Obituary for Patrick Henry Darby
July 3, 1909

This obituary for Patrick Henry Darby describes much of his life after the war and gives details about his family. 





Lawyer and Financier of Princeton Succumbs of Disease While in Louisville.


            Princeton, Ky., July 3.—The many friends of the late P. H. Darby were saddened last Sunday morning when the news flashed over the wires from Louisville telling of his death which occurred that morning.

            Mr. Darby had been in failing health for some time, but no alarm was felt except by his closest friends who realized that his condition was serious. Mr. Darby was in Princeton in March and that was his last visit here.

            He was well known throughout the state and most favorably known here in this community where he had spent so many years of his life. Mr. Darby had held many responsible positions in his life. He was a shrewd lawyer and politician. In politics he was a staunch Republican and was ever ready to do all in his power to further the interests of his party. At the time of his death he was president of the board of trustees of the Princeton Collegiate Institute, which institution he had always felt a deep interest in and always found time out of his busy career to advance its interests on every occasion; he was also at the time of his death a member of the city council and a director of the First National bank of this city. In fraternal circles he was a Master Mason and a member of the Knights of Honor.

            The deceased was born in Lyon county and reared upon a farm. He received a common school education and later was a student in the Cumberland college here and also attended the University of Virginia. In 1870 he was admitted to the bar in this city for the practice of law. This same year he was united in marriage to Miss Maria Louise McNary, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T. L. McNary. Three daughters were born to this union, Misses Maria L., Lucy and Nannie, who survive their father, the mother having died about eight years ago.

            Miss Maria Louise and her aunt, Miss Betie McNary, were at his bedside in his last illness. The two other daughters were in Paris, France, where with their mother in her life time and their aunt, they have made their home for many years.

            The remains were brought here Monday afternoon and interred in the city cemetery in the presence of a large crowd who had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to their departed friend. Rev. Anthony conducted the burial services which were very appropriate and impressive.

            In the death of Patrick H. Darby, the state as well as the community in which he made his home has lost an excellent citizen, and one whose place is not easily filled. He was truly a good man.

            His daughters have the sympathy of their many friends in the loss of a devoted father.


“P. H. Darby: Leading Citizen of Western Kentucky Dead, Lawyer and Financier of Princeton Succumbs of Disease While in Louisville,” The Paducah Sun (Paducah, Kentucky), July 3, 1909.