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Phelps, Hiram A.

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Phelps, Hiram A.
March 16, 2007 03:22PM
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by
William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, p. 395.
Hopkinsville City and Precinct.

HIRAM A. PHELPS, the oldest practicing lawyer in Hopkinsville, was born in
July, 1812, in Caldwell County, Ky. When fifteen years old he went to
Lexington, Ky., and there learned the trade of carriage-maker, at which he
worked until coming to Hopkinsville, Ky., in 1834. At that time his
father, John Phelps, was Clerk of the Circuit Court of Christian County.
Hiram A. obtained the position of Deputy, and during his stay in the
office was also engaged in reading law. He afterward continued his
studies in the office of Ninian E. Gray, with whom he practiced for some
time after his admission in 1841. He is one of the Trustees of the Bethel
Female College and a member of Hopkinsville Lodge, No. 37, A. F. & A. M.,
and of the Oriental Chapter, No. 14, R. A. M. He was married in
Hopkinsville in November, 1842, to Miss Cornelia F. Campbell, daughter of
John P. Campbell and Mary A. Buckner. She was born in Christian County in
1822. They have ten children living, viz.: Augusta (wife of William
Cowan), John, Mary (wife of Dr. John Q. Thomas), Lucy (wife of John R.
Green), James, Fannie, Cornelia, Mattie, Lillie, Bell Phelps. John
Phelps, junior member of the law firm of H. A. Phelps & Son, was born in
the town of Hopkinsville, February 9, 1845. He was educated in the
Hopkinsville schools, and in 1867 began the study of law with his father.
he was admitted to the bar in 1868, since which date he has been in
constant practice in Hopkinsville, and in the early part of his legal
career served as City Attorney. He was married to Miss Emma, daughter of
Robert and Mary McReynolds, on the 13th day of November, 1866. She was
born in Hopkinsville, Ky., in 1845, and died August 22, 1871, leaving one
son - Hugh Phelps.
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