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Emerson, John

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Emerson, John
March 10, 2007 06:54PM
A History of Kentucky, Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities,
Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers,
Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers,
Merchants, and other leading men of all occupations and pursuits by
William B. Allen, Bradley & Gilbert, Louisville, Ky., 1872. Reprinted
1967 by the Green County Historical Society. pp. 347-348. Green County.

John Emerson was admitted to the bar at the August Court. He was one
of the earliest settlers of the town, being there the year before
Greensburg was laid off and established as the county-seat. He was raised
to some mechanical art, but never followed it in Kentucky. He studied law
after he came to Greensburg. He emigrated from Pennsylvania in company
with his brother-in-law, John Johnson, who was one of the first justices
of the peace for Green County. Mr. Emerson was a man of good natural
sense, and possessed of considerable wit. His education was quite
limited, writing a poor hand, and reading badly. He was voluble, however,
as a speaker, and spoke with intense animation and rapidity - never
appeared at a loss for words to express his ideas. When he became greatly
enlisted in a cause, or rather under the excitement of his feelings, while
speaking, his face would redden and his mouth froth, and his
gesticulations became vehement. He was an advocate rather than a special
pleader; for the latter he, for the most part, relied upon those who were
engaged on the same side of the cause with him. He was a man of great
goodness of heart and benevolence of feeling. He was a great friend to
the poor, and would do anything in his power to alleviate their distress
or to calm their afflictions. He abominated misers, usurers, hard
masters, and cruelty in any form. As a lawyer, he never prosecuted in any
case. When employed, it was always for the defense. If the criminal was
too poor to give a fee, he was certain to volunteer in his behalf. He had
a great desire for office, especially a seat in the Legislature. He was a
standing candidate for the Legislature for a period of nearly thirty
years, except on one occasion when a candidate for Governor. In that
period he was elected to the House of Representatives five or six times;
but never two years in succession. One year he would get but few votes;
another year his majority would be overwhelming. For the office of
Governor he obtained very few votes. He was one of the earliest justices
of the county, and held that place until by seniority he became entitled
to the sheriffality of the county under the Consititution, but for some
reason was not permitted to qualify. In 1795 Mr. Emerson was dismissed
from the bar of the Quarter-Session Court, and the year following from the
bar of the County Court, but for what cause cannot be ascertained from the
record. At the May Court, 1801, however, the records show that he was
re-admitted, and that he continued to practice until his removal from
Greensburg. About the year 1826, being quite old, he removed to
Burksville, Cumberland County, where nearly all his children then resided.
At this place, a few years afterward, he died of cancer.

Emerson Johnson
PA Burksville-Cumberland-KY

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