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Griffith, George A.

(born: 1841  -  died: 1908) 

George A. Griffith was one of the first two African Americans to practice law in Kentucky, he was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1871. Griffith, from Owensboro, KY, practiced law in Owensboro and later in Louisville. He also was admitted to practice law in Baton Rouge, LA in 1872 [source: "George A. Griffiths...," New Orleans Republican, 10/22/1872, p.4, c.1]. In 1881, he was still a storekeeper with the Internal Revenue Service, a job that he had for some time [source: Official Register of the United States...]. Griffith had served during the U.S. Civil War. He enlisted on November 1, 1863 in Gallatin, TN [source: U.S. Colored Troops Military Service Records (Ancestry)]. The family left Kentucky and moved to Wyandotte, KS, where George A. Griffith died October 6, 1908. The family was also listed as living in Wyandotte, KS in the 1900 U.S. Census when George A. Griffith was a minister. For more see The Owl: The Newsletter for Employees of the University of Louisville, vol. 17, issue 1 (February 2002), p. 2;  Emancipation: the making of the Black lawyer, 1844-1944, by J. C. Smith, Jr.; and George A. Griffith at Find a Grave.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: The Owl: The Newsletter for Employees of the University of Louisville
NKAA Source: Emancipation: the making of the black lawyer, 1844-1944
NKAA Source: Official register of the United States, containing a list of the officers and employees in the civil, military, and naval service ...(biennial)
NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: New Orleans Republican (newspaper)

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NKAA Entry:  African American Lawyers/Attorneys, Kentucky, 1880-1940

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