John A Hull
Posted By: Tina Keister
Date: 1/19/2006 at 14:38:08
John a Hull, Boone, among the professional pioneers of Boone county there are none more familiarly known in this and adjoining counties than John A Hull, he is member of the numerous Hull family, buy owing to the prominent position which he has occuupied at the bar for more than a quarter of a century and the important part he has played in the politics of the county and congressional district, it will be proper to give the following additional facts, he was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1831, graduated at Asbury University at Greencastle, Indiana, in the scientific department, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and engaged in the practice of his profession at Madison, Tennessee, read law four months at Terre Haute with Colonel R N Thompson, he emigrated to Boone county in 1854, and immediately opened a law office in Boonesboro, the town was then yet in its infancy, but, as is usually the case in Western towns, the bar was already well represented, and Mr Hull had for competitors some of the oldest lawyers then in the State, as far as the practice of his profession was concerned, Mr Hull was quite surprised to find that there was a differnce between the theory and practice, and notwithstanding the fact that he had previously received a thorough preparation and had passed amost creditable examination before being admitted, he found that there still remained much to learn, however, he readily adapted himslef to his new surroundings, and from the first procured a large share of the legal business, the prominent position which he first took at the bar, Mr Hull has kept till the present time, and he is still regarded as one of the leading lawyers of the county, Mr Hull is no fanatic, but has always proved himself to be possessed of positive convictions, during the heated campaign of 1854, when the chief question before the people of the State was the adoption of the prohibitory liquor law, he took a decided stand in favor of that measure, and it was largely due to his influence that the law was endorsed by a majority of the voters of this political district, in politics he has always been a prominent Democrat, of the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian school, it is partly on this account and partly from the fact that he has not been and aspirant for office, that Mr Hull has never been elected to those positions which his integrity and experience have so well fitted him to occupy, though not an old man, hard work and the cares of business are beginning to tell on his constitution, and he contemplates at no far distant day to abandon the practice of his profession and give his entire attention to the cultivation of his farm located near the city of Boone, He was raised a farmer's boy, and in returning to that occupation he will gratify a long-cherished desire and will be doing what hundreds of other professional men have done before him, he married Miss M E Wear, August 2, 1864, she was a native of Tennessee, they have a family of six children: Allie, Mary (now Mrs Hughes), Lillie, Nannie, Theresa, and John Jr, lost two: Samuel and Frank
From the 1880 Boone county history book
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