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Dr. George W. Samuel Biography

from History of Kentucky – Edition 3

Dr. George W. Samuel was born September 29, 1839, in Robertson County, Tennessee, where he grew to manhood.  In 1860 he entered the University of Nashville, from which place he enlisted in the Confederate Army, in the capacity of assistant surgeon.  After the fall of Fort Donelson, he went to Richmond, Virginia, and was assigned to duty in Richardson Hospital.  After a short period of service there, he became tired of the inactivity of hospital life, and joined Morgan’s command as a private in Company H, Third Kentucky Cavalry, with which he served until the close of the war.  During the above period he was for a time associated as a scout with Sergeant Leger Greenfield, who was formerly colonel of the Ninety-Second Gordon Highlanders, and was one of the bravest men in the famous command to which he was attached, and it is not necessary to say, also in the entire army.  While with him Dr. Samuel’s experiences were of the most thrilling character, but space will not permit us to record them.  His father, John Samuel, was born in Tazewell County, Virginia, in 1806; he was a son of James Samuel, of Virginia, and was of English descent.  John Samuel was twice married; his first wife, whom he married in 1824, was Martha, daughter of Robert Hamilton of South Carolina, who bore him the following named children:  Robert J., Mary J. (Stone), William H., Elizabeth (McDaniel), Isaac C., Dr. George W. and John M.; he next married, in 1863, Mrs. Mary Woodward, of Robertson County, Tennessee.  They have no children.  Dr. Samuel has also been twice married; first, in September, 1869, to Lucy W., daughter of James and Margaret (Walker) Pope, of Arkansas; to them were born James T., Willie, John H. and Lucy.  In September 1875, he married his second wife, Anna, also a daughter of James Pope.  They have no children.  After the war Dr. Samuel returned to the University of Nashville, where he remained one year.  He then located in Butlersville, Allen County, Kentucky, where he pursued the practice of his profession with unusual success until 1884, when he retired from active practice and has since devoted his attention mainly to his milling business.  He has made his own way in the world.  Starting without any assistance, he has by his own ability succeeded in becoming the owner of a good saw and grist-mill and a comfortable home, besides which he is now the owner of a fine grove of orange trees in Florida.  He is a fine physician, and one of the most influential men in his district.  On the 2nd of July, 1885, the Democratic Party of the county, in convention assembled at Scottsville, gave him a unanimous vote for nominee of the party for county representative, and after an exciting contest of four weeks, he was elected by one of the largest majorities ever given in his county, being endorsed by a large element of the opposite party.

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