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Marshall, Thornton F., Hon.

Posted by Carol Eddleman 
Marshall, Thornton F., Hon.
March 07, 2007 03:27PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B
Bracken County

HON. THORNTON F. MARSHALL, was born in Bracken County, Ky., July 4, 1819,
and is a son of Martin and Matilda B. (Taliaferro) Marshall, the latter a
daughter of Nicholas B. Taliaferro, of Bracken County. Martin Marshall was
a native of Fauquier County, VA., and came to Kentucky when a child with his
parents, who settled in Shelby County in 1798. He was a lawyer by
profession and his practice extended over many counties of Kentucky and
Ohio. He was elected to the Legislature in 1808, being subsequently
re-elected, after which he resumed his practice which was large and
lucrative. Among the children of Martin Marshall was William C., a lawyer
of Augusta, who died in 1869, Nicholas T., an eminent physician and a member
of the faculty of the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati, and Thomas A., a
lawyer of Vicksburg, Miss. William Marshall, grandfather of our subject, a
native of Virginia, settled in Kentucky in 1778. He married Miss Pickett,
of Fauquier County, Va. He was one of the earliest Baptist preachers of
Kentucky and died in the pulpit at Shelbyville. His father was John
Marshall, also of Virginia. Nicholas B. Taliaferro, the maternal
grandfather of our subject, was an early settler of Kentucky from Virginia.
He was a father of W.T. Taliaferro, a celebrated physician of Cincinnati and
a partner of Nicholas T. Marshall. Thornton F. Marshall was educated at
Augusta College and also at Centre College, Danville, Ky. He left the
latter institution in 1830 and began reading law with his father at Augusta.
He was admitted to the bar in 1842, and began the practice of the legal
profession at Augusta. In 1843 he was appointed county attorney, holding
the office until the new constitution was adopted in 1851, after which he
was twice elected to the same office, making sixteen years of continuous
service. In 1851, while at the Cleveland, Ohio, Water Cure for his health,
he was nominated by the Democratic party for State Senator to which office
he was elected by a large majority. He was a delegate to the Chicago
National Convention in 1864, and was Elector for the State at large for the
same year. He was previously a member of the old Whig party and was a warm
supporter of Henry Clay. Mr. Marshall stands first among the lawyers of
eastern Kentucky, and is a man of fine personal and social habits, and
maintains in his own life the admirable traits of the Marshall family. He
was married, in 1843, to Miss Eliza Mackie, only daughter of Dr. George W.
Mackie, of Augusta, who came originally from Maryland.
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