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Willis, Albert Shelbylocked

(22 January 1843–06 January 1897)
  • Michael J. Devine


Willis, Albert Shelby (22 January 1843–06 January 1897), lawyer, congressman, and diplomat, was born in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky, the son of Shelby Willis, a locally prominent physician, and Harriet Button. When Willis was seven, he and his widowed mother moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended common schools and graduated first in his class in 1860 from Male High School. He taught school and attended law school, graduating in 1866 from the Louisville Law School. Because at twenty-two he was too young to enter the practice of law, Willis taught for another year before entering into a partnership with his stepfather, J. L. Clemmons, a prominent member of the Louisville bar....

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