From 1897 Special Edition of the Plain Dealer, on North Vernon
(My comments in this color purple - Sheila Kell)
One of Jennings County's Leading Lawyers
Lincoln Dixon was born in Vernon, Jennings County, Ind., February 9, 1860. His father was Samuel
M. Dixon, (Samuel M. Dixon was the son of Patrick W. Dixon and Lavinia Stafford. Lincoln Dixon's mother was Belinda Foster)
who in 1858, was elected sheriff of this county and served in that capacity for the unusually long period of eight years. Mr. Dixon received
his early education at the Jennings Academy, at Vernon, and in 1876, he entered the Freshman Class in the State University of Indiana, at Bloomington,
from which institution he was graduated in 1880. While in college he represented the State University in the State Oratorical Contest, and being the
successful contestant, represented the state of Indiana in the Interstate Contest. At the close of his college career he went to Washington D.C.,
where he held a position in the Department of the Interior. After a year he returned to Vernon and entered the law office of the late Jeptha D. New,
as a student. After taking a course of reading as a law student, he was admitted to the bar and removed to this city, where he opened a law office
and engaged actively into the practice of his profession.
In 1883 Mr. Dixon was selected reading clerk of the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of Indiana. The following
year he was nominated by the Democratic Party for prosecuting attorney of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, comprising the counties of Jennings, Scott and
Ripley. So efficiently, successfully and honestly was the business of the prosecutor's office conducted under his administration that he was
re-elected to the position for three additional terms, always running far ahead of the ticket. In his last contest he was elected by a majority of
651, being the only candidate who ever carried the three counties in an election, and the only person who ever held the office for four consecutive
terms. The experience and knowledge gained by eight years as prosecutor in a large circuit has given Mr. Dixon a broad knowledge of this branch of
the law, but Mr. Dixon informed us when we were seeking data for this article that there are seldom any important criminal cases in this county.
As an active worker in the Democratic cause, and as an organizer in political contests Mr. Dixon has achieved a prominence
that extends throughout the state. Since attaining his majority he has been devoted to the principles of political economy and those theories of
government expounded by those great statesmen, Jefferson and Jackson. In every political contest in this state, great or small, he has been an earnest
worker in the Democratic ranks. He has always been a Democrat of the active, loyal and never-failing type, and has held the position of chairman of
the Democratic Local Committee, during several of the hardest campaigns. Mr. Dixon was appointed acting chairman of the 4th District Democratic
Committee in the recent special election for Congressman, and by his untiring efforts and to his contributions in the way of time and money, is
partially due the great victory won by the Hon. F. M. Griffity, Congressman-elect.
Mr. Dixon has been successful as a lawyer, and his clientage is composed of the best people in this section of the state.
His practice is lucrative, his ability undoubted; and his strict integrity has won for him the respect and confidence of everyone who has had
business relations with him. Mr. Dixon was married October 14, 1884 to Miss Kate Storey, and they have two children, a daughter Claire and a son
Lincoln Dixon died in Jefferson County Kentucky September 16, 1932. He was the builder and owner of one of
the most beautiful homes in Jennings County - known to more current residents as having been lived in and owned by Dr. Louis Calli.
You may use this material for your own personal research, however it may not be used for commercial publications without express written consent of the contributor, INGenWeb, and