Henderson County, Kentucky Biography



           Hon. J. H. POWELL, mayor of Henderson, Kentucky, is a native of that city and a descendant of one of the most illustrious families of the Blue Grass State. He is a son of Lazarus POWELL, who occupied with distinction the gubernatorial chair of Kentucky, and also represented the state in the United States Senate with signal ability. After receiving a liberal education J. H. POWELL took up the study of law and, in a short time after his admission, won a distinguished place among the leading lawyer of his section of the state by his earnest efforts in behalf of his clients, his careful preparation of the cases entrusted to him, and his eloquence as an advocate. For eighteen years he occupied the office of district attorney, and during that time established a reputation as an able, fearless, and conscientious public official. Mr. POWELL is a man of varied attainments. As a public speaker he is justly entitled to a place among the leading orators of the day. The demand for his services in this line led him, some years ago, to enter the lecture field, where he met with popular favor, and only discontinued the vocation on account of failing health. His well known progressiveness and public spirit marked him out as a suitable candidate for the mayoralty and he was elected to the office by his fellow townsmen. As the chief municipal executive his course has been at once conservative and positive. His highest aim has been to serve the city's interests, and to this end he has carefully avoided everything that would involve the city in needless indebtedness or expensive litigation, yet he has always stood up for those measures that he felt confident would redound to the interests of Henderson and her people. Were he eligible for re-election it is safe to say that he would succeed himself by an overwhelming majority.

           Mr. POWELL (wife Mary A. Alves) has five sons and a daughter. Each of the sons had made a name for himself in his chosen calling. Robert A. POWELL is the representative at Henderson, of the St. Bernard Coal and Coke Company, the largest concern of its kind in the state; Laz. W. POWELL is the county clerk of Henderson County; Henry J. POWELL is the state agent for the Equitable Life Insurance Company of New York; J. Stephen POWELL is associated with his father in the practice of law, and is regarded as one of the most promising young attorneys at the Henderson bar; William POWELL is associated with his brother in writing insurance for the Equitable Life Insurance Company.

           Lower Ohio Valley, Federal Publishing Company, 1905


John Stevenson Powell, born 5 Jun 1868, died 12 Jan 1911, Fernwood
William G. Powell, born 3 Nov 1873, died 10 May 1936, Fernwood

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