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Fryer, Louis P.

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Fryer, Louis P.
March 16, 2007 02:13PM
History of Kentucky, five volumes, edited by Judge Charles Kerr,
American Historical Society, New York & Chicago, 1922, Vol. 5, p.221,
Clark County

LOUIS P. FRYER, of Butler, is rounding out eighteen years of
consecutive years of consecutive service as judge of the Eighteenth
Judicial District. He has practiced law in Pendleton County thirty-six
years, and his abilities as a lawyer and his worth as a citizens have
brought him repeated honors in public affairs, so that his official
service has been almost continuous with his law practice.
Judge Fryer was born near Butler January 10, 1864, and four
generations of the family have lived in that community. His
great-grandfather was a native of Scotland and was the founder of the
family in Pendleton County, where he lived the life of a farmer.
William Fryer, grandfather of Judge Fryer, spent all his life in the
vicinity of Butler, and was likewise identified with agricultural
pursuits. John H. Fryer, father of Judge Fryer, was born near Butler in
1832, and after his marriage for twenty years lived at Falmouth, where
he earned a high reputation as a lawyer. He was a graduate of the law
department of the University of Michigan. From Falmouth he returned to
Butler, and lived on his farm there until his death in 1904. Originally
he was a democrat, but in later years affiliated with the republican
party. He was a very active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
John H. Fryer married Frances Norris, who lived all her life in
Pendleton County and was born and died near Butler. Of their children
Calvin, the oldest, is a farmer near Butler; Laura, living on her farm
near Butler, is the widow of Lafayette McClung, a printer for many years
and later a farmer; Louis P. was the third among the children; Alvin
died at the age of fifteen, and two others died in infancy.
Louis P. Fryer attended the public schools of Falmouth and Butler,
graduated from the Falmouth Academy in 1883, and pursued his law studies
in his father's office until his admission to the bar in 1885. Judge
Fryer kept his offices as an attorney at Falmouth from his admission to
the bar until January, 1904. He was admitted to the bar when twenty-one
years of age, and about that time was chosen police judge of Falmouth,
serving three terms. He was county attorney one term and commonwealth
attorney from 1897 to 1903. The valuable services he rendered in these
offices was an important factor in his elevation to the bench. Judge
Fryer began his first six year term as judge of the Eighteenth Judicial
District in January, 1904. He was re-elected in 1909 and agin in 1915.
This judicial district comprises the counties of Pendleton, Harrison,
Nicholas and Robertson. Judge Fryer has his offices and home in a very
beautiful residence just out of the corporate limits of Butler. The
house stands on an elevation and is surrounded by large and well kept
Judge Fryer is a democrat in politics, a member of the Christian
Church, and is affiliated with the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and
a member of the Kentucky State Bar Association. He gave an active and
helpful influence to the promotion of the success of all war drives in
Pendleton County. In July, 1918, at Lexington, Judge Fryer married Miss
Eva Bradford, a native of Cincinnati. Alvin died at the age of fifteen,
and two others died in infancy.

Bradford Fryer McClung Norris

OH Scotland

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