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DeHaven, Samuel E.

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DeHaven, Samuel E.
March 01, 2007 07:08PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 6th ed., 1887,
Oldham Co.

HON. SAMUEL E. DeHAVEN was born in Jefferson County, Ky., on April 8, 1826.
His grandfather, Samuel DeHaven, came from Virginia at an early period
in the history of the State, and settled in Scott County, Ky., but
subsequently removed to Connorsville, Ind., where he ended his days,
leaving a large family of children. Among these was Christopher DeHaven,
the father of our subject, who married Miss Jane Petit, and passed his life
in Jefferson County, Ky., where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He
led a humble, retired life, characterized by the strictest integrity, and
acquired the reputation of a useful and upright member of the community in
which he resided. In religious affairs he was associated with the
membership, and was a firm believer in the tenets of the Reformed Baptist
Church. His children were eight in number, viz.: Mary, wife of Thomas
Oglesby, of Jeffersonville, Ind.; William, deceased; Elizabeth, wife of
John H. Skinner, of Jefferson County, Ky.; Samuel E.; Warner, deceased;
Jane, wife of Timothy Peyton, also residing in Jefferson County; Martha,
who married A. W. Root, and occupied the old DeHaven homestead in Jefferson
County, and Christopher DeHaven, who also lives in Jefferson County.
Samuel E. DeHaven was reared upon the paternal farm in Jefferson County;
where he was early inured to habits of industry and thrift, and where he
acquired many of those characteristics that have since proven so valuable
to him in the real battle of life. His earliest education was obtained
at the common English schools of his neighborhood, and at the age of
fourteen he went to Illinois, where he worked for two years on a farm.
Returning to Jefferson County he taught school for several terms, and in
1845 entered St. Joseph's College at Bardstown, where he enjoyed the
benefits of thorough academic instruction, and was duly graduated with the
degree of bachelor of arts in 1848. Soon after he engaged in teaching
school at Westport, Oldham County, and while so employed studied law with
George Armstrong, of that place. He was duly admitted to the Oldham bar
in 1850, and in October of that year located at LaGrange, the county seat,
where he has since resided. By close application to business, and careful
study, he soon acquired a large and remunerative practice, and became
recognized as one of the leading lawyers of his section, practicing
chiefly in the courts of Trimble, Henry and Oldham Counties, In August,
1876, he was elected circuit judge of the Seventeenth Judicial District
of Kentucky, embracing the counties of Oldham, Trimble, Henry, Shelby,
Anderson, Spencer and Bullitt, being the first judge of the new district.
He served four years, and at the regular election for circuit judges, in
1880, was re-elected without opposition for the full term of six years,
and in August, 1886, was again chosen to occupy the same responsible
place, which his is still filling, having five years of his present term
yet to serve. Judge DeHaven has always been an ardent and consistent
member of the Democratic party, and during the stormy period of the civil
war was in warm sympathy with the Union cause, and did all that he could
to prevent the disintegration of the Nation, and to put down the Rebellion.
He was elected to represent Oldham County in the lower branch of the
Legislature in 1857-58, and, in 1859, was elected to the Senate to
represent the counties of Henry, Oldham and Trimble, serving for four
years. After the close of his term he was again chosen to represent
Oldham County in the Lower House, and served two years longer in that
position. The period of his services in both branches of the Legislature
thus embraced the time in which the stormy discussions occurred preceding
the war, and during which all the war measures adopted by the State were
inaugurated. Judge De Haven performed the full duty of a patriot during
this trying period, assuming a prominent place among his fellows, and
serving as chairman of the finance committee while in the Senate, and as
chairman of the ways and means committee in the House. Aside from his
professional and political prominence in Oldham County, Judge DeHaven
has also been prominently identified with the business and material
welfare of that section. He was one of the organizers of the Oldham Bank
at LaGrange in May, 1885, and has since occupied the position of president
of that institution. He has large landed interests in Oldham, Henry and
Jefferson Counties, and has for many years been actively engaged in
farming operations in both counties, not hesitating to go into the field
and labor himself when occasion required. As a citizen he is held in
the highest respect and esteem, enjoying the confidence and trust of
many friends, and as a judge is remarkable for the promptness with which
he dispatches the business of his circuit, as well as for the impartiality
and legal soundness of his decisions, which are seldom overruled by the
court of appeals. He has acquired a large estate, but is still actively
engaged in professional and general business. He married, in April, 1883,
Miss Bettie Russel, of Oldham County, who is his living helpmeet and
companion at the present writing. There are no children.

DeHaven Petit Oglesby Skinner Peyton Root Armstrong Russel
Jefferson-KY IN IL VA

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