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31 > Image 31 of Libraries and lotteries; a history of the Louisville free public library

Part of Kentucky Works Progress Administration Publications

EARLY LOUISVILLE LIBRARIES the town and,by legislative act,had it renamed . the Lexington Library Association. In the p first quarter-century after the change of name, W it absorbed two similar enterprises, the Juve- nile Library and the Lexington Athenaeum.(lO) ln l902 the city of Lexington obtained a grant from Andrew Carnegie for construction of a pub- lic library building; whereupon, the Lexington Library Association transferred to the new ` Lexington Public Library all its books, furni- ture, and other possessions, and dissolved its organization. Between 1796 and l8l6 library associations were chartered successively at Georgetown, Dan- ville, Lancaster,Paris,Newcastle, Shelbyville, Winchester, Washington, Versailles, Frankfort, and Mt. Sterling. None of these achieved per- manence, however.(ll) Mann Butler,leader of thefounders of Louis- villes first library, must have ranked high among the men of superior intellect in the city in the first half of the nineteenth century. He was born in Baltimore in July, l784, and was taken at the age of three to the home of his grandfather at Chelsea, near London. He re- mained in England until he was fourteen years old. Therefore he had the advantage of an edu- cation in his early years in an old and settled country, in much better schools than could be found in a country so recently emerged from pioneer status. Back in the United States, he continued his education and was graduated at St. Marys Col- lege in Georgetown, District of Columbia, then was graduated in medicine at the same college. But he conceived a great distaste for medical G 7 I