Foushee & Brothers

In 1876, the firm of Foushee & Brothers was founded as a wholesale liquor dealer.  The firm consisted of Charles W. Foushee, Jr. and E. F. Foushee, his brother.  The Foushees were the sons of Charles W. Foushee, Sr. (Lexington’s Mayor from 1888 to 1892).  Their office was located at 25 West Short Street.  By the mid 1880s, the firm had become Foushee, Bond & Company, operating at 57 East Short Street.  The firm at this point consisted of Charles W. Foushee, Jr. and John B. Bond.  Bond left the partnership and formed Overly & Bond (which see), another whiskey broker in the 1890s.

In May 1888, Foushee shot Alexander O’Lee, proprietor of the European Hotel, on Limestone (at Water Street).  Foushee had signed the bond for O’Lee’s liquor license, with the understanding that he would buy all of this liquor and beer from his firm.  However, O’Lee changed his mind and purchased supplies from other distributors.  He also refused to pay his bill of $34.  After an argument - O’Lee pulled a hatchet and then Foushee pulled a revolver - Foushee won.  Luckily, O’Lee’s wound was not serious.[i]  During the 1890s, the firm was successors to Ed. Murphy & Company (which see).  The firm continued as D. H. Foushee & Company, distributing Belle of Anderson County Whiskey until after 1900.[ii]


[i] Lexington Leader, May 10, 1888, page 1, column 3.

[ii] Lexington City Directory for 1881-82, 1883-84, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1893 and 1895.

William M. Ambrose, Bottled In Bond under U. S. Government Supervision, Limestone Press, Lexington, 2008.