Biography of Louis Marshall
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Marshall, Louis, born at "Oak Hill," Virginia, October 7, 1773, son of Col. Thomas Marshall, born 1733, died 1802. and his wife, Mary Randolph (Keith) Marshall, and grandson of Captain John and Elizabeth (Markham) Marshall, the former named "of the Forest;" in 1785 his. father removed to Lexington, Kentucky, and he accompanied him, and thereafter made his home in that state; his education was acquired by study at home, and he prepared for the profession of medicine and surgery at Edinburgh and Paris. residing in the latter named city during the French revolution, and was one of the party of students engaged in the attack on the Bastile, was also present at the massacre of the Swiss guard, witnessed the murder of Prince de Lamballe, was arrested and imprisoned for several years, and was at one time condemned to death, but his life was saved by the strategem of the turnkey; his brothers. John and James, then in Paris, as representatives from the United States, procured his release; in 1803 he began the practice of his profession in Woodford county, Kentucky, and he also established a private school, and shortly afterward he discontinued his medical practice, establishing an academy in Woodford, of which he was the preceptor until 1830, his pupils including sons of the best families of Kentucky, his adopted state; he served as president of Washington College, Lexington, Virginia. from 1830 to 1834, and tilled a similar office in Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, from 1855 to 1866; he married, at Frankfort, Kentucky, Agatha Smith. and his father then gave him the estate. "Buckpond," in Woodford county, Kentucky, where he resided until his death in April, 1866.


FROM:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915



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