Jay Guy Cisco.

Historic Sumner County, Tennessee, with genealogies of the Bledsoe, Gage and Douglass families and genealogical notes of other Sumner County families online

. (page 15 of 21)
Online LibraryJay Guy CiscoHistoric Sumner County, Tennessee, with genealogies of the Bledsoe, Gage and Douglass families and genealogical notes of other Sumner County families → online text (page 15 of 21)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


Comiiany 1. 'J\Muh Le,<^-ion, First Tennessee RcLrimcnt.
Colonel W. T.. Cain])l)ell, in the war with Mexico,
1846-47.

Ca])tain Geori^e Dawson lilackmore came to Sun;-
ner County with the liledsoes, or soon afterv;ard<.
After the Indian wars had ceased he settlccl on a
farm about four miles from Gallatin, on the J^Jcd-oc
Lick road. In 1792 and 1793 he was a Captain in
the service of the territory south of Ohio River.
John Carr, a contem]")orary, says of him: "Wc cop.i-
manded a conipan\- of and was also eniployed as
Quartermaster in supi)lyiny- pr'ivisions for tiie lroo])s
stationed at the various forts. He v.as active, sprightly
and encrq^etic and as brave a man a- I ever .-aw."
He was a man of pronu'nence in \ ir,';in'a before com-
in.q- to the Cumberland country. His f')rt was the
lowest down on Clinch River, at the mouth of Ston}-
Creek, in what is now Scott Counte. It was an
imjiortant place, and is frequently iueniioned a> early
as the time of Dmnnores war.



230 Historic Sumner County, Ticnx.

cx)i.oxi".L j.\Mi:s r.own:.

James I'.owic, rcj)utc'fl inventor jf tlie Howie knife,
and one of tlic heroes of the Alamo was a son of
Reason IJowie, who came from Mars'land to Sumner
County about 1793. On November 10 of that year he
♦purchased from James and Cieorge \\'inche>ter 640
acres of land on Station Camp Creek, about one mile
west from Gallatin. . Two months later he sold 217
acres of the land to James Odom, founder of the
Odom family of Sumner County. Bowie built his
house on the banks of a small creek, and in that house,
the only ve>tii4e of which remains are the ruins of
the stone chimney, it is claimed tliat Colonel James
Bowie was born. Some writers say that he was born
m ^Maryland, and others give Georgia the credit.
There seems to be no record as to when the Bowie
family left Sumner County. The lands on which they
had their home passed to the ownershi].-* of James
Otloni, who>e ^on, Harris Odom, in 1827, built his
home about fifty yards south from the I'owie house.
The Harris Odom home, a commodious story and a
half brick, is still standing, and is in a perfect state nf
preservation, and is occujjied by the present owner "t
the farm, W. A. Hcwgley. Harris Odom died in the
fifties, and the farm ])assed to Captain \\'alton, who
later sold it to James Alexander, who, in 1897, sold it
to Mr. Hewgley.

The ]jOwie family went to Louisiana, where they
were wealth)' jilanters, and where James and his broth-
er, Reason I'., l;)ecame noted for reckless daring and
for being dangerous men. They fought a number of
duels, and each had more than c»ne "notch on the
handle of his pistol."' They were men of superior
education, over six feet high, witli fair complexion
and bkue eyes; said to have been remarkably hand-
some and fascinating men. with the manners «>i a
Chesterfield; brave, fearless and ilaring: ilevoted to
their frien«ls and a terror to their f(.)es. .Some time



SOMK SUMXKR COUNTIANS 231

before llio revolt of Texas against Mexico Jaine>
P.owie went to Mexico, where he married Ursulita clc
\'cramcndez, the only (lauc^hter of Governor \era-
mendcz. of one of the' ^fexican States. She was born
in Monclova, Mexico, but was of pnre Castihan blood.
(General Santa Anna was her p:od father. When Texas
seceded from [Mexico, Bowie espoused the cause of the
former and was a Colonel in the army of the new
republic. He commanded a detachment in the battle
of Conception, the "Texas Bunker Hill." and in other
cncjacjements, distin,q:uishinp: himse-t for bravery. He
was one of the heroic band of 1-^0 as brave men as
ever faced a foe. which, on March 6. 1836, made the
victorv of General Santa Anna and hi^ army of 4.000
Mexicans "cost them dearer than defeat." The Alamo
never surrendered. There were none of its defenders
left alive to surrender it. As lons:,^ as there was a
man able to fire a .s^un or draw a blade they held the
fort. When the [Mexicans entered the garrison there
were none left to opi)Ose them, none left to tell the
story of how they died tishting: to the very last.
Colonel r.owie's wife and child died before he did.
His brother. Reason P., died in 1838. a.^ed 40 years.
Bowie County, Texas, was so nameei for James Bowie.

THE BOW EN FAMILY

Moses P.owen and his wife, Rebecca Reece Bowen,
emi,j?rated from Wales to the American colonies m
1698 and settled in Chester County. Pcnn>ylvania.
John P>owen. their son, married Lily .Mcllhanoy and
in 1730 moved to \iri,nnia. They had twelve chil-
dren, one of whom. Captain John Bowen. was the
father of Captain William P.owen. who wa^ the nr>t
to emigrate to Tenne><ee.

Captain William P.owen wa^ born in Fnicastle
County, \irginia, then .Augusta County, in 1742. He
was a very active, enterprising man. and by the time
he was 3.^ vear^ of age he ha-l accumulated <|uite a



232 lIlSTOKIC SUMXKR COL'XTV, Tr.xx.

liandsomc estate for tliat day l)y adflinc^ to the jxtr-
tii)n given to liiin by his mother, lie took ])art in
Severn 1 camijai^ns at,'ainst the French and Indians as
a member of tiie Colonial Army of X'irgfinia before
the Ivevolution of 1776. lie was a First Lientenant
in Cai)tain William Russell's company in the campait^n
against the Shawnee and other Indian tribes in 1774,
the confederation being commanded by '"Cornstalk,"
a noted chief of the Shawnees. He was in the liotly
contested battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774.
lie was also with Cajitain Russell while that officer
was in comniand of Fort Ivandoljjh. v.-Jieu that garrison
was ftrdered to ]«.■ disbanded by Lord Dunmore m
July. 1775, fearing the fort niight be held by the
i-ebel authorities. Prior to this tlate he was with
IvusselTs ]\angers when they as>isLed in relieving the
beseiged fort at Watauga.

Cajjtain liowen was ])rincipally engaged in the pav-
tisan warfare on the border of \"irginia and Tennessee
during the Revolution. lie was in the cavalry .service,
employed in scouting and protecting" the frontiers
from the inroads of the P>riti>h, Indians and Tories.
At the termination of the long struggle for independ-
ence he, with iifteen other soldiers of the Continental
rirm\-, traveled all through Kentucky and the Cuiuber-
land country, as Middle Tennessee was then called.
l)rospccting for favorable i)laces to locate their land
warrants, which had been received for services in the
war of inile]x'ndence. Captain Powen was so ])lea-ed
with the country that he located some of his lands in
w hat is now Smith County, Tennessee, but the larger
]H)rtion in Sumner Count}', about twelve miles fron\
Xashville. Tie moved his frnnily from \'irginia in the
early auiunm of 17S4 to Sumner L"ounty. where he
built a double log house in which he lived for two
}ears: then built a two-story brick, which is still
standing near (loodlettsville and in good preservation,
though it was built i)i 17S7. when what is now Ten-
ne>see was a jiart of Xorth Carolina, ll i> said to



SOMK Su.MNKR CoUNTIANS 233

have been the lust l)ricl< house built in Tennessee.
General Daniel Sniiih. his friend and fellow soldier,
built a stone house, known as "Rock Castle," in the
same vicinity. The two sent to Lexington. Ky., for
stone and brickniasons to erect the two houses.

Captain William r.owen. in 1777, married Mary
Henley Russell. dau.i;Iiter of (iencral William Russell
and his wife, Tobitlia Adams, in Aui^^usta County.
^'ircdnia, now AVashinu^ton County, near where Abing-
don now stands. He died in ."^umner County on De-
cember 15, 1804. He left eight chil-lren. Tobitha
married Colonel Armstcad .Moore of X'irginia. They
moved to Snu'lh County, Tennessee, where they died,
leaving' eleven children.

Colonel John P.owen. son of Captain William liowcn,
was born in \'irginia in 17S0; came witli his parents
to Sumner County in 1784. At the age of 16 years
he was sent to Lexington, Ky.. to school. About the
year 1800 he commenced the -tufly of law in the oftice
of John Rrcckinridge in Lexington. After two years
he returned liome and began the practice of law in
Gallatin and soon rose to prominence.

In 1813 y\v. IJowen was elected t<^ Congress as a
Democrat and served one term, at the expiration of
which he returned to the practice of his profession at
Gallatin. In 1815 he married FJizabeth Allen, daugh-
ter of Grant Allen and his wife. TabitliaMarshall. of
the Dixon Springs neighborhood. They had f(»ur
children; two died in ycuth and two reared large
families. 'J"he eldest. Mary, married Judge Jacol> S.
^'erger of Greenville. Mis>.. a member of the famous
Yerger family formerly of Lebanon. They had three
sons killed in the Confederate army. William G.
Yerger, a ])rominent lawyer of Greenville, is the only
living .«;on. ilenry Yerger, another son. died at hi>
home near Greenville, leaving a family. Grant Allen
r.owen. son of John 11.. married .\manda Verger.
Thev left two children. h>hn li.. Ir.. and Mary.



234 Historic Sumner Countv, Tf.xn.

Colonel John II. I'owen (lic<l on September 25, 1822.
He was an acconiplishcd .scholar, a just and upri.Ldii
man, a ^rcat lawyer, a ])urc statesman and a truo
friend. The i)rick house which he erected for his
home in ( laiiatin is still standini^;. It was bouq'ht after
his dcatii hy Governor William Trousdale, and from
iiim it passed to his son. the lion. Julius A. Trousdale,
and after his death was presented by his widow, Mr^.
Anne Berry Trousdale, to the I)au<.^hters of the Cc-n-
federacy.

Levisee liowen. (lau.q;hter of CaiHain William Ijowen.
marrieil Colonel James Saunders. They had their
home in \\ ilson County, where six children survived
them.

William, son of Captain William Bowen. married
Mary Rankin, and after her death. Polly McC."all.
They removed to LaGrange, Texas, where they died.
leaving seven children.

Samuel, son of Captain William lii^wen, marricl
Amanda Stone. They removed to Missouri, where
they died, leaving seven chihlren.

Mary B.owen died young. Celia married Rev.
Barton W. Stone, a noted divine, and one of the
founders of the '"Campbellite" Church. They lived in
Kentucky and Missouri; left six children.

Catherine I'.owen. third daughter of Cajnain A\'illiam
Bowen, was born in Sumner County in March. 178r.
She was married in 1807 to David Campbell, who was
born in Washington County. \ irginia. on. March 4.
1781, and died near Lccville, Wil.son County, Tennes*
see, on June 18. 1841. She died at "Campbell." the
home of her eldest son, Gi^vernor William 15. Campbell.
March 7, 18o8. They lived in Sumner County ior
some years after their marriage, then moved to Car-
thage. Smith County. They had six children — W il-
liam P.. C"ampl.)ell, who mairied l'rance< Owen and



SoMK Sumner Countians 235

left seven children ; J'^hn 11. dii-d unmarried ; Mary
R. H. married E. P. Scales; MarL;aret died unmar-
ried; \'ir<4inia T. I. married Kev. William Shelton ;
l)a\id TI. R. marrird Lucy Goodall.



THE CAMPBELL FAMILY

The \'iri:;inia Cami)l)ells were de-ccnded from the
ancient famil\' of that name in Ari^yleshire, Scotland.
Alexander Campbell lived at Inverary, in tiiat .shire;
his son, William Campbell, married Mary ]>yers.
They emigrated from Scotland to the north of Ireland,
near Londonderry, in Donei::^al to\\-nshij). Lister dis-
trict, and there lived for some years, and then came
with their eii^ht children to America — the exact date
is not known. The father was an honorable, uprijj^ht
.gentleman; the mother was a woman of remaikable
intellit;ence. possessed of all the wo)iianly virtues — a
good wife and a good mother. They children were:
David, William. Elizabeth, Martha. .Alexander, Rolu-rt,
Jane and ALar\'.

David, was called "I'.lack David" because of his dark
hair and com])lexion. and to distinguish him from, his
distant cousin, "White David." who was fair, with
yellow hair and blue eyes. These two married hall
sisters. Llack David, who was born in 1710, married
Jane Cunnyngham. They came from Ireland with
their parents and settled in X'irginia, it is thought,
first in Culpei)per County ; later tluy removed to
Augusta Count}', which at this time was the extreme
frontier. The}' had four children: William, Mary,
Martha and David.

William Cami)bell, the eldest son of iXavid, married
Mary h^llison. He inherited the whole of his father's
property, which left the other children t<^ take care of
theniselves. His youngest hnnher. Captain David
Campliell, who was born in 175.^, marrictl his cousin,
Margaret Cam])bell, datighter of White David and his
wife, Mary Ilamillon. ( )n Jul\ .y\ 17*''^ Cajjtain



236 Historic Sumxi:r Couxtv, Ti:xx.

David Campbell lost iiis wife. In- whom he had ci^lit
children, four of whom died in childhood. Jane mar-
ried Colonel Wrii^dit. of the United Stales army.
They left no issue. Mary married her cousin, l^avid
Camphcll, afterwards Governor of \'iri;inia. They
had no ciiiMrcn. John entered the req:ular army an<l
served until the close of the War of 1S12, when he
retired wilh the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He left
no children. The youngest .<=on, David, was ])orn on
March 4, 1781. He married Catherine liowen. daugh-
ter of Ca])tain \\'illiam T.owen and granddaughter or
General William Russell. Captain J3avid Campbell,
alter the death of his wife. Margaret, married a second
time, and by this wife had one child. Margaret Lavinia.
who married J-icv. John Kelly. In 1823 Cajnain David
Campbell removed to Middle Tenne.-see and lived for
a time in Sumner County; then bought a farm in
\\'ilson County, where he died .\ugust 18. 18vi2. It
was at their u\i\ homestead on Mansker's Creek that
their eMest son. \\'illiam I'.owen Campbell, was burn.

tiOVCRXOR WILLIAM P.. (WMPIILLL.

A\'illiam !>. Campbell was born in Sumner County,
on Mansker's Creek, February 1. 1807; was reared on
a farm; crmipleted his education at Abingdon, \ a.,
under liis tmcle. Governor Davitl I';. Campbell, with
w bom he studied law : commenced practice at Car-
thage in 1829. In 1831 was elected by the Legi>la-
ture Attorney General for the Fifth District. He
resigned the same year anrl moved to Sparta: returned
to Carthage in 183.S and was elected a member o\ the
Legislature. He married Miss Fannie I. Owen, in
183*') he was elected Ca])tain of a company for the
Creek \\'ar. During the seven !7ionths he wa>^ in
command of his crMn])any he fully .-sustained the repu-
tation for courage and skill of InV distinguished ances-
tors and other members oi the Cami)bell f.'unily at
King's Mountai4i and elsewhere. In 1837 be defeated
AX'illiam TroUMlale lor Coni-rc-s, and again defeated



SOMK SUMXICK COUXTIAXS 237

him in 1.S3'); re-clcctcd in 1X41 withont opposition,
and at the end of his term retired tc private life and
the practice of law. Soon afterwards he was made
Major General of militia. When the war with Mexico
besran he was elected Colonel of the First Tennessee.



• i«.:r-.r;->;Tr ••.^ni-. >-.r.k»-^*i: r7-»-»,^^r-»^r



^JUm .Jtl^MAA\ . I .Ai^l. ■Jui>miit^Mm:.ii!xih^ A^- w k ra 'ti '



GoVIUtNOR WlI.I.IAM BOWEM CAMPliia.L

Jn that war he won distincticw, as did his rec^dment
at Monterey, \'era Cm/., Cerro Gordo and other en-
tja.rjcments. The reg^iment was called the "Uloody
First," and well it merited the tith>. Su..n after the
return of the troops from !\rexico CoUmicI Campbell
was by unanimous vote elected to succeed jud^c Abram
Caruthers as Circuit JudL;e. Jn 1851 ho was nunn'-



238 Historic Sumxf.r Couxty, Ti:nn,

nated b}' acclamation as the Wliit?' canclidatc- for
Governor. Jn this election he was aqain op])(>.-e(l by
William Tronsclale. and a^ain defeated him. At the
end of his term he refused renomination. In 1853 he
moved from Carthage to Leljanon and accepted the
presidency of the iJank of Middle. Tennessee. in
1861 he canva><ed the State in <>ppofiti(.)n to secession.
On July 23. 1862, he was commissioneil a l>ritj^ailier
General in the Union Army, which office he resigned
two months later. In 1865 he was elected to Coni2^res*>.
but was not permitted to take his seat until in June,
•1866. lie died at Lebanon August 19. 1867.

For two centuries the Campbell family has been
prominent in \'irj4inia and Tenness6e. The\- i)artici-
pated in the early Indian wars, the French and Indian
war, Dunmore's war, and in the Revolution, in the
battle of King's Mountain were eiglU members of tlie
family, one of whom was the commander-in-chief.
Jn the War of 1812, in the Mexican War, and in the
Civil War they were con>picuous for their bravery.

Governor Cam]jbell left seven children. The eldicst.
\\'illiam P.., died unmarried just after leaving colleg.'.
The eldest daughter, Mary O., married D. C. Kelly.
They left one son, David C. Kelly, wlio married
Jane Cowan of llendersonville, Sumner County. The
second daughter. Margaret II. Campbell, marrie 1
James .S. I'ilclicr. an attorney at law, j^racticing at
Nasliville. They have three children: Stuart. Camp-
bell and b'rances Pilcher. The third daughter. l-"annie
A. Campbell, married J. M. i'.onner. a Xashville law-
yer; they have three children: Campbell, Mose> and
Mary I'.onnrr. 'i'he three living sons of Governor
Campbell are: Jo>eph A., who married .Alice iiall;
tiiey have three daughters, Irance.-. Mary and Je>sie
1). Campbell. 'I'hey live near Lebanon, at ■\"ami>-
bclls," the old hciniestead that has been in the fanul\
for many yc'ar>. 1. ( )wen CamiibcH married Su-ie
Towson. Tluv li\'e on a farm four mik- from Leba-



SoMi-: Sum. NEK Couxtiaxs 239

non. Tlic youiif^cst child of riovcrnor Campbell —
Lcnnicl R. Caniphcll — niarricd Johnnie .Marshall.
Tlie\' have three sons: William T* , Matthew .M. and
Knssell Campbell. l.A'muel R. Campbell is a lawyer,
practicinj;- in Nashville, bnt resides on his farm, four
miles from the city.

E. W. CAR.MACK

Edward Ward Carmack was born near Ca>talian
Si)rinms, in .Snmiier County. .November 3. 1838. liis
father, a Cb.ri>lian mini>ier, died while he wa^ an
infant, leaving' a widow and cliil iren with a -^cant
endowment of worldly wealth. l-Mward early beL;an
his stru<^,iLiks wilh the world, \vork:ni;- on a farm, in a
brickyard and at other occupations. atic-ndiuL;- the coim-
Iry schools antl reccivinj;" instructions from his mcjther
w hen the time ccndd be s|)ared from his labors. 1 le
studied law and was licensed to ]iractice in Coiumliia.
He became e litor of the Coliiiiibia IlcraJd. and in 1884
was elected a member of the Lejj:islature from Maui-}-
and Williamson Couniies. In 1886 he became one of
the editors of the Xaslivillc .hiicricaii, and later was
editor-in-chief of the Democrat. In 1892 he nuAcd
to Memphis to acce])t the position of editor-in-chiet
of the Connitcrcial .If^pcal, and wdiile occupying- that
position «:;^ained nuich i)rominence 1)}- his vi^orou> and
forceful editorials. lie had o])inions on all ])nblic
questions and earnestly and boldl->- e\])ressed tluni.
In 18'^6 he resigned from that ])apcr and was elected
a member of Cont^ress as a Democrat. His oi>poueut,
Josiah Patterson, contcsteil the election. l)ut the Ibm-e.
"thoui^h stroni^ly I\e]nd)lican, decided iu fa\i>r wi .Mr.
Carmack amid one of the most dramatic sceno ever
witnessed in Conj^ress." ".Member> stood on thi-ir
seats that they mii^ht not lose a syllable of his k'^ic,
v.-hile with breathless attention they listened to his
thundering- apjieals in behalf of the .'-^onlh that burnrd
their way into the heaits i)f all." .'\ever beloic wa><
such a speech heard in Cim^ress; it altractcvl atUntion



1



-^



Senator I'^dwaru Ward Caumack



SoMi: SUMMIR CuL'NTIANS 241

from all parts of the I'liion and fixed the speaker's
position as an orator and logician iii;:^li in ]nil)lic esti-
mation. In 1S''S lie was re-lecled, rjid in I'JOl lie was
elected a I niled Slate> Senator. .\s a <lebater .Mr.
Carmack had few ecjiuils in the Senate. What he
conceived to be rii^ht he advocate.!; what he consid-
ered wroni;' he condemneJ with vi:^'-r. I'cw adversa-
ries cared til meet him in debate. Senator Carmack
was bold, frank and fearless, lie was a student, an
orator and a statesman. In intellect die had no supe-
rior in the .Senate. In .\i)ril, IS'^O, .Mr. Carmack
mrurleil .Miss I'dix.abelh C"e)be\- I liinnini^lon. a daughter
of one of the mi»l distin^uishcil families of .Maury
Count}'. They ha\e one child, h^dward \\'.. Jr. In
1906 he wa> defeated for re-electi(>n to the Senaic.
.V writer in the Kiio.vi'iilc Journal and 'J'rihiinc. siLfii-
iiiL; him-elf "( )bservus." said of Senator Carmack:

"In my humble opinion, the i^realest and most b.ril-
liaiil intellect in 'J'ennessec today is a Democrat. .\'ot
only so, but in my humble oi)inion he is the .greatest
and most lirilliant intellect todax- in the Senate of the
United States. If l-'.dward W. (."arniack were a Sen-
ator from one of the .\orlhern ."^late.-, and belonLie>i to
the dominant i)arly. and had one-::alf the leni^th <if
service of some oi his colleagues from those !^lates. he
would stand today without a peer in that threat body,
lie has all the facility with the Kind's I'ji^ii.sh that
John J. In^alls had; but while Jn^alls was a mere
liarlisan trei,- Lance, tilting;' in the arena of words for
his (»\\n occa-^ioiial amusement, ("armack is a broad-
minded. ]ihilo->ophical statesman. XothiiiLi' finer was
ever uttered on the i)olitical rostrum than his explana-
tion of the reasons why there hav<.- always been two
t;rcat contendini;- political parties since the dawn of
.\n,i;"lo-Saxon history. It is merely the contention of
two threat ideas. The one idea stain's for the strength
of a cenir;di/ed government; the oiher stands for the
libert)- of the individual. The one carried to an ex-
trenu- means desiioti^m; the other carried to an



242 Historic Sumxi:r County, Texn.

extreme means aiiarcliy ; but the two balancing and
clicckiiij:;' each other, mean the very q'overnmcnt which
\vc enjoy today — a government which is an evokuion
of all the centuries since the W'itanagemotc of the
Saxon?. .Ml my life I have been a student of the
history of our race, and this one great dominant fact
lias inlluenced every line of that liistory, and yet I
never learned it until it fell from the lips of this man
of transcendent perception and genius."

In 1908 the temperance element of the Democratic
party in Tennessee urged Mr. Carmack to l)ecome a
candidate for the nomination for Governor, which he
reluctanlly did. making a most brilliant campaign, in
which he engaged in llity joint debates with his oppo-
nent, who was backed by the saloon element of the
party. Mr. Carmack was defeated in the primary by
a little over 6.000 votes. Soon after the election he
became editor-in-chief of the Tciiucsscaii. a daily paper
piibli>hed at Xashville. His brilliant editorials soon
attracted the attcntinn of the people all over the
country.

On the afternoon of November 9, 1908, while on liis
way from his office to his rooms, he was shot and
instantly killed while in the act of raising his hat and
bowing to a lady acquaintance. \\'ith the exceptittn
of the three Presidents who were assassinated, the
death of no man in America ever attracted such wide-
spread indignation and horror. In every county and
almost every town in Tennessee memorial exercise-
were held and resolutions passed condemning the
murder and eulogizing the dead man.

TRTIJUTli IKOM lUSlfOP IIOS-S.

To the Nashz'illc Tcinicsscaii :

It is impossible for me to write much. My heart i-
broken. Senator Carmack's death overwhelmed me.
lie was b\- all odds the greatest Tennessean that has
api:)earcd in jniblic V\\v in this generation. As a Sena-
tor he coninianded the admiration of the nation. In



So.MI-: Su.MXKR COUXTIANS 243

his whole career there is not the sh'ghtest trace or
stain of dishonor. Xo dirty dollar evcv touched his
hngers. He came out of the Senate poor, and his
friends knew it and were proud of it. He never
engaged in hargain and intrigue; he never compro-
mised j)rinci])le lor preferment; he never turned aside
one hair's breadth from the straight path of truth and
courage. Defeat did not break his spirit nor sour his
temper. \\'hcn Tennessee turned her back on him.
the noblest of her sons, he kept his head erect and
moved right onward. The evil forces that were
banded against him did not dismay him; the slanders
that A\ere circulated to ruin him utterly failed to alter
or modify the inllexibility of his purjxose. Much as


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 17 18 19 20 21

Online LibraryJay Guy CiscoHistoric Sumner County, Tennessee, with genealogies of the Bledsoe, Gage and Douglass families and genealogical notes of other Sumner County families → online text (page 15 of 21)