Benton County


Samuel N. Harwood of Nashville, Tenn., was born in Benton county in that state, June 26, 1870, and is a son of Richard D. and Mary Eugenia (Pybass) Harwood. The father was born in Gibson county, Tenn., served during the Civil war as a Confederate soldier; was a prominent and respected man in his community: served as mayor of Waverly and three terms as land register of the middle division of Tennessee. He died in 1901. The Harwood family is of Saxon origin and during the Norman invasion they were conspicious in the defense of the king and the country. The first of the name in this country was Sir Edward Harwood, who came to Virginia in 1619, but afterwards returned to England, where he died. He was followed in 1620 and 1622 by William and Thomas Harwood, and from the latter are descended the Harwoods of Tennessee, including the Harwoods of this sketch.

The family is a numerous one and many of its members have attained to great prominence in business. The learned professions and the profession of arms. They have always displayed that sterling patriotism which inspired their celebrated ancestor, Robertus Herwood, Earl of Mercia and Lord of Bourne in Lincoinshire, when he led his men against the Norman invaders. Samuel N. Harwood was educated at Waverly college and at Winchester Normal college. He entered the law department of Vanderbilt university in 1893, graduated in 1895 with the degree of LL.B., and was the class representative at the graduating exercises in that year. He completed the course of oratory with Professor Merrill of Vanderbilt University, and graduated in oratory (as prescribed for lawyers) in the Conservatory of Music. In 1895 he was admitted to the bar and began the practice of law in Nashville, where he has built up a lucrative practice. He was elected county attorney of Davidson county in April, 1901, and again in April, 1903, holding that office at the present time. In religious matters he is a member of the Presbyterian church.
From the book "Notable Men of Tennessee"
***HARWOOD, Samuel N., lawyer; born Benton County, Tenn., June 26, 1870; son R.D. and Mary Eugenia (Pybass) Harwood; English descent; educated Waverly College, Winchester Normal, Conservatory of Music, Vanderbilt (oratory), Vanderbilt University; graduated Vanderbilt (Law) 1895; Democrat; nominated and elected County Attorney for Davidson County, Tenn. 1901; re-elected four terms.
Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler


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