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Bedford County TN Biographies

Clarence Cooper Ogilvie

Clarence Cooper Ogilvie, lawyer and educator, was born in Bell Buckle, Bedford County, TN March 20, 1874; English and Scotch descent; son of Jasper Ogilvie, native of Bedford County, and Josephine (Smith) Ogilvie, native of Rutherford County TN; was educated at public schools, Webb School (College Preparatory), Bell Buckle, Vanderbilt University, and University of Chicago, taking special courses in English and economics. In early life he was a bank clerk and insurance agent. Later he entered educational work and was for three years Assistant Principal of High School, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, teaching Greek and English. In 1899 he moved to Memphis TN and became cashier for the cotton firm, Wright Oliver & Co. studied law and was admitted to the TN Bar in 1901.

Shortly after entering practice he was appointed law agent fot eh IL Central R.R. Co. Resumed practice of law in 1906. ELected Member of Board of Educaiton in 1905, served till 1910, President of Board 1908. Elected Superintendent of Goodwyn Institute, a large endowed educational institution - described elsewhere in this work - in 1906 and still has charge of that Institute. Was chairman of the general commitees of citizens who secured the West Tennessee Normal School for Memphis, andhas always been active in the moral and educational movements of his community. Makes occasional public addresses.

Mr. Ogilvie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Memphis Y.M.C.A. and a member of the Second Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Masons and Odd Fellows, and Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1899 he married Jessie C. wright, daughter of Capt. Jesse C. Wright and Frederika (Oliver) Wright of Memphis. They have one child, Miss Fay Ogilvie and reside at 932 Peabody Ave. Memphis.

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Clarence C. Ogilvie has been a prominent representative of the legal profession in Memphis for the past seventeen years and since 1907 has also served as superintendent of Goodwyn Institute of this city. He was born at Bellbuckle, Bedford county, Tennessee, on the 20th of March, 1874, a son of Jasper and Josephine S. Ogilvie. Liberal educational advantages were accorded him, for he pursued courses of study in the Webb School of his native town, also in Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, and at the University of Chicago in Illinois. The period from 1896 until 1899 was spent as an English instructor in the high school at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and following his admission to the bar in Shelby county, Tennessee, in 1901 he acted as law agent of the Illinois Central Railroad Company until 1905. In the ensuing year he began the practice of law in Memphis and has here followed his profession continuously to the present time. He has been accorded a liberal clientage by reason of the ability and resourcefulness which he has displayed in the handling of his cases and in his ready solution of the intricate and involved legal problems that have been presented to him. With the Memphis Bank & Trust Company he is identified as director and attorney. In the educational field, also, his efforts have been exerted as superintendent or executive officer of Goodwyn Institute of Memphis during the past sixteen years.

Goodwyn Institute, which was founded in 1907, is an educational institution and maintains a free reference library and free lecture courses. It is the largest institution of its kind in the south and has an endowment of about one million dollars. On the 26th of July, 1899, in Memphis, Mr. Ogilvie was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Clay Wright, daughter of Captain Jesse C. Wright of Mississippi, a distinguished Confederate soldier and officer. They are parents of a daughter, Fay, who is now the wife of A. Boyd Wade of Memphis. Mr. Ogilvie gives his political support to the democratic party and is widely recognized as a most loyal and public-spirited citizen whose cooperation can be counted upon to further any plan or movement for the general good. He was a member of the board of education of Memphis from 1906 until 1910 and served as its president during the year of 1908. Through the period of the World war he ably championed the cause of democracy as a Four-Minute man. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons and the Odd Fellows and in college was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He acts as attorney for the Odd Fellows Hall and Library Association of Memphis. He also belongs to the Rotary Club and in religious faith is a Presbyterian. His interests are broad and varied, touching those things which have to do with the material, intellectual, social and moral progress of city and state, and his influence has always been on the side of advancement and upbuilding.

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Lawyer; born Bell Buckle, (Bedford Co) Tenn., March 20, 1874; English and Scotch descent; son of Jasper and Josephine (Smith) Ogilvie; educated at Webb School, Bellbuckle, Tenn., Vanderbilt University and University of Chicago; in early life he was a school teacher and bank clerk; married July 26, 1899, Jessie C. Wright, of Memphis, Tenn.; member of Masons and Odd Fellows; claim agent of I.C. R.R. Co. 1901-1905; member Board of Education, Memphis, Tenn. 1905 to 1910, president of board, 1908; admitted to bar of Shelby Co., 1901; superintendent of Goodwyn Institute since 1905.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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