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Latham, John C.

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Latham, John C.
March 16, 2007 03:38PM
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by
William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, pp. 380-381.

JOHN C. LATHAM, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in
Russellville, Logan Co., Ky., November 6, 1814. The parents, John and
Nancy (Morehead) Latham, came to Kentucky from Virginia in early life,
and were married in Logan County, whence they came to Christian County
about 1819. They located a short distance from Hopkinsville, where they
died. John C. is the fifth of a family of seven children, but three of
whom are now living: John C. and two sisters, one the widow of Charles
Bradshaw of Jefferson County, Ill., the other the widow of Maj.
McGoodwin, of Danville, Ky. The subject of these lines was educated in
Hopkinsville, which has been his home since the days of his boyhood.
Early in life he became Deputy Clerk of the Circuit Court of Christian
County, whose duties he performed for nearly four years. In 1854 he was
elected to the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court, serving in that
capacity for eight consecutive years. Besides being a county official
he has been intimately connected with the city government of
Hopkinsville for many years, filling all the more responsible positions
of trust. During his incumbency as a county officer he improved his
leisure time in the study of law and was admitted to practice, never,
however, with a view to adopting the law as a profession, but that he
might be the better qualified for a business career. For sixteen years
he was interested in the mercantile business, and in 1865 was elected
President of the Bank of Hopkinsville upon the organization of that
institution, in which he is one of the stockholders, and of which he has
since been the executive head. Mr. Latham was married June 28, 1842, to
Miss Virginia Glass, of Hopkinsville. She was born in Virginia, but
came with her parents to Christian Co., Ky., in childhood. Their
marriage has been blessed with three children: John C. Latham, Jr., a
banker of New York City, who married Mary L., daughter of Thomas H.
Allen, of Memphis, Tenn.; Mary R. Latham and Charles M. Lathan, the
latter a merchant of Hopkinsville, who married Lou T., daughter of Col.
Thomas W. White, of Hernando, Miss.
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