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Irving Chapin Bartlett, Class of 1861

Irving Chapin Bartlett was born on December 19, 1842 in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), the son of Phipps Waldo and Emily Byrd Chapin Bartlett. In 1844 the family moved to Kentucky where young Bartlett received his education, attending schools in Flemingsburg and Covington.

Bartlett entered Centre College in the fall of 1858. During his years as a student, Bartlett lived the life of a fairly typical student. He joined the Chamberlain Literary Society on campus, and during his senior year he served as censor for the society. For a while he boarded at the home of the college president, L. W. Green. Bartlett completed the full classical course and graduated on June 27, 1861.

Upon graduation, Bartlett joined the Confederate Army and served under John Hunt Morgan. He was wounded in 1863 during an engagement at Edgefield, Tennessee, the wound being serious enough for Bartlett to be discharged. By this time Bartlett had risen to the rank of lieutenant. His obituary referred to him as Colonel but time and Kentucky's fondness for the title probably account for the higher rank.

Bartlett moved to Louisville and took a position with the Second National Bank. After several years he left to become a partner in the wholesale whiskey firm of John Callahan & Company. The choice of the whiskey business is ironic in the light of his letter home from Centre talking about a meeting of students to boycott stores selling liquor. Later, Bartlett moved to an office with Bartley, Johnson & Company, another whiskey firm.On December 19, 1884, Bartlett married Ella Glazebrook, the daughter of a prominent Louisville businessman, Austin Glazebrook. The couple had one son, Austin Glazebrook Bartlett.

Bartlett was active in social and fraternal organizations, particularly the Masons, becoming a 33 Mason. He also served for a time as Eminent Commander of the Louisville Commandery of the Knights Templar. During a trip to French Lick, Bartlett took ill. He died there of heart failure on July 10, 1893. He was buried two days later in Cave Hill Cemetary in Louisville. He was survived by his wife, son, and parents.

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