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Thomas O’Shaughnessy, longtime Versailles attorney, dies

Thomas E. O’Shau-ghnessy, 91, a longtime Versailles resident and attorney, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore. Born on Aug. 27, 1926, in Bay City, Michigan, he was the son of the late Edwin P. O’Shaughnessy and Maryon J. Sampson O’Shaughnessy. He graduated from high school in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and was a World War II Army Air Force veteran. Prior to entering the U. S. Army Air Corps, O’Shaughnessy attended the University of Michigan, and after his service he completed his undergraduate work and received his LLB (J.D.) degree from the University of Louisville. He served as a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover in the Philadelphia, Boston and New York offices. In August 1956, he formed a law partnership with the late Marshall A. Dawson, of Versailles. O’Shaughnessy resided in his home and law office on Rose Hill Avenue for over 40 years, and was best known for his skills as a criminal defense attorney. He handled many high profile cases including a number of murder defenses. He served as Versailles Police Judge for five years and as 14th Judicial Circuit Commissioner for eight years. He was a member of several legal associations including the Kentucky, Woodford, Fayette and Louisville Bar Associations and the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Lexington and Louisville. O’Shaughnessy was also a member of the Woodford Historical Society, American Legion Post No. 67, Versailles Kentucky, Kentucky Civil War Round Table, Filson Club, the University Club, the Lexington Tennis Club and the United States Tennis Association. He was also a Kentucky Colonel and member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church. A memorial service is planned on Monday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m., at Pisgah Presbyterian Church, followed by a private family graveside service in Pisgah Cemetery. See full obituary, page 9.

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