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Turney, Matt, Judge

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Turney, Matt, Judge
March 04, 2007 05:08PM
History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed.
by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 803.
[Bourbon County] [Paris and Precinct]

JUDGE MATT TURNEY, attorney, Paris, is descended from one of Bourbon
County's early pioneers named Daniel Turney, who moved from the Shenandoah
Valley of Virginia to Bourbon County, Ky., when but one house was standing
on the ground where now stands the city of Paris; he engaged in farming in
Bourbon County and continued the same until his death; among the children
born to him in Bourbon County was the father of Judge Amos Turney, who
also spent his life in agricultural pursuits; he married Miss Lucinda
McIntyre, whose people were also early settlers of Bourbon County, though
her grandparents first settled in Nicholas County. The early life of the
Judge was spent on his father's farm; he is one of a family of eight
children, most of whom are well known to the people of Bourbon County; he
began the study of law when he was twenty-one years old, with General
Croxton, of Paris; he then attended law school in Cincinnati, where he
graduated in April 1861; he began practicing in Paris; directly after
quitting college, where his success has been of a nature sufficiently
inducing to him him from seeking a new location; he has been, for many
years, prominently identified with the political history of his native
county; in 1866 he was elected by the Democratic party, with which party,
since becoming a man, he has affiliated, to the office of County Attorney,
for a four years' term; in 1877 he was elected to fill the unexpired term
of Judge R. Hawes, as County Judge of Bourbon County; at the end of his
service, he was re-elected to the same office for four years, and is at
present engaged in the discharge of his duties; he is now the nominee of
the Democratic party for re-election. Judge Turney was married in 1867
to Miss Mary L. Goodman of Bourbon County; they have but one child living,
who bears the name of his father, Matt; their oldest child, a boy, was
burned to death on Nov. 30, 1872, by his clothing accidentally catching
on fire. To whatever height Judge Turney may have climbed in the
estimation of the citizens of Bourbon County, is due to his own energy
and hard study; his position of honor and trust before the public, for so
many years, is the best of evidence of the justice of his verdicts, and
the careful observance of his duties.
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