LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Ramsey held several offices of importance, including Police Judge, Master Commissioner, and he briefly served in the Lower House of the Kentucky Legislature. In writing about Ramsey, Logan Ewell said: “Ramsey . . was a very capable lawyer of his day. He served as prosecuting attorney for this district for several years. He was a political orator of statewide fame and in the year 1890 was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention at which Convention he was selected by the members thereof to inscribe upon sheepskin parchment the Constitution adopted by this Convention. The pure Spenserian penmanship of W. R. Ramsey was scarcely to be equaled in all of Kentucky. It was absolutely legible, its formation symmetrical in highest degree, its shading or emphasis on the stroke of the pen requiring such were as well nigh perfect as could be.” This talent seems to have made Ramsey famous in his day, at least locally.
At one point, W. R. Ramsey shared office space with his physician brother, Dr. R. T. Ramsey. The doctor eventually moved to Colorado. More research needs to be done to see where W. R. Ramsey, II, ended his life. I do not find his death listed in the Laurel County Historical Society’s cemetery books and since I am traveling and cannot check some of the sources I usually have access to, I will have to do further research on that when I return home. If you know more about this family feel free to contact me at the email address below.
The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department). The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Visit the historical society’s website at www.laurelcountykyhistoticalsociety.org.