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Willingham, Robert O., Jr.

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Willingham, Robert O., Jr.
March 14, 2007 03:17PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis
Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 93-94. Carlisle Co.


Robert O. Willingham, Jr., the popular deputy clerk of Carlisle
county, where for six years he has filled the position, was born upon a
farm in this county, March 17, 1879. His parents were Robert O. and Fronia
(Sanford) Willingham. The former is a native of Carlisle county and is a
son of Thomas T. and Sallie (Reese) Willingham, one of the pioneer settlers
of what is now Carlisle county. From that time to the present
representatives of the name have been prominent and active in advancing
measures and movements for the general good, and the Willingham family has
ever been an honored one here. The father of our subject still resides in
Bardwell, and is one of the leading and influential citizens of the town
and county.
Robert O. Willingham, Jr., obtained a fair common school education and
then turned his attention to the mastery of a commercial course. He had
the misfortune to lose his right hand, and in order to fit himself for a
position in the business world he entered the Falls Business College of
Nashville, Tennessee, where he pursued a course in stenography and
type-writing, becoming very proficient therein, so much so that since that
time he has engaged in teaching those branches to a greater or less extent
in Bardwell. When only eighteen years of age he was appointed deputy
county clerk, and has since acted in that capacity, displaying unusual
fitness for the position. After studying law in the office of W.J. White,
of Bardwell, until qualified for practice, he successfully passed an
examination whereby he was admitted to the bar in 1901. Realizing the
difficulty confronting a young man in the building up of a law practice
among old and prominent lawyers, and being under necessity of applying his
efforts in lines which would give him quicker returns of revenue than would
the practice of law, he accordingly turned his attention in other
directions. For one year Mr. Willingham served as a stenographer in the
law office of the Hon. R.J. Bugg, of Bardwell, but since then he has
devoted all of his time and attention to his duties as deputy county clerk,
much of the work in the office devolving upon him, because Mr. Young, who
is his superior in office, is largely engaged with his duties as cashier of
the People's Bank of Bardwell.
Mr. Willingham is a member of the Baptist church, and belongs to the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a popular young man, energetic,
enterprising, genial and affable, and he has many friends in his native
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