Henry C. Dixon

by Edmund Starling, 1886


HON. HENRY C. DIXON.-Was born in Henderson on the nineteenth day of September, 1845. He is the second living son of Archibald Dixon and Elizabeth Robertson Cabell; of his father we have already written. His mother was a woman noted for her high character, strong intellect and great personal and social charms. She was a direct descendant of Pochahontas, and in addition, otherwise inherited the very best blood known to "Old Virginia." Henry C. Dixon received a fine education from the private schools of his native town, and was then sent to the Sayre Institute at Frankfort, the Capital of the State, a school noted for its educational advantages.

At this school he enlisted in the front rank, and retained that standard up to the time of his leaving it. During the years 1862, '63, he was a student of the Toronto, Canada, University, and upon leaving that school made a trip, in 1864, to Europe, confining his travels to England and France. Returning from this trip he studied law in the office of his father. Having access at all times to all of the standard works, as well as law reports, the benefit of an instructor profoundly versed in the practice, a quick keen mind of his own, coupled with studious application, our subject was not long in qualifying himself for the practice of his chosen profession. Soon after he was licensed, his father's health became poor, and the management of his large estate, in a very great measure, was assigned to our subject. His father imposed the greatest confidence in his judgment and legal learning, and therefore most, if not all of his judgment and legal learning, and therefore most, if not all of the numerous legal documents in which he was interested, were drawn by the son. From this reason, therefore, Henry C. Dixon, has never applied himself to the active practice of the law.

In religious training, Mr. Dixon is a Presbyterian. He is also a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias orders. In politics he is an unflinching Democrat, and being well posted in all of the great political questions of the day, he is not only able to handle the questions of the new era in the country's history with marked ability and earnestness, but few men by natural endowments of education and training, are better able to advocate the peoples interest in the Legislative halls of the country, or in the public contests of the times. Mr. Dixon is peculiarly endowed with admirable popular traits, but like all men has his enemies. He is skilled in the use of sarcasm and ridicule, weapons that especially serve him whenever the occasion demands. He is Senator-elect from this, the Third Senatorial District of Kentucky, composed of Henderson and Union Counties, he having had the distinction conferred upon him in 1883. He has served two sessions, and in each was a recognized leader. He was found at all times battling for the right as he understood it, and in no instance was the welfare of his constituents overlooked. Mr. Dixon had never married, and in his singleness of life, he takes a philisophic view of all matters, no matter how small their import. He takes life in a quiet easy way, enjoys himself, and assists many others in doing the very same thing. He is most comfortably situated, and his domicil is open at all times to his friends. This, coupled with his open, frank humorous, social nature, secures him visitors at all seasons.

In addition to other landed interests, Mr. Dixon is the owner of five hundred acres of river bottom alluvial land, located in Union County, four hundred of which is cleared and in a high state of cultivation. From this he derives a handsome yearly income.

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