From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Owens, Edward, III

(born: 1957) In 1984, Edward Owens, III was the first African American  appointed Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Fayette County, KY. Owens was born in Lexington, the son of Ollie Bell and Ed Owens, Jr. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky (UK) Law School and also received hlis undergraduate business degree from UK.

Owens had worked with the law firm of Shirley Cunningham and John Merchant, located on Georgetown Street, prior to his appointment to the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. Owens had also been in private practice.

In 1987, Owens left the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. He was suspended from practicing law in 1988 due to the mishandling of a real estate deal when he was in private practice. Owens would leave Kentucky and become senior vice-president of affordable housing with American Residential Mortgage. He was a commissioned examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In 2003, he became the director of community affairs with Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, OH, and in 2005 was named Senior Vice President of Fifth Third Bancorp.

For more see M. Davis, "Prosecutor takes nothing for granted," Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/26/1984, City/State section, p. B1; T. Toliver, "Ex-Fayette Prosecutor suspended from practicing law," Lexington Herald-Leader, 1/28/1988, City/State section, p. B5; "Owens heads Fifth Third Department," The Cincinnati Post, 3/01/2003, Business section, p. B8; and "Fifth Third promotes Ed Owens III," The Cincinnati Post, 11/05/2005, Business section, p. B8.

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NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Cincinnati post (newspaper)

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