In 1892, Zachariah Frederick Smith wrote The History of Kentucky and had it privately published by the Courier-Journal Printing Company. It has been digitized on Google Books. The following excerpt about Frank Pierce Straus may be found on page 848.
Frank Pierce Straus was born May 8, 1854, at Waterford, Spencer county, Kentucky. He is the son of Simon Straus, a German Jew, and his wife, Marana Collings, of Spencer county. He was educated first in the country schools, then two years at Wesleyan University, Millersburg, Kentucky, and graduated in the law school of the University of Louisville, in 1874, with the honors of his class. He began the practice of law immediately after, at Shepherdsville, Bullitt county. He served twice as County Attorney, School Commissioner three times, and was elected to represent Bullitt and Spencer counties in the Legislature during the session 1885-86. In 1890-91 he was a delegate from the same counties in the Constitutional Convention, and took an active and prominent part in the proceedings which gave to the State the recently adopted Constitution. He is at present a member of the law firm of Fairleigh & Straus, Louisville, and president of the banking firm of E. W. Hall & Co., Shepherdsville, Kentucky, at which place he yet holds his residence. In 1879 he was happily married to Miss Katie Crist, daughter of Dr. H. C. Crist, of Bullitt county. Two children, a boy and a girl, are the issues of this marriage. Mr. Straus is of medium stature and compact build, with blue eyes, dart hair and complexion, denoting a physique capable of great energy and endurance. This, with a strong and vigorous mind, incisive and alert, and an indomitable will, gives that power and force of character which rarely fails to make the man of successful life. In his personality are admirably blended two of the best types of manhood of any age - the American and the Jewish.
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