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Bedford County TN Biographies


Abram Martin Tillman - The present United States District Attorney for the Middle Tennessee District is one of the ablest representatives of the bar of the state and has been a member of the Federal and State bars for the last 25 years. Mr. Tillman is a native of Bedford county, this state, where he was born on September 8, 1863, a son of Lewis and Mary Catherine (David­son) Tillman. The family is of English and Scotch-Irish descent.

Near Shelbyville, Tennessee, where he spent most of his childhood, Mr. Tiliman attended the private and public schools and was later graduated from the Winchester Normal, Winchester, Tennessee. He attended the law department of the Columbian, now the George Washington University, at Washington, D. C., from which he graduated in 1886, taking both graduate and post graduate courses, and was admitted to the Tennessee bar at Shelbyville the same year. He soon acquired a reputation for careful and successful handling of cases, and has always enjoyed a high place in his profession. In 1887 he formed a partner­ship with his brother George N. Tiliman, at Nashville, and such partner­ship continued until in 1898 when President McKinley appointed him for his first term as United States district attorney. He was reap­pointed by President Roosevelt in 1902 and 1906 and in 1910 by Presi­dent Taft. His record has been an able one, and he has successfully man­aged many very important cases during his incumbency of said office.

Mr. Tillman is a member of the Hermitage Club, and of the Golf and County Club. He has been secretary and a member of the board of trustees for the Columbia Military Academy since its establishment. Mr. Tiliman was married on November 28, 1894, to Miss Sarah Clayton Ford, of Nashville, a daughter of Ben C. and Stella (Pope) Ford. Mr. and Mrs. Tillman have two daughters, viz: Miss Louise C. and Kathleen. In politics, Mr. Tillman has always been a Republican. He is at the head of the law firm of Tillman & McCall of Nashville, Tennessee.

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Lawyer, U.S. District Attorney for Middle Tennessee; born Bedford County, Tenn., September 8, 1863; son of Lewis and Mary Catherine (Davidson) Tillman; educated in public and private schools of Shelbyville, and graduated Winchester Normal, Winchester, Tenn., graduated in law from Columbian University (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C. in 1886; married Sarah Clayton Ford November 28, 1894; admitted to bar 1886, Shelbyville; was partner of G.N. Tillman, Nashville, Tenn. in 1887 to 1898, when he was appointed U.S. Attorney by McKinley; served four years and was re-appointed in 1902 by Roosevelt; re-appointed in 1906 under Roosevelt’s administration and again in 1910 by President Taft; is at present head of firm of Tillman & McCall; member Watauga Club and Golf and Country Club, Nashville; Secretary and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Military Academy since its organization.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

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