BIOGRAPHIES


BEARDEN, Edwin Whiteside
Public official; born Shelbyville, Tenn., March 23, 1875; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Walter S. and Margaret C. (Whiteside) Bearden; father Chancellor of 5th Division Tenn.; paternal grandparents Dr. F.R. and Susan (Blake) Bearden; maternal grandparents Thomas C. and Margaret (Robinson) Whiteside; educated S.W.P. University, Clarksville, Tenn. and Cumberland University Law School, Lebanon, Tenn., graduated from the latter LL.B. June, 1897; married Juliet C. Ryall Jan. 25, 1899; Democrat; Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Bedford Co., Tenn. since Jan., 1900; member insurance firm of Bearden & Craigmiles; member Presbyterian church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

BERRY, Thompson Hiles
Hardware merchant; born Lynchburg, Tenn., Dec. 18, 1861; Scotch-Irish and German descent; son of William Wade and Adaline (Hiles) Berry; father’s occupation manufacturer and farmer; grandson of Benjamin H. and Ann (Ingle) Berry, and Joseph and Abbie (Anthony) Hiles; educated Lynchburg (Tenn.) Normal School and graduated from same Dec. 20, 1879; began career as salesman for a grocery house in Fort Worth, Texas; entered hardware business and selling implements and buggies in 1881; married Ida Virginia Camp June 3, 1890; member Royal Arcanum, Fraternal Mystic Circle; Democrat; former Mayor and Alderman of Shelbyville, Tenn.; member of Missionary Baptist church.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

BLACKMAN, E.L.
Banker; born Wartrace, Tenn., March 7, 1876; English descent; son of Samuel G. and Amanda J. (Lawrence) Blackman; educated at Wartrace (Tenn.) High School; early occupation in railroad telegraph office, two years, then entered the mercantile business as member of the firm of Dean & Blackman, of Wartrace, Tenn. two years, then he became operator and asst. train dispatcher in office of the Superintendent of N.C. & St. L. Ry., which position he held two years, he entered his present position as cashier of Bedford County Bank of Wartrace, Tenn.; married twice, first Annie Mai McKinley Jan. 25, 1899, second Mabel Justice Sept. 8, 1908; Democrat; mayor of Wartrace, Tenn. 1904-08; member of Baptist church, and deacon in same at Wartrace, Tenn.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

BOYD, John Franklin
Milling and electric light and power business; born Logan County, Ky., October 18, 1852; son of W.L. and Martha (Burchett) Boyd; father was a miller; common school education; worked in flour mill in early youth; married Amy Dove Forman March 28, 1888; member of the Church of Christ; interested in flour mills at Olmstead and Irvington, Ky., and flour, milling and electric light and power business at Shelbyville, Tenn.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

BROWN, Robert S.
Lawyer; born near Shelbyville, (Bedford Co) Tenn., Oct. 27, 1844; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Solomon and Evaline (Kimmons) Brown; father a farmer; educated public schools, and spent two years in Unionville Academy; began his career as a merchant; married Alice M. Booker Feb. 24, 1864; Republican; active in politics; was elected Justice of the Peace when he was 31; served twelve years as Postmaster at Murfreesboro, Tenn.; studied law and admitted to Bar in 1891; elected County Attorney and served as same until 1898; he is now actively engaged in practice of law; Director of Murfreesboro Bank & Trust Co., stockholder in Peoples Bank of Eagleville, Tenn., and owner of farm lands; member of Church of Christ.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

BRUSH, George DeForest
Artist; born Shelbyville, (Bedford co) Tenn., Sept. 28, 1855; son of Alfred Clark and Nancy (Douglass) Brush; educated Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, under Gerome, and upon his return to United States opened up a studio in New York City; awarded first Hallgarten prize in 1888, medal, World’s Columbia Exposition, Chicago, 1893, and the Temple Gold Medal at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1897; awarded gold medal, Paris Exposition 1900, where he exhibited “The Artist” and “Mother and Child;” gold medal Buffalo Exposition 1901, St. Louis 1904; married Mittie Taylor Whelpie Jan. 13, 1887; member of Artists’ Fund Society.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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