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Troutman, Francis

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Troutman, Francis
March 04, 2007 05:05PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 6th ed., 1887,
Bourbon Co.

FRANCIS TROUTMAN was a native of Bourbon County, son of Peter and Catherine
(Giltner) Troutman, pioneer families of the same county. He received his
education in the schools of his county, and studied law under Judge George
Robertson, of Lexington. He engaged in the practice years in Paris, his
county seat. His experience of a few years tested his power and acumen.
At that time the people of Kentucky had become very sensitive under the
interference of more northern States with their domestic institution, and
Kentucky plaintiffs employed him to test in the United States Court in
Detroit, Mich., a case against citizens of that State for forcibly
detaining fugitives from Kentucky. As this involved a question vital to
the interests of Kentuckians, it elicited much interest. After a long and
severe contest he gained his cause, and established the principle. His
private business demanding so much of his time, he gave up the practice of
law, and entered more actively upon other pursuits; being in perfect
sympathy with men, he entered with zest into every good word and work.
His dealings were noted for their great benevolence; his intimate friends
considered him a wise and able counselor, of clear, comprehensive
judgment, with good executive ability, and his integrity of character, an
active worker in every enterprise looking to public welfare. His most
pleasing traits gave him strong devoted friendships, and enthroned him
supremely in the hearts of his family, where he found the most gratifying,
well-springs of affection. He died at Charleston, Ill, November 9, 1881,
on his return from St. Louis, where he had been a delegate to the
Mississippi River convention, being a strong advocate of measures looking
to the improvement of this great water thoroughfare. The two years
preceding his death he had been an earnest worker in the Christian Church
for the erection of a more commodious house of worship; which he lived to
see dedicated, his own funeral being the first from the noble body of men
who comprised the building committee, that sought to consecrate to God
this beautiful temple of worship. He was married twice; his first wife
died while on a trip to Europe. His second wife, who was Miss Dicken,
together with their three children--two sons and a daughter--survive him.
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