John W. Bloomfield
Sketches from, "Kentucky, History of the State"
Main Author; William Henry Perrin 1887
Submitted by: Vera Burnham
John W. Bloomfield, lawyer and member of
the Paducah bar, was born near Eaton, Preble Co., Ohio, November 16, 1836.
His parents, Rueben Bloomfield, and Ann (Hopkins) Bloomfield, were natives
of the State of Kentucky, the former a descendent of an English family,
who immigrated to Rowan County,N.C., in the colonial period; another branch
of the family remained in New Jersey. John W. received the elements of
an English education in the common schools of his native county, and when
sixteen yeas old became a student in Miami University. After leaving this
institution, he engaged in teaching, occupying his leisure time in reading
law. At the commencement of the late war he enlisted in the Federal Army
as a private in the Eleventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he
remained some two years, after which he was connected with the quartermaster's
department and located in Paducah. Like all true soldiers of the war, whether
wearing the blue or the gray, recognizing the honest convictions of both,
he enjoys the respect of each, and extends that respect to each as freely.
At the close of the war he completed his legal studies, and was regularly
admitted to practice in 1865, since which time he has been an important
factor in the Paducah bar, standing deservedly high in his profession,
and having a leading practice.
Mr. Bloomfield is a Democrat, and has been all his life, but is not a politician in the sense of seeking offic, confining himself closely to his profession, his only public office being the judgeship of the city courts, which he occupied from 1874 to 1878. He is none the less prominent as a lawyer, and with all a kind and courteous gentelman, having the confidence and respect of the community around him. He was married in Chicago, Ill., in 1865, to Miss Linnie Unruh, daughter of Joseph Unruh, who died some years
since in Texas. They are blessed with three children: Lloyd, Miss Joseph ? and John W. Bloomfield Jr. Mr. Bloomfield is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Past Master of the Paducah Lodge, and is and for many years has been the attorney of the First National Bank of Paducah, and one of its Directors.