitted to the bar at Calhoun and practiced there until 1860, when he was made deputy United States Marshal and took the census of his county. The next year he spent in Louisville and was then in Californis until the fall of 1862, when he returned to Calhoun and acted as recruiting officer for Adam Johnson's regiment, John H. Morgan's command, of the Confederate army. While engged in this work he was arrested and taken to Bowling Green, where he was tried for the offense of recruiting inside the Federal lines. Under an order of General Burbridge, the penalty of this offense was death, but through the mediation of friends, Judge Little was released under bond and did not take any further steps in active support of the Confederacy.
Shortly after this he went to Texas on legal business and remained there until the fall of 1864, when he resumed his practice at Calhoun. In 1868 he removed to Owensboro, wher he has ever since lived, and where he has been an active participant in many of the political events of the county and city. In 1874 he was a candidate for the office of circuit judge, but was defeated. Six years later he was nominated by the Democratic part for the office and this time was elected. During his first term he won friends, both with the members of the bar and the general public, by his straightforward course on the bench and his clean cut, impartial decisions. In 1886 he was re-elected for another term of six years.
Upon retiring from the bench in 1893, he resumed the practice of his profession and has been retained in many important actions. He prefers civil cases and in such matters he is regarded as an authority. Judge Little has also done something in the literary line. From 1876 to 1879 he was the chief editorial writer on the Owensboro Examiner; between 1884 and 1887 he wrote "Ben Hardin, His Times and Contemporaries," and he has delivered numerous lectures on literary subjects. He has always taken an active part in political affairs and as a political speaker he has few equals. He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a Past Eminent Commander of the Knights Templars.
Judge Little has been married three times. His first wife was Lizzie E. Freeman, of Woodford Co., KY, to whom he was married on April 16, 1868. Her death occurred in March 1873, and on Oct. 5, 1875, he was married to Louise A. Holloway. She died on March 4, 1887, and on Jan. 15, 1889, he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Beach, of Maryland. To these marriages, there were born the following children: L. Freeman, Lizzie E., Laura S., William, Martha B., Francis W., Catherine D., and Stanhope. (NOTE: this must have been published before 1897, ie before Douglas and C. Woodbridge were born.) Judge Little is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and has been on the board of trustees for years. He is also a member of several literary clubs. In all these organizations, as well as in the community at large, he is universally respected for his many sterling qualities.
Douglas Little (1810 - 1877)
Martha Ann Wright Little (1811 - 1901)
Fanny B Beach Little (1857 - 1939)
Louise Holloway Little (1852 - 1887)*
J Holloway Little (1879 - 1887)*
William Starling Little (1881 - 1949)*
Laura Simmons Little Hawes (1883 - 1956)*
Louise Addison Little (1885 - 1891)*
Frances Woodbridge Little (1891 - 1982)*
Catherine Douglas Little (1893 - 1973)*
Stanhope S. Little (1895 - 1960)*
Woodbridge L. Little (1900 - 1974)*
Jepha F Little (____ - 1878)*
Lucius Powhatan Little (1838 - 1918)
Lycurgus Leverett Little (1839 - 1876)*
Alonzo Woodford Little (1847 - 1929)*
Ratliff B Little (1847 - 1847)*
Mary Latta Little Fowlkes (1852 - 1928)*
Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 14, 2009
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