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-
ville’s 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. Mary’s Col-
lege in Georgetown, District of Columbia, then
was graduated in medicine at the same college.
But he conceived a great distaste for medical
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