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Samuel L. Curry, Biography

from Mercer County, Kentucky – Biographies

Samuel L. Curry was born April 9, 1858, in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and was the third of three sons and two daughters born to James A. and Elizabeth (Lewis) Curry.  James A. Curry was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, January 23, 1829.  He attended the schools of the town, but is principally self-educated.  He learned the tailor’s trade, but in 1855 entered the drug business at Harrodsburg.  In 1878 he located in Danville, Kentucky, and in 1883 he moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to become a member of the wholesale grocery firm of Curry, Howard and Murray.  He is a son of James Curry, who was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, March 25, 1797, and was a carpenter by trade.  He married Catherine Stagg, and to them were born and reared five sons and one daughter.  He was a soldier of 1812, and participated in the battle of New Orleans; his parents came from Virginia, and were among the early settlers of Mercer County.  He died at his work-bench, plane in hand, December 22, 1877.  Catherine Stagg was born in Pennsylvania, October 10, 1794; died at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, November 23, 1871.  The mother of Samuel L. was a daughter of Thomas P. and Arethusa (Yantis) Lewis, natives of Kentucky, and parents of three children, all daughters.  Samuel L. Curry was reared in Harrodsburg, educated at Centre College, Danville, graduated in the class of 1878 as A. B.  He was immediately taken into the firm of J. A. Curry and Sons, and continued in the drug business until the dissolution of the firm in January, 1883.  From Danville he went to Louisville, Kentucky, and, as a member of the firm of Curry and Dearing, engaged in the book and stationery business.  His health failing he sold his interest in March, 1885, and a short while thereafter accepted a position with Curry, Howard and Murray, at Lexington, which he held until his death July 7, 1886.  His life was one of singular purity; his every action directed by the nicest sense of honor.  His death was peculiarly distressing.  Overcome with heat while bathing, he went down within a few feet of his brother, who thought him only diving, and his body was not recovered until after two hours of diligent search.

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