Boone County Kentucky Historical Society

John Uri Lloyd - Short Bio

Lloyd, John Uri (1849-1936) Pharmacist,
Pharmacognosist, Manufacturer, Author
John Uri Lloyd came to Florence when a small child. He was an eye-witness to the Civil War skirmish in Florence, which affected him through life. He became an apprentice in a pharmacy at about age 14 and soon memorized the entire pharmacopeia, in Latin, though he had little formal schooling.
After becoming a pharmaceutical manufacturer he would write while his kettles boiled, and finished a number of novels in this manner. The most interesting is Etiporhpa published in 1895. (The title is Aphrodite spelled backwards.) He also published a series about Florence, beginning with Stringtown on the Pike published in 1900. Of this series Warwick of the Knobs (1901) is the best. He also published "Sam Hill Stories" in local periodicals, and these have been collected.
He is buried in Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery in Florence.