James W. Eden
Sketches from, "Kentucky, History of the State"
Main Author; William Henry Perrin 1887
Submitted by: Vera Burnham
James W. Eden was born in Mayfield, Graves
co., Ky., May 2, 1851. His Grandfather was an officer in the British Navy
settled in North Carolina from whence he removed to Kentucky and settled
in Muhlenberg county, where he died. In his family was a son James G. Eden
who was born in North Carolina and who in early life settled in Graves
County, Ky., where he married Miss Mary Talbert, who was a Virginian by
birth but of English ancestry.They had seven children- James W., whose
name heads this sketch being the sixth. James G. Eden was a merchant and
later a farmer, and finally located in McCracken County, on a farm long
known as Eden's Hill, where in 1871 he died and where his widow died on
May 27, 1884. James W. Eden was educated chiefly in Paducah, Ky., studied
law under Judge Bigger of that city, and in 1878 entered the law department
of the university of Ann Arbor. Mich. where he graduated in July 1879.
He then established an office in Paducah for the practice of his profession
but soon became associated with J.W. Bloomfield with whom practiced two
years, terminating August 1882
at which time Mr Eden was elected to the office of County Attorney for McCracken County. From 1876 to 1878 he served the county as commishioner of schools. He is a member of the K. Of H.