Bedford County TN Biographies


One of the foremost attorneys at tlje Bedford county bar is Thomas Newcome Greer, who is engaged in active practice in Shelbyville. He was born in Shelbyville, on the 13th of June, 1875, a son of Archibald Jackson and Nannie (Thompson) Greer, natives of Tennessee. His father served throughout tife Mexican war with distinction.

Thomas Newcome Greer received his preliminary education in the common schools of Shelbyville and at the Winchester Normal School. Upon the completion of his literary education he took up the study of law, and was graduated from Columbia University at Washington, D. C., with the LL. B. degree in 1897. He began the prac­tice of his chosen profession immediately, locating in Shelbyville, where he formed a partnership with a Mr. Caldwell. The firm of Caldwell & Greer became highly suc­cessful and the partnership was maintained from 1898 until 1919, in which latter year Mr. Greer withdrew in order to practice independently. He is readily conceded to be an attorney of ability and he enjoys an extensive and lucrative clientele, handling much important litigation before the courts.

Mr. Greer married Miss Minnie Taylor, a native of Lynchburg, Tennessee, and a daughter of Dr. J. N. Taylor, who was a member of Forrest's escort during the Civil war. To Mr. and Mrs. Greer three children have been born: Gladys, Katherine and Thomas N., Jr.

Since, attaining his majority Mr. Greer has given his political endorsement to the democratic party and he has been, actively interested in party affairs. He was a member of the state legislature from this county one session. Fraternally he is identi­fied with the Masons aiid is readily conceded to be an exemplary member of the craft. During the World war Mr. Greer gave generously of his time and money in the further­ance of the government's interests. He was a member of the county committee for the promotion of the Liberty Loan drives and he made many speeches in behalf of the drives throughout the state. Mr. Greer remains a constant student of his profession and he is a man of wide culture, having a wide and searching knowledge of affairs.

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