Homer and Esther Jane Hudson


From the Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, published by the John M Gresman Company, Chicago-Philadelphia 1896


HOMER HUDSON, Tobacco Manufacturer, was born March 5, 1824 in Covington, then in Campbell County. His father John Hudson, emigrated from Virginia at an early day and became one of the influential farmers and land holders of Boone and Grant Counties, residing a great part of his life on his farm on the Lexington Pike, several miles south of Covington.

Homer Hudson was educated at the private schools of Boone County and at Kemps Academy.  He afterwards studied law under Judge James Pryor at Carrollton Kentucky, and in 1846 entered upon the practice of his profession.  Two or three years subsequently, he abandoned the law practice and began merchandising, which business he pursued with success for several years.  He afterwards became owner and proprietor of the Empire Tobacco Works of Covington, which he has carried on for many years with great success, and which under his management, has become one of the most extensive and valuable manufactories in its line in Kentucky.

In 1867 he was elected President of the Covington City Council, and filled the position with credit to himself and acceptably to the people for one term.  He has devoted his time and energies mainly to his business interests and while taking an active part in affairs of general importance to the community, has not aspired to political position.  He is liberal and independent in his views on all subjects; is thoroughly posted in the affairs of the day; is refined in his tastes and habits; and few men of his community are more generally well-informed on the great question that concern the human family.

Mr. Hudson was married March 5, 1851 to Esther Jane Fowler of Covington, granddaughter of Major Jacob Fowler.  They have three living children, two sons and one daughter.


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