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Needham, Tim

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Needham, Tim
March 12, 2007 09:41PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed.,
1887, Grant Co.

TIM NEEDHAM, cashier of the bank of Williamstown, was born in Cumberland
County, Ill., May 28, 1842, and is the fifth child of a family of eleven
born to P. S. and Rebecca (South) Needham. P. S. Needham was born in
Pennsylvania, April 24, 1812. He came to Kentucky with his parents when
he was twelve years of age, and settled in Hardin County where he was
reared. He was a carpenter and millwright by trade, also a miller and
farmer. After marrying he moved to Cumberland County, Ill, lived there
a few years, then returned to Hardin County, Ky., and remained until his
death, which occurred June 9, 1886. He was a strict member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mrs. Rebecca Needham was born in
Virginia, and was a daughter of William and Margaret (Donan) South. At
an early age Tim Needham was taken to Hardin County, Ky., by his
parents, and was educated at the common schools. At the age of sixteen
he commenced teaching, and taught until 1853. He then commenced to read
law under Judge Horace G. V. Wintersmith, of Elizabethtown, Ky., and was
admitted to the bar in the fall of 1864. He attended the Louisville Law
School in 1865-66, and was one of the thirty-eight who graduated in the
spring of the latter year. He immediately returned to Elizabethtown,
pursued his profession diligently and successfully until 1869, when he
moved to Louisville, and, in conjunction with his practice, published a
paper called the Kentucky Templar, afterward known as the Good Templars'
Advocate. He remained in Louisville for about five years, and while
there was a law partner with Maj. W. R. Kinney and J. D. Duncan. In
1874 moved to Owensboro, Ky., and became a law partner of Judge Little,
remained two years, then returned to Louisville, and engaged in the
newspaper business and temperance work for about three years. Next he
went to Williamstown, and was a law partner with E. H. Smith from 1878
to 1882. October 3, 1878, he married Kate Smith, of Grant County, Ky.,
daughter of E. H. and Sallie C. (O'Hara) Smith. One child has blessed
this union, Hubbard S. In 1880 Mr. Needham secured the charter for the
Bank of Williamstown, became cashier in 1882, and still holds that
position. He owns 130 acres of fine land, and a nice brick residence
and business block in Williamstown. Mr. Needham is a natural born
lawyer, an original thinker, and an able speaker, and success similar
to his has seldom been achieved. His gifts to charity and for
benevolent purposes are more than the common public know of. He is a
live, energetic citizen; a gentleman of ability, culture and varied
accomplishments. His moral character is high, and his manners modest
and unassuming. He is a strict member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church South, is a member of the I.O.O.F., Temple of Honor, Good
Templars and Sons of Temperance. His wife is a member of the Catholic
Church. August 1, 1887, he was elected to the Legislature as the
nominee of the Democratic party.

Needham South Donan Wintersmith Kinney Duncan Little Smith O'Hara
Hardin-KY Louisville-Jefferson-KY Owensboro-Daviess-KY Cumberland-IL PA

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