Hon. La Fayette F. McHaney. one of the Influential and best known residents of the Second District, was born in Pittsylvania County. Va., in 1825. He is the seventh of a family of ten children born to Cornelius and Patience (Hurt) McHaney. The father was born in above mentioned State and county, in 1780, of Irish descent, a farmer by occupation. He came to Henderson County, Tenn., in 1833, being one of the early settlers, and was an extensive land owner, having 1.000 acres. He died August 19, 1842. The mother was of Scotch origin; born in Charlotte County, Vs., 1796, departed this life in July, 1836. Our subject was ten years old when his parents came to Tennessee; received his education in Lexington; at the age of seventeen he became salesman in a general store, working for Bradford at Cobb of Mifflin; remained with them one year, following two years clerked for his brother, W. C. and Isaac Lollor, in Lexington. In 1848, with his two brothers, W. C.and C. D., he established a store in Mifflin; at the end of four years sold his interests, and began farming; in 1885, with his brother, W. C., again engaged in merchandise, opening a store at Crucifer, where they met with great success. In 1876 W. C. sold his interest to La Fayette, who carried on the business two years, and since that time has devoted himself to agriculture and politics. He is an ardent and earnest Democrat, one of the strong and leading members of the party. In 1858 he was elected deputy sheriff of the county, serving until 1862; be was elected to the State Legislature in 1880, and two years later elected as joint representative from Madison and Henderson Counties, thus demonstrating the high regard in which he is held by his people. He was one of the committee on claim and agriculture interests. He is one of Henderson County's most able and enterprising men. He owns about 800 acres of valuable land and has a delightful home. In 1849 Mr. McHaney married a daughter of Felix and Caroline Henry, Miss Samantha L., a native of the county, born in 1829. She died in 1860, leaving two children — Robert, and Ida, wife of Dr. J. T. Raines. In 1863 Mr. McHaney married Miss Minerva M. Jones, who was born in Madison County, in 1845. Their union has been blessed with four children: Caroline, Bessie May, William and Guy. Mr. and Mrs. McHaney are devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
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