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Thornton, George A.

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Thornton, George A.
March 04, 2007 05:04PM
History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana From the
Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Interesting Biographical
Sketches, Reminiscences, Notes, Etc. Chicago, Goodspeed Bros., & Co.,
Publishers, 1884. Weston A. Goodspeed, Leroy C. Goodspeed, Charles L.
Goodspeed. Bourbon County.

GEORGE A. THORNTON, deceased, was born at Lexington, Indiana, October 16,
1821, a son of Henry P. and Martha (Ward) Thornton and a grandson of
Thomas Thornton, the latter a native of County Donegal, Ireland, coming to
this county when eighteen years old in 1776, and serving the Colonies in
their struggle for independence. He was wounded at Eutaw Springs, and
after the war, marrying Elizabeth Robinson, he removed to Bourbon Co.,
KY., in 1778, where both died. Henry P., Benjamin and Margaret were their
children. The former was born in North Carolina in March 1784, was
educated in Kentucky, and was a member of the Constitutional Convention
and Legislature of the latter State, and during the war of 1812 rose to
the rank of Captain in the company of the regiment commanded by Col.
Thompson, the same that is credited with the killing of Tecumseh. He
removed to the Indiana Territory at an early day, serving in the
Constitutional Convention and Legislature of this State; practiced law at
Salem and New Albany for years, and June 6, 1865, died at Bedford,
Lawrence, Indiana. George A. Thornton read law with his brother, Volney,
at Paoli, and in 1846 began practicing in Bedford. Shortly thereafter he
was appointed County Clerk, and in 1852 an 1856 was elected to that
position in Lawrence County. In 1856 he resigned to become Cashier of the
Bedford Bank, serving in the latter office until his death, September 14,
1864. He was a man of strict integrity and irreproachable character. To
this union with Mary A. Braxtan, which occurred at Paoli, July 13, 1846,
five sons and three daughters were born, six children and the mother yet
living. Thomas V. Thornton, the eldest son of George A. and Mary A.
Thornton, is the present nominee of his party for Clerk of Lawrence
County. He was born at Paoli, May 21, 1848, was educated in the public
schools of Bedford, and in June 1869, graduated from the classical course
of Hanover College. He read law with Judge Pearson, took the junior
course at lectures at the Law Department, of the State University, and in
1871 was admitted to the Lawrence County Bar. With the exception of
eighteen months, while dealing in real estate in Kansas, and three years
while book-keeper in the National Bank at Evansville, Ind., he has always
resided in Bedford, where he has been engaged in merchandising and
saw-milling. In 1881, he became interested in the Hoosier Stone Company,
since then he has been its Secretary. March 21, 1872, Miss Annie N.
Martin became his wife, and Claude M., George D., Charlotte and Marie are
their children. Mr. Thornton is a Republican, a member of the F. & A. M.,
and he and wife belong to the Presbyterian Church.
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