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Landes, Joseph I.

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Landes, Joseph I.
March 16, 2007 03:40PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis
Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 27-28. Christian Co.


Judge Joseph I. Landes. a prominent attorney of Hopkinsville,
Kentucky, was born in the same town, January 3, 1836, and is the
descendant of an honorable family on both the paternal and maternal
sides. The Landes family is of German descent and originated in the
state of Pennsylvania, whence they emigrated to the valley of
Virginia, and it was here that Daniel Landes, the grandfather of Judge
Landes, was born, as was also Daniel's son, Isaac. Daniel moved from
Botetourt county, Virginia, in 1805, to Kentucky, where Isaac Landes
was reared and educated. He began his career as a clerk in
Greenville, Kentucky. He came to Hopkinsville about 1820, and was in
the mercantile business in that town up to 1857, when he engaged in
capitalistic enterprises for a time, but finally returned to
merchandising, and death met him while he was still in that
occupation, in 1870. For many years he was accounted one of the
leading business men of that part of the country. He was a member of
the Presbyterian church. His wife was Susanna Kelly, a native of
Bourbon county, Kentucky, where she was born in 1803, but was reared
in Christian county, where she was brought as an infant. Her death
occurred in 1873. Her father was Joseph Kelly, of Irish stock, and
was born in Maryland, September 29, 1764. He married, in Fairfax
county, Virginia, Elizabeth Summers, who was a native of that county
and four years his junior; she was of Scotch descent. Mr. and Mrs.
Kelly came to Bourbon county, Kentucky, later to Christian county,
where he died in 1859 and she in 1857. Isaac Landes and wife had five
children: Susanna, born 1830, died in 1840; Catharine E., born June
8, 1828, is the widow of James Rutherford and lives in Hopkinsville;
Benjamin D., born in 1834, is a farmer of Logan county, Kentucky;
Joseph I. is the next; and Samuel J., born in 1843, lives in
Greenville, Kentucky.
Joseph I. Landes was reared in Hopkinsville, and was educated in
the high schools of the state and in the University of Virginia. He
early took up the study of law with one of the leading lawyers of
Kentucky and completed his course in the law school of the University
of Virginia, being licensed to practice in 1858. He was admitted to
the bar and began his practice in Hopkinsville in 1859, and this has
been the scene of his efforts to the present time. He was county
Attorney from 1862 to 1866; Judge of Hopkinsville City Court from 1870
to 1874; and in 1893 was elected to the Kentucky Senate from the sixth
senatorial district, and served two terms, resigning his place as
legislator to accept the appointment of Judge of the Court of Appeals
of Kentucky, which had been tendered him by Governor Bradley because
of the vacancy occasioned by the death of John R. Grace. Judge Landes
filled this position until his successor was elected by the people in
1896, since which time he has been steadily engaged in the regular
practice of his profession. At the present time he holds the position
of Referee in Bankruptcy for the District County of the United States,
for the Western District of Kentucky, comprising the counties of
Christian, Caldwell, Crittenden, Hopkins, Lyon, Trigg and Webster.
Judge Landes has been a member of the Presbyterian church since
boyhood, and has been superintendent of the Sunday-School since 1865,
and Ruling Elder of the Presbyterian Church since 1867, and has been
active in all the affairs of religious work. He is a Mason and has
been Master of his Lodge, and was High Priest of his Chapter. He was
married April 27, 1865, in Columbus, Ohio, to Mary, the eldest
daughter of Dr. Frances Carter, of that city. She was born in
Illinois, but was reared and educated at Columbus. There are no
children of this union.
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