B.F. Cassady

Submitted & Transcribed by Eric Stack
Source: "Memorial Record of Alabama", Vol. I, p. 587-588
Author: Brant & Fuller (1893)
JUDGE B. F. CASSADY, a prominent jurist of Alabama, was born in Henry county, Ala., October 25, 1843. He is a son of Michael H. and Caroline C. (Willis) Cassady, the former of whom was a native of South Carolina and came to Alabama about 1830. He was always a farmer. He was a son of Hugh Cassady, a native of Scotland. Mrs. Caroline C. Cassady was a native of Georgia, and was a daughter of Rev. William Willis, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church of Georgia, who lived to be one hundred years old. Judge B. F. Cassady was reared on the farm and received only a common school education. In 1862 he enlisted in Captain Sloan's company, of the Seventh Florida infantry, but in a month or two was transferred to company C, Second Florida cavalry, under Captain Chambers, and served in that company untill the close of the war. After the war he returned to his home and began teaching school and read law at the same time, being admitted to the bar in 1869. He formed a partnership with his preceptors, Wood & Carmichael, of Newton, Ala., remaining with them one year. He then practiced alone until December, 1885, when he removed to Henry county, Ala., and formed a partnership with D. C. Blackwell and practiced in Henry county until 1887, when the firm removed to Anniston, opened an office and remained intact until August 24, 1889. At this time Mr. Cassady was appointed judge of the city court of Anniston by Governor Seay, and held that position for one term. He is engaged in the practice of law at Anniston, Alabama, at this time. He was married in 1879 to Miss Georgia E. Rigell, daughter of Mark and Frances S. (Kelly) Rigell, both natives of Georgia. To this marriage there have been born three children, viz.: Lela; Zula, and Lida. Mrs. Cassady was born and reared in Dawson, Terrell county, Ga., and both she and her husband are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, south. Judge Cassady is one of those of whom it may be truly said that he is a self-made man. He began the study of law under most adverse circumstances, but such was his application, and such was his persistence that he overcame all obstacles, and by hard study and close application rose to the front rank as a lawyer, and is known far and wide, not only as a sound lawyer and an upright judge, but also a true christian gentleman.
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