image preview

Class Year



Charles James Park, Sr., A.B. '15, LL.B. '20

Richmond, Kentucky

Phi Delta Theta; A.B. '15; President Senior Class '15; Pan-Hellenic Representative; Lamp and Cross; Mystic Thirteen; Keys; Varsity Football; Varsity Basketball; Varsity Baseball; Captain (4); Student Assistant in Mathematics (4); Assistant Coach '15-'17; Athletic Director, T.U. '18-'19.

Jim hails from Richmond, the place where athletes grow. He is not only large in stature, but looms big in the eyes of the students, for he has been a maker of athletic history ever since entering the University. He and his trusty toe will never be forgotten in the Mississippi-Kentucky game of '15. Jim is now adding another degree to his list of accomplishments. He hopes some day to write a thesis on Republican politics.

-The Kentuckian, 1920

Charles James Park, Sr. (November 10, 1892 - December 17, 1970) was born in Madison County, Kentucky to Curtis Field Park and Julia Rice. Park was a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns between 1915 and 1917 after receiving his A.B. from the University of Kentucky in 1915. In 1918, he became the athletic director at Transylvania University. He then attended the University of Kentucky College of Law. Park practiced law in Lexington with Zeb Stewart after graduation. In 1921, he was elected as a Madison County representative to the Kentucky General Assembly. He served as Fayette County attorney between 1925 and 1927. In 1927, Park was elected to his first term as Commonwealth Attorney. He would serve three additional terms after being re-elected in 1933, 1939, and 1945. In 1930, Park became a partner in the firm of Stoll, Muir, Townsend & Park. This law firm later merged with the firm of Keenon, Huguelet, and Odear to become Stoll, Keenon & Park (this firm would later become Stoll Keenon Ogden). Park married Elizabeth Kimbrough in 1924. Their son, James Park, Jr., graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1958. Park, Jr. served as a circuit judge in Fayette County and as a judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.