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John G. BARRET 12190 - Green Co.

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John G. BARRET 12190 - Green Co.

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 7:21AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Barrett, Wood, Pirtle, Bllock, Longborough, Wolf, Rodes
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The Biographical Encyclopaedia of Kentucky of the Dead and Living Men of the Nineteenth Century, Cincinnati, Ohio; J. M. Armstrong & Company, 1878.

BARRET, JOHN G., Lawyer and Banker, as born August 29, 1829, at Greensburg, Kentucky. His father, John Barret, was of Scotch origin, a Virginian by birth; held the office of clerk of the courts, under the old State system, for fifty years; and was one of the most prominent men of his time. His mother was a daughter of William J. Wood, a gentleman of high standing, well known over the State, and a politician of note, who emigrated from Virginia to this State at an early day. John G. Barret received a good English education, and, while a youth, entered the clerk’s office, where he remained until his twentieth year. During this time he engaged in the study of law, and afterwards continued his legal studies with Hon. Henry Pirtle, Hon. William F. Bullock, and Preston S. Longborough, and graduated in the law department of Louisville University, at the age of twenty-two. He at once entered upon the practice of his profession in connection with Nathaniel Wolf, of Louisville; but, after a short time, opened an office of his own, and soon established a fine, lucrative practice, in the course of a few years accumulating a considerable fortune. In 1862, he was compelled, by ill health, to retire from the active pursuit of his profession. About this time he accepted the position of Cashier of the Old Southern Bank of Kentucky, at Louisville, which position he held until the winding up of its affairs during the war. For his able management of the interests of the bank, he as highly complimented, and began to be looked upon as one of the first financiers of Kentucky. He at once organized the Citizens’ Bank, and was made its president. In 1873, it became the Citizens’ National Bank, of Louisville, and he has continued to occupy the position of president. He has refused all offers to engage in political turmoil, confining himself, with all his energy to his own business interests, and to a lively participation in the business and social affairs of the city. As a lawyer, he was exceptionally successful; made a fine record, and stood deservedly high at the bar; and, as a skillful and far-discerning business man, he has few equals in Louisville. Religiously, he is connected with the Presbyterian Church, and has, since early manhood, been an active worker in its interests. He is prominent in the leading charities of his Church, and the community, and is one of Louisville’s most enterprising, public-spirited, and valuable men. Mr. Barret was married, May 3, 1855, to Miss Ann E. Rodes, caughter of Clifton Rodes, of Danville, Kentucky.

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