Hession, Patrick (1859-1931) Papers, 1884-1960

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Patrick Hession, 1859-1931

Title: Papers, 1884-1960

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet

Location Number: Mss./A/H587

Scope and Content Note

The Hession Papers consist of correspondence and paperwork related to Patrick Hession’s role as a Louisville police officer during the early twentieth century. In addition, the collection includes deeds to Hession’s properties, property taxes receipts for 1904-1930, and receipts for personal and property insurance. The collection also contains various receipts for purchases including whiskey, cigars, hired labor, membership fees, and food products.

Biographical Note

Patrick Hession, born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1859, was the son of Irish immigrants. According to the 1880 census, Hession served as a brakeman on a railroad for an unknown period of time. By the early twentieth century, Hession was a Louisville city police officer. Based on numerous receipts in his papers, he may have also operated a bar or pub. Hession was married and had at least five children. He died on 10 October 1931.

Folder List

Folder 1: Correspondence – Louisville Police Department

Folder 2: Property Deeds

Folder 3: Receipts – Property Taxes

Folder 4: Receipts – Liquor Purchases

Folder 5: Receipts – Insurance Payments and Claims

Folder 6: Receipts and Contracts – Miscellaneous

Folder 7: Miscellaneous

Folder 8: Notebooks

Subject Headings

Crime – Kentucky – Louisville

Hession, Patrick, 1859-1931

Local elections – Kentucky – Louisville

Police – Kentucky – Louisville

Property tax – Kentucky – Louisville

Voting registers – Kentucky – Louisville

Warrants (Law) – Kentucky – Louisville

Whiskey industry – Kentucky

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