Atwood Gaines Hobson

Atwood Gaines Hobson

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Death 4 Jan 1899 (aged 83)
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Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 28020359 · View Source
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Atwood Gaines Hobson - Born Nov. 2, 1815 in Greensburg, Ky. Son of William Hobson and Lucy Ann Kirtley Hobson. Married Nov. 23, 1836 to Juliet Ann VanMeter. Children Lucy Usher, Mary Eliza (Mollie), Ellen Francis, William Edward, Jonathan H., Joseph VanMeter and George Atwood. He left Greensburg at the age of 14 to live with and work for his uncle, Jonathan Hobson, who held both the offices of Warren County Clerk and Circuit Clerk. When his uncle went to the General Assembly, he ran for the office of County Clerk and was elected. Under the guidance of his uncle, he became a man of means and status in Bowling Green. He became Head Cashier of the people's Bank and later became its president. A charter member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Bowling Green, he was elevated to the office of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in 1855.
An ardent pro-Union supporter, he gave speeches against the secession movement and at his personal expense bought 300 stands of rifles to equip local people who would train for defense of the Union. He employed a French professor of military science to tutor his son, William Edward and assist in training his local guards, the Bowling Green Zouaves. When the Confederates took Bowling Green in 1861 he was arrested for his pro-Union activities, but managed to escape to Louisville, KY and helped form four regiments for the Union Army. He was appointed Provost Marshal of the 3rd District in Kentucky.
He was also admitted to the Kentucky Bar, and held interest in the Portage Railroad among other endeavors. In 1880 he drilled for natural gas at Riverview in hopes of finding a less expensive means of heating and lighting his home. He hit gas, but it contained to much sulfur to be of practical use. His drill struck oil but since the time was before the advent automobile, there was little demand for petroleum. His family lived on College Street in Bowling Green (now the location of the Bowling Green Towers) in a home that served as a model for Riverview. He and his wife built Riverview and lived the remainder of their lives in the house. He died at 4:47 p.m. on Jan. 4, 1899 at Riverview and his remains are buried in Fairview Cemetery. His Photograph hangs in the main hall of the museum.



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  • Created by: Jason Hildabrand
  • Added: 3 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28020359
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Atwood Gaines Hobson (2 Nov 1815–4 Jan 1899), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28020359, citing Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Jason Hildabrand (contributor 46865352) .