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The Scotch-Irish in America
Proceedings of the Third Congress at Louisville
James Todd, Louisville, Ky.


JAMES TODD, LOUISVILLE, KY., Born February 26, 1821; died February 9, 1890.

CONTRIBUTED BY REV. JOHN M. RICHMOND, D.D., OF LOUISVILLE, KY.

Mr. James Todd, son of John and Martha McCall Todd, was born in Newry, County Down, Ireland, February 26, 1821. His family was an old and honorable one that, impelled by religious persecution, went to Ireland from Scotland in the seventeenth century.

In 1838, while still a lad seventeen years of age, he left the scenes and associations of his native land to seek his fortune in the New World. In the same year he arrived in Louisville, Ky., which then became his home, and where he continued to reside for more than half a century.

At first he entered the employ of a mercantile firm, and soon exhibited qualities of mind and habits of life that guaranteed for him success. Persevering and frugal, he was enabled in 1847 to engage in business for himself, and brought to bear upon all his undertakings such clear judgment and exact business methods that he soon became one of the most prosperous and reliable of business men.

From boyhood Mr. Todd was a Christian whose faith was deep, well-grounded, and increased with the years. Always a Presbyterian, his last connection was with the Central Presbyterian Church, to whose interests he was sincerely devoted. He had clear and decided views of Christian life and Church work, was a firm believer in and a diligent student of the word of God, and until declining health laid him aside was a faithful and successful teacher in the Sabbath-school.

Such men are missed when they are taken away. . We cannot well spare them, but "the memory of the just is blessed."

On May 16, 1865, Mr. Todd was married to Miss Mary Louise Mc-Gavock, of Nashville, a granddaughter of Felix Grundy, the eminent lawyer and statesman, whose name occupies a conspicuous place in the history of Kentucky and Tennessee. Besides the bereaved widow, two children mourn his departure. They are Miss Louise and James Ross Todd. Miss Mary Todd, an only sister, who' resides in Dublin, also survives him.

He quietly fell asleep at his home in Louisville, in the confident hope of a glorious awakening, on Sabbath morning, February 9, 1890; and was buried from the Central Presbyterian Church February 11, 1890, and laid in the beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery to await the "resurrection of the just."


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