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A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians. The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. By E. Polk Johnson, Volume III, Illustrated. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago-New York, 1912.
THURMAN B. DIXON. – In no profession is there a career more open to talent than in that of the law, and in no field of endeavor is there demanded a more careful preparation, a more thorough appreciation of the absolute ethics of life or of the underlying principles which form the basis of all human rights and privileges. Unflagging application and intuitive wisdom and a determination to fully utilize the means at hand are the concomitants which insure personal success and prestige in his great profession, in which Thurman B. Dixon has gained such eminent success. Mr. Dixon has resided in Allen county during practically his entire life time thus far, and since 1898 he has been engaged in legal work at Scottsville, the judicial center of the county, which he represented in the state legislature in 1908 and which he is now serving in the capacity of county attorney, having been elected to that office in 1909.
A native son of Kentucky, Thurman B. Dixon was born on a farm in Allen county, the date of his nativity being the 26th of March, 1877. He is a son of James Lankston and Martha (Wallace) Dixon, the parents of the former born in West Virginia and of the latter in North Carolina, her ancestry being of Scotch-Irish extraction. The father was born in Kentucky in the year 1855 and he was reared on a farm in Allen county, where he has resided during the long intervening years to the present time. He has served as sheriff of Allen county on two different occasions and at the present time, in 1911, is incumbent of the responsible position of county treasurer. He has been decidedly successful as a farmer and merchant and in his various public offices has acquitted himself of all with honor and distinctions. Mr. and Mrs. James L. Dixon had only one child, who is the subject of this sketch.
In the district schools of Allen county Thurman B. Dixon received his rudimentary educational training and the same was later supplemented by a course of study in Bethel College, at Russellville, Kentucky. He was not graduated in that institution, however, as he left college to act as deputy sheriff of Allen county. In 1895 he began to read law in the offices of the law firm of Drake & Goad, at Scottsville, and he was eventually admitted to the bar of Kentucky in 1898, at which time he was just twenty-one years of age. He immediately initiated the active practice of his profession at Scottsville, where he has gained recognition as one of the versatile trial lawyers and well fortified counselors of the county. He controls a large and lucrative clientage and is widely renowned as an orator of unusual eloquence and power. In 1908 he made the race for and was elected to represent Allen county in the state legislature. In the ensuing session he was assigned to membership on a number of important committees and he served with the utmost satisfaction to his constituents. In 1909 he was further honored by his fellow citizens in that he was then elected county attorney, an office he is incumbent of at the present time. In 1908 he was chairman of the committee that nominated Governor Bradley for United States Senator, before the joint caucus, and was chosen to make the nominating speech, which attracted the favorable comment of the press of the state as an oratorical effort. His political convictions are in accordance with the principles and policies promulgated by the Republican party and he has long figured prominently in political circles in this section of the state. He is affiliated with a number of professional and social organizations of representative character and his religious adherency is a member of the Missionary Baptist church, in whose faith he was reared.
On the 14th of July, 1898, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Dixon to Miss Anna Lewis Wade, who was born and reared in Barren county, Kentucky and who is a daughter of W. D. Wade, a prominent lumberman and influential citizen in Barren county, this state, and granddaughter of Judge Samuel H. Boles, one of Kentucky’s most prominent men for half a century. Mr. and Mrs. Dixon have no children. They are exceedingly popular factors in connection with the best social affairs of their home community, where their attractive home is a center of fine Kentucky hospitality. In a fraternal way he is a valued and appreciative member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and is now taking his first degree in Masonry.