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Landes, Joseph I.

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Landes, Joseph I.
March 16, 2007 03:39PM
Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky, by H. Levin, editor, 1897. Published
by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago. Reprinted by Southern Historical
Press. p. 104. Christian County.

JOSEPH I. LANDES, ex-judge of the court of Appeals, was born in
Hopkinsville, Christian county, Kentucky, January 3, 1836. His father
was Isaac Landes, a native of Rockingham county, Virginia, born October
4, 1796, his parents being Daniel and Katherine (Coffman) Landes, both
natives of Virginia, but of German extraction. They came to Kentucky and
in 1805 settled in Muhlenburg [sic] county, where they remained. Isaac
Landes married Susannah Kelly, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Summers)
Kelley, a native of Bourbon county, Kentucky, born March 3, 1803. Her
parents settled in Christian county early in the century. Joseph Kelly
was a native of Maryland, of Irish parentage; his wife was born in Fairfax
county, Virginia, and was distantly related to the Lee family. Isaac
Landes died September 29, 1870. Susannah Landes, his wife, surviving him
until February 4, 1873.
Joseph I. Landes was educated in the preparatory and academic schools
at Hopkinsville and at Hardinsburg. His early inclination was toward the
law and his study had been directed to that end. Having acquired a good
English education, he read law with Hiram A. Phelps, of Hopkinsville, a
successful and accomplished practitioner, and later attended the
University of Virginia, where he studied under Professor John B. Minor.
He was admitted to the bar in April, 1858, and entered on the practice at
once, since which time he has been actively engaged in his professional
duties, with the exception of a brief period during the war, when he served
as adjutant of the Eighth Kentucky Cavalry, United States Volunteers.
He filled acceptably the office of county attorney of Christian
county from 1862 to 1864; city judge of Hopkinsville from 1870 to 1874,
and state senator from 1893 to 1896, resigning the latter office in March,
1896, to accept an appointment to the court of appeals bench from
Governor W. O. Bradley, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge
John R. Grace. His term on the bench expired by the election of his
successor, Judge J. D. White, who took his seat December 4, 1896.
Judge Lanes has been devoted to his profession; his official life has
been in line with the exercise of his legal talent, and in the discharge
of every duty he has met the full measure of public approbation accorded
to the faithful and intelligent discharge of the trusts imposed. He has
been engaged in much of the important litigation in his section of the
state. Among other cases may be cited Clark versus McKenzie, 7 Bush,
423; Empire Coal & Mining Company versus McIntosh; 82 Kentucky, 605,
Boyd versus Randolph, auditor's agent, 91 Kentucky, 472; Beard versus
City of Hopkinsville, 95 Kentucky, 239; Brown versus Holland, 97 Kentucky,
249; Cowan versus Prowse, 93 Kentucky, 156.
Judge Landes was a supporter of the Douglas wing of the Democracy
in 1860, a Unionist during the war, and has been a consistent and
active member of the Republican party since. He is a public-spirited
and progressive citizen, looking to the best interest of the community,
the state and the nation, by contributing to the advancement of all
interests, educational, social and governmental, calculated to enhance
the well-being of the individual and the community. He is a member of
Hopkinsville Lodge, No. 37, F. & A.M., and high priest of Oriental
Chapter, No. 14, Royal Arch Masons.
Judge Landes was married April 17, 1865, to Miss Mary McDowell
Carter, a daughter of Dr. Francis Carter, who was a native of Ireland,
for many years a leading physician of Columbus, Ohio, and one of the
founders of the Medical College at that place. Her mother was Anna
(Starling) Carter, a descendant of the Starling and McDowell families,
well know in Virginia and Kentucky. The Judge's family consists of his
wife and adopted daughter, Anna, the child of his wife's sister.
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