Obituary of Samuel S. English, 1804-1880
Transcribed from a copy of a news item contributed by Karen English Chaney.
Chaney is a descendant of Lindsey H. English, 11th child of Elisha & Sarah Wharton English.
"Courier - Journal 15 Oct 1880" is handprinted above the item
(presumably this is THE COURIER-JOURNAL, LOUISVILLE, KY.)
Death of Col. S. S. English, a Well-
known Resident, Uncle of
Hon. W. H. English
An [ ____ ] of Lincoln
Col. Samuel S. English, who has been prominent in State and National affairs for the past half century, died at his residence in this city last night at [ __ ] o'clock, in the seventy-eighth year of his age. He was born in Henry county, Ky., but was living in Gallatin county when he reached manhood, and was elected to the legislature when he was barely old enough to take his seat. For eighteen years he continued to serve in the House and Senate, during which time he represented the counties of Carroll, Trimble, Gallatin and Henry. In [185_ ] he was the Democratic nominee for Congress in this district, which was largely Whig, against Gen. William Preston, and though defeated made a large reduction in the Whig majority. He removed to Louisville twenty five years ago and was Surveyor of the port of Louisville under Pierce's administration. He was relieved at the end of Pierce's term, but was reappointed by Buchannan a few days before his term expired, and declined a reappointment under President Lincoln. During the war he was on the bonds of some Government officials who went South, leaving their accounts with the Government unsettled. Suit was brought against Mr. English and a judgment obtained for [$__0,000]. Finding that the execution of the judgement in the depressed condition of business affairs that existed at that time would be ruinous to him, he went to Washington City and laid his case before President Lincoln. When he was introduced Mr. Lincoln greeted him kindly, and said: "Your name is Samuel S. English, a brother of Nevill English, who was one of my best friends and did my courting for me. What can I do for you." Mr. English stated the object of his visit, and Mr. Lincoln appointed an hour to hear him on the next day, which would be Saturday. Mr. English stated that the levy had been made, and the property would be sold on Monday, and unless he could get relief immediately he feared it would be too late. Mr. Lincoln then called a messenger, and instructed him to send a telegram to Louisville ordering that no further steps be taken in the case until instructions were received from him. At the appointed hour Mr. English called upon the President again, and made a statement of his case, when Mr. Lincoln took his pen and wrote an order to the Federal Court officials at Louisville, informing them that all judgments, costs, [etc.], held against Mr. English were remitted, and signed it "A. Lincoln." He handed the order to Mr. English, saying "That will save you." Mr. English preserved the document and cherished it as a souvenir of Mr. Lincoln's official kindness.
Mr. English leaves a wife and five children, two sons and three daughters, to mourn his loss. His sons, Samuel and DeMint, reside in this city. His eldest daughter is the wife of Gen. Daniel McClure, Assistant Paymaster General of the United States Army. The second daughter is the wife of Judge W. B. Hoke, of this city, and the third is the wife of Tom Corwin Anderson, of Mt. Sterling, Ky. He was the uncle of Hon. Wm. H. English, the Democratic candidate for Vice President. Mr. English has been in bad health for a number of years, and has been confined to his room by an [affliction] of the kidneys for five years.
The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at [2:30?] o'clock.
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This item from DIED column of the same newspaper
ENGLISH - Oct. 14 at [ ] o'clock P.M. at his resi-
dence in this city, Col. S. S. English in the [ __ ] year
of his age.
Funeral will take place Sunday, the 17th, at [ __ ]
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Note: "Nevill" English is Revill/Revel Wharton English.
My database includes over 1,200 descendant related entries for the family of Elisha & Sarah Wharton English; the first five generations are at The English Plantation. Information in my database may differ from details in the above transcription.
GKBopp 15 May 2002
Descendant of Dr. John B. English,
12th child of Elisha & Sarah Wharton English.