William Pryor Thorne, Sr

William Pryor Thorne, Sr

Birth
Eminence, Henry County, Kentucky, USA
Death 27 May 1928 (aged 85)
Eminence, Henry County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Eminence, Henry County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 28414914 · View Source
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William Pryor THORNE SR. b. March 5, 1845, northern part of Shelby County midway between Shelbyville and Eminence, d. 1928. son of William Kimberlan THORNE b. abt 1808 Shelby County, KY d. 1886 and Mary MOODY b. abt 1812 d. 1892 Henry County, KY. William Pryor was raised on a farm as his early environment but at an early age determined to follow the profession of the law. He was sixteen when the war broke out and he came to manhood and prepared for his profession while the country was involved in the great civil strife He attended Eminence College under President W.S. GILTNER and studied law with two distinguished Kentuckians his namesake Judge W.S. PRYOR and Judge George C. DRANE He was not yet twenty one when he was admitted to the bar and he opened his first office at Eminence and has been satisfied to allow his ripe achievements as a lawyer to be credited to that town of Henry County. His home there was known as 'Thornleigh' in honor of the ancestral home of his grandparents in England. Judge THORNE has practiced in all the courts and few lawyers in the state have had a more varied and important clientage during the past half century He enjoys the distinction of earning and collecting the largest cash fee of over $50,000 in one case of any lawyer in Henry County His knowledge as a lawyer his ability as a pleader and speaker and his long habit of thoughtful study of current issues in politics have enabled him to discharge many responsibilities of a public nature though he was never perhaps very actively a candidate for off1ce. He was a democrat and was prosecuting attorney of his county for four years democratic elector of his state delegate to the national convention and four times he has represented his county in the Lower House of the Legislature. While in the Legislature he was author of the THORNE Tobacco Bill the THORNE Whiskey Bill and a law compelling railroads to fence their right of way In 1903 he was elected lieutenant governor leading the democratic ticket and served the four years with Governor BECKHAM. He presided over the Senate through two regular and two special sessions and had the unique honor of not a single appeal being taken from one of his parliamentary decisions. He was state delegate to notify William J Bryan of his nomination. Mr THORNE had also been interested in banking at Eminence and has been affiliated with the Masonic Order and the Elks.

In March 27, 1866 he married Miss Anna DICKERSON b. abt 1849 in Kenton County Kentucky daughter of RA DICKERSON and sister of former Congressman W.W. DICKERSON and R.T DICKERSON president Bank of Williamstown Kentucky.
Mr and Mrs THORNE had three children:
1)Agnes P THORNE became the wife of Lindsay T. CRABB of Louisville
2)Bernice THORNE b. abt 1873 m. James E. WAUGH of Christian County Kentucky
3)William Pryor THORNE Jr. 1878 - 1947 of California m. 1st. Marguerite Gist MATHEWS b. 23 Feb. 23, 1884, Eminence, Henry CO., Kentucky.

(There is a small Lake called BURKS BRANCH north of Fox Run Road west of Eminence Pike Road (55), This may have been Called THORNES Hole in earlier years.)

He was also a Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky from 1903 to 1906 under Governor J.C.W. Beckham.

Per the 1850 census he was listed as 7 years old, and the 1860 census he was listed as 17; which would change his birth to 1843.


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  • Maintained by: Cindy TM
  • Originally Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
  • Added: 20 Jul 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 28414914
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Pryor Thorne, Sr (5 Mar 1843–27 May 1928), Find a Grave Memorial no. 28414914, citing Eminence Cemetery, Eminence, Henry County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Cindy TM (contributor 46849602) .