Bullitt County History

Henry Frederick Kalfus, M.D.

Henry Frederick Kalfus, the third generation by that name, is described below from two separate sources. While they are quite similar, each contains useful information about Dr. Kalfus.

The first is taken from The Biographical encyclopædia of Kentucky of the Dead and Living Men of the Nineteenth Century (Cincinnati, J.M. Armstrong, 1878, page 495).

KALFUS, HENRY FREDERICK, M. D., was born April 14, 1832, at Shepherdsville, Bullitt County, Kentucky, and is of German extraction. His mother was a sister of the distinguished Dr. Burr Harrison, of Bardstown, Kentucky. He received a good education, which he finished at Hanover College, Indiana, in 1852. He studied medicine in his native town, and after practicing five years, graduated, in 1860, at the Kentucky School of Medicine in Louisville. He also received a diploma from the medical department in the University of Louisville. He was Democratic candidate for State Treasurer, in 1864, on the Wickliffe ticket, but was defeated.

At the commencement of the civil war, he recruited a company for the Fifteenth Kentucky (Union) Infantry, and, for gallant conduct in the battle of Perryville, was promoted major, and was subsequently promoted lieutenant-colonel and colonel. After the battle of Stone river, being dissatisfied with the war policy of the Government, he resigned his commission, and, after spending some months in Canada, at the close of the war, returned to Louisville, and engaged actively in the duties of his profession.

He is an earnest, energetic, able, and successful practitioner, and occupies a fine position in his profession. Religiously, he is associated with the Methodist Church, and is prominently identified with some of its charitable institutions. Dr. Kalfus was married in 1854, and has three children—two daughters and one son.

The second comes from Kentucky: A History of the State, (Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 8th ed., 1888, Jefferson County).

HENRY F. KALFUS, M.D., was born in Shepherdsville, Bullitt County, Ky., April 14, 1832, and is of German extraction. His mother was a sister of the distinguished Burr Harrison, of Bardstown, Ky. He received a good education, which he completed at Hanover College, Indiana, in 1852. He studied medicine in his native town, and after practicing five years, graduated at the Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville, in 1860; he also received a diploma from the medical department of the University of Louisville. He was a candidate for State treasurer in 1863, on the ticket with Hon. Charles A. Wickliffe, but was defeated. When the civil war broke out he raised a company for the Fifteenth Kentucky Infantry (Union) commanded by Col. Curran Pope, of Louisville. He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and then to colonel. After the battle of Stone River, being dissatisfied with the conduct of the war, he resigned his profession. He is secretary of the Board of Regents of Kentucky School of Medicine, and has held the position for several years. Dr. Kalfus has two children living--Joseph L., now of California, and Mrs. Anna D. Jarnette, of Florida.

Dr. Kalfus' father was Henry F. Kalfus, Jr., and his mother was Matilda Harrison Kalfus. He married Elizabeth Virginia Birkhead in 1850 in Bullitt County, and they had three children: Anna, Joseph, and Lily. Dr. Kalfus died on 26 Oct 1890.


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