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Crutcher, Benjamin A.

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Crutcher, Benjamin A.
March 16, 2007 02:10PM
HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS, E. Polk Johnson, three volumes, Lewis
Publishing Co., New York & Chicago, 1912. Common version,
Vol. III, pp. 1267-68. [Full page photograph of Mr. Crutcher included with
[Clark County]

BENJAMIN A. CRUTCHER, who in the general practice of law has built up an
extensive patronage indicative of his comprehensive knowledge of the
principles of jurisprudence and his correct adaptation thereof to the
points in litigation, has been numbered among the members of the bar since
1884. He is at present commonwealth attorney, residing in Winchester,
Mr. Crutcher was born in Jessamine county, Kentucky, June 21, 1856,
the son of Thomas B. and Sarah (Price) Crutcher. His father was born in
Jefferson county, Kentucky, February 14, 1831, and died in Jessamine
county, Kentucky, at the age of seventy-two years. His mother was born at
Bardstown, Nelson county, Kentucky, February 21, 1831 and is still living
at Nicholasville, Kentucky. They were the parents of seven children,
of whom six are living: John A., living in Louisville, Kentucky; Benjamin
A.; Lizzie, in Nicholasville; Sallie, deceased; Carrie, Thomas B. and
Fannie, the last three living in Nicholasville. Our subject's grandfather,
Norvill Crutcher, and his wife, Sarah (Pollock) Crutcher, were natives
of Virginia and of Welsh descent. They came to Jessamine county, Kentucky,
when our subject's father was a boy, having previously lived in Jefferson
county. Thomas B. Crutcher, the father, was given a common school
education and for fifty years he was in the mercantile business in
Nicholasville. He was police judge and served on the city council for a
number of years and was an active member of the Baptist church. He took a
great interest in educational work and was president of the Jessamine
Female Institute and promoted Bethel Academy and family combined the two
schools into one.
Mr. Benjamin A. Crutcher was reared in Nicholasville, Kentucky, where
he began his education by attending the common and graded schools, and
continued by his taking a literary course at William Jewell College, at
Liberty, Ohio, from which he returned home. While working in his father's
store, he read law and was admitted to the bar in 1884, and immediately
began the practice of his profession. Mr. Crutcher was elected county
attorney and served one term, then was re-elected and served until he was
elected commonwealth attorney in 1892, when he resigned the office of the
county attorney. At the first election he had some opposition, but since
then he has had none, and as he is serving his fourth term, the completion
of the present one will make twenty-four years in all. In 1907 Mr.
Crutcher removed to Clark county and purchased a farm of one hundred and
fifty acres on the Paris Pike, where he resided until the spring of 1910,
when he removed to Winchester. His district is composed of Clark,
Jessamine, Madison and Powell counties.
Mr. Crutcher married, in 1879, Cora Ogden, a native of Winchester,
Kentucky, who died in 1889 at the age of thirty years. She was a daughter
of James and Mary (Baldwin) Ogden. Three children were born of this
union: Mary, at home; James O., of Winchester; and Allan, at home. Mr.
Crutcher's second marriage occurred on November 24, 1892, to Emma Hedges,
who was born in Circleville, Ohio, December 12, 1858, a daughter of
Joshua Hedges, of Pickaway county, Ohio. One child has been born to this
union, William, who is at home. Mr. Crutcher is a member of the fraternal
orders of Masons, Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, being connected
with these orders in Nicholasville and with the Elks in Winchester. He
and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church South. Mr.
Crutcher in politics has been a life-long Democrat, and, keeping well
informed on the questions and issues of the day, is able to support his
position by intelligent argument. He takes an active interest in
community affairs and has been influential in the ranks of his party,
doing all in his power to promote its growth and secure its success. His
is a well rounded character, in which the varied interests of citizenship,
of professional service, home and social life have received due attention.
He is a well read man, has a host of friends, and is all relations he has
commanded the esteem of those with whom he has come in contact, while the
community interests have benefited by his co-operation and practical labor.

Crutcher Price Pollock Ogden Baldwin Hedges
Jessamine-KY Bardstown-Nelson-KY Louisville-Jefferson-KY
Circleville-Pickaway-OH VA

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