Hon. Thomas E. Moss
Source; Biographical Sketches
from, "Kentucky, History of the State"
Main Author; William Henry Perrin 1887
Submitted By : Vera Burnham
Hon. Thomas E. Moss, lawyer and statesman,
Paducah, Ky., was born in Greensburg, Green Co. Ky., on the 14th day of
March 1840. He was reared principally in Hickman County, recieved his preparatory
education in the Columbia College, and completed it in private school in
Hickman County. Having decided on the profession of law he in 1857, entered
the office of Bigger & Thompson at Paducah, where he pursued his studies
until the early part of 1859, when he entered the law department of the
University at Louisville, Ky., from which he graduated in the same year.
He then located at Paducah for practice but soon after became a member
of the Second Kentucky Regiment, Confederate States Army, and as a private
took the field. Soon after at Camp Boone, he was made Sergeant Major of
his regiment a position he filled until promoted to the office of adjutant,
which promotion was granted in recognition of his gallantry in the battle
at Fort Donelson. In this battle he was made a prisioner of war and held
as such until the general exchange six months later. At the battle of Murfreesboro,
while leading his command, Gen. Moss was severely wounded and again made
a prisioner and after being held for short periods in minor prisions was
conveyed to Fort Delaware; later while being transferred from this to a
place of greater security, he made a bold and daring escape, though at
the time unable to walk without the aid of his crutches. He afterward rejoined
his command and at Hartsville, Tenn., received the surrender of Col. Moore.
At the close of the war he returned to Paducah to engage in the pracitice
of his profession and to find that his choice law library had while in
transit to the home of his mother been intercepted at Cairo, and disposed
of as best suited the unscrupulous hands into which it had fallen. He first
associated with J.M. Bigger and at once secured a handsome practice. He
continued a member of the firm Bigger & Moss, until 1873, when he withdrew
to make the canvass for the office of Attorney General of Kentucky, to
which he was elected in 1875, filling this position with credit for four
years. In 1869 he was elected to the lower house of the legislature, serving
the two following sessions. He is now devoting himself closely to the practice
of his profession and stands in the front rank of the Kentucky bar. Mr.
Moss is a Past Eminent Commander of the Paducah Commandery, No. 11, K,T.
He was married in Covington, Ky., February 28, 1871, to Miss Margaret,
daughter of Jesse D. Bright. Their children are ; Mary Josephine, born
in Covington; Jesse Bright, born in Paducah; Thomas E. born in Frankfort;
and Maggie S., who was also born in Frankfort and died in infancy.