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William Johnson STONE 12398 - Lyon Co

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William Johnson STONE 12398 - Lyon Co

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Classification: Biography
Surnames: Stone, Killen, Woodyard, Chambers
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KENTUCKY DIRECTORY For the Use of Courts, State and County Officials and General Assembly of the State of Kentucky. Frank K. Kavanaugh, 1922.

CONFEDERATE PENSION COMMISSIONER – Stone, Hon. William Johnson, son of Leslie and Nancy (Killen) Stone, was born in Caldwell, now Lyon county, Kentucky, June 26, 1841. Educated at District Schools. Enlisted in the Confederate Army June 20, 1861. Was wounded, resulting in the loss of his right leg, June 12, 1864, at Cynthiana, Kentucky. Captured and remained a prisoner until the close of the war and released on parole May 16, 1865. Was married to Miss Cornelia Woodyard, of Cynthiana, Kentucky, October 29, 1867, who died October 28, 1906. Was married again March 10, 1909, to Mrs. Elizabeth H. Chambers, of Morganfield, Kentucky. Represented Caldwell and Lyon counties in the Legislature in 1867, and in 1875 he represented Marshall and Lyon, and was elected Speaker of the House for that term. He advocated the establishment of a Bureau of Agriculture for the State, and appointed a committee on agriculture favorable to that idea; drew a bill that was enacted into law creating the present Bureau of Agriculture. He again represented Marshall and Lyon Counties in the legislature in 1883. Was elected to represent the First Congressional District of Kentucky in the United States Congress in 1884, and was re-elected four times to the same position. In December, 1869, he introduced his Congress the first bill ever written and introduced into any legislative assembly providing for the dissolution of trusts. Was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of the State in 1899. Was appointed Examiner of Confederate applications for pensions, March 12, 1912. Is a farmer by occupation.

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