CARUTH, Asher Graham, (1844 - 1907)


"Members of the House of Representatives on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington" (detail), engraving after Valerian Gribayedoff, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1894, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

CARUTH, Asher Graham, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Scottsville, Allen County, Ky., on February 7, 1844; attended the public schools; was graduated from the high school of Louisville in June 1864 and from the law department of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in March 1866; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Ky.; established the Kentucky Weekly New Era; moved to Louisville in 1871 and continued the practice of law; attorney of the board of trustees of the public schools of Louisville from 1873 to 1880; elected Commonwealth attorney for the ninth judicial district of Kentucky in 1880 for six years and reelected in August 1886; resigned the office in March 1887; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894; resumed the practice of law in Louisville, Ky.; judge of the criminal division of the Jefferson County Circuit Court in 1902; commissioner of the St. Louis Exposition in 1904; died in Louisville, Ky., November 25, 1907; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery.