Thorn Family Papers, 1813-1928

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator: Thorn Family 

Title:  Papers, 1813-1928 

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

Size of Collection:  1 cubic foot 

Location Number:  Mss. T496 

Scope and Content Note 

Papers include correspondence of William Pryor Thorne (1845-1928) of Henry County, Ky., lawyer, legislator, and lieutenant governor, discussing state politics, the 1903 lieutenant governor’s race, executive pardoning power, and the Obispo Oil Co. of Calif.; records of land holdings in Henry County; papers, 1908, regarding the Shelbyville and Ohio River Electric Railroad Co.; docket books, 1872-1874; cartoons concerning William Goebel, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, J. C. W. Beckham, and Ruby Laffoon. Also included are miscellaneous papers of John V. Thorn and William K. Thorn. 

Biographical Note 

William Pryor Thorne was born in Shelby County in 1845. He was educated at the common schools near Eminence, at Eminence College, graduated in 1865, and studied law under Judge W. S. Pryor and Judge George C. Drane. In 1868, he was admitted to the bar in Henry County. He served as Circuit Judge, prosecuting attorney of Henry County, four terms in the lower house of the state legislature, and lieutenant governor under Governor J. C. W. Beckham. Thorne married Anna Dickerson in 1866; they had three children. Thorne died in 1928. 

Folder List 

Box 1 

Folder 1: John V. Thom papers, 1842-1848.  

Folder 2: Report of commissioners for running the line between Henry and Shelby counties, 1816 June.  

Folder 3: William K. Thom correspondence, 1852-1879.  

Folder 4: William K. Thom Henry County, Ky. land papers, 1813-1883.  

Folder 5: William K. Thorn Fisherville, Ky. land papers, 1856.  

Folder 6: William Pryor Thome correspondence, 1880-1900.  

Folder 7: William Pryor Thorne correspondence, 1901-1903.  

Folder 8: William Pryor Thome correspondence, 1904 June-Aug.  

Folder 9: William Pryor Thome correspondence, 1904 Sept-Nov.  

Folder 10: William Pryor Thome correspondence, 1905-1914. 

Folder 11: William Pryor Thome correspondence, 1915.  

Folder 12: William Pryor Thome correspondence, 191 7.  

Folder 13: William Pryor Thome correspondence, 1918.  

Folder 14: William Pryor Thome correspondence, 1919-1921.  

Folder 15: William Pryor Thome correspondence, n.d. 


Box 2 

Folder 16: William Pryor Thome Henry County, Ky. land papers, 1869-1923.  

Folder 17: Annie Dickerson Thome Henry County, Ky. land papers, 1880.  

Folder 18: William Pryor Thome legal papers, 1890-1908.  

Folder 19: William Pryor Thome writings.  

Folder 20: William Pryor Thorne miscellaneous papers.  

Folder 21: William Pryor Thome invitations, 1877-1906. Card.  

Folder 22: Resolution passed by the Henry County Circuit Court on the death of William Pryor Thorne.  

Folder 23: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings including “The Precious Scoundrel,” by William GoebelCartoons about William Goebel and William Pryor Thome. 

Folder 24: William Pryor Thorne docket book. 

Folder 25: Notebook 


Box 3 

Folder 26: Personal and political newspaper clippings about William Pryor Thorne. 

Folder 27: Newspapers and clippings preserved by William Pryor Thorne, 1890-1905.  

Folder 28: Miscellaneous newspaper clippings.