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George Washington, Jr., Biography

IMG_2637George Washington, Jr., 1843-1905.  Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell County, Kentucky

from Kentucky – A History of the State, by Perrin, 1887

Campbell County, Kentucky

George Washington, one of the leading lawyers of Newport, Kentucky, was born December 25, 1843, in Newport, Campbell County.  He is a son of George Washington, a native of Jefferson County, Virginia, who was born in 1817, and whose father was Samuel Washington, the son of Thornton.  The latter was a son of Samuel Washington, who was a brother of General George Washington.  The mother of our subject was Martha Doxon, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Nolan) Doxon.  John Doxon was of Irish ancestry, and his wife of an old and distinguished Virginian family.  Martha, mother of the subject of this sketch, was born in 1823, and died in 1876; they were members of the Episcopal Church.  George Washington, the father of our subject, was a steamboat captain for many years.  He died in 1859.  George Washington, the subject of this sketch, was educated at Newport and at Cincinnati, Ohio.  he read law with General Albert Pike, and after being admitted to the bar began practice at Memphis, Tennessee, in 1866.  He moved from there to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he lived eleven years, taking a high place at the bar.  In 1881 he returned to Newport, Kentucky, and formed a partnership with Col. R. W. Nelson, which lasted five years, and since which time he has practiced by himself.  He served in the Confederate army twelve months, being discharged for injuries received in the service.  He was city attorney of Knoxville while there, and was also chairman of the Tennessee Gubernatorial Convention in 1880.  In 1867 he married Miss Jennie T. Ramsey, daughter of Dr. Frank A. Ramsey, who was a brother of the celebrated Southern historian, Dr. J. G. M. Ramsey.  Her mother was Ann M. (Breck) Ramsey, a relative of the Todd family, of which family Mrs. Abraham Lincoln was also a member.  Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Washington, viz.:  Ramsey W., Anna Lee, Alfred, William, Bettie, Bushrod and John.  Mr. Washington is a member of the I.O.O.F. and of the Masonic fraternity.  In religion he is an Episcopalian.


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