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Lyne Starling was born in Mecklenburgh county, Virginia, in the year 1784; removed to kentucky in 1794, and came to Franklinton in 1806. Through the influence of his brother-in-law, Lucas Sullivant, he was placed in the clerk's office for Franklin county--a position for which, though young, he was well qualified by previous training. Subsequently he was appointed clerk of the circuit and district courts of the United States, and also of the supreme and common pleas courts of franklin county. Mr. Sullivant afterward furnished the means and formed a partnership with his young relative in the mercantile business, and he became a successful merchant and enterprising trader, being the first one who ventured cargoes of produce down the Scioto, and thence to New Orleans in decked flat-boats. This venture, proving remunerative, was of great advantage, not only to himself, but to others. He was a commissary and large contractor for supplies to the Northwestern army under General Harrison, which assembled at Franklinton and Urbana during the war of 1812.
"The deceased was, by nature, emphatically a great man. He had a quick and clear perception, a retentive memory, and a sound, unerring judgment. He possessed the rare faculty of annihilating, in an instant, the space between cause and effect. He arrived at conclusions, and was acting upon them, while ordinary minds were contemplating the premises. It was this peculiar intellectual superiority which rendered his efforts in business so uniformly successful, and which enabled him, before reaching the meridian of life, to amass one of the largest fortunes which have been accumulated in the West."
His health failing, he traveled extensively, both in this country and abroad. Being a man of quick perceptions, and a close observer both of men and things, he gained much practical knowledge, and, form intercourse with the bess society, was much improved by his travels; his experience, during these years of leisure, compensating for his early and exclusive devotion to business.
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