Cumberland County, Tennessee
Biographies


CHARLES EDWARD SNODGRASS

CHARLES EDWARD SNODGRASS, a prominent attorney, of Crossville, Tennessee, and ex-congressman from the fourth district, was born in White county, Tenn., Dec. 28, 1866. His parents were Dr. Thomas and Eliza Jane (Evans) Snodgrass, both natives of White county, Tenn. The father was born and reared on the farm; read medicine with Dr. Samuel Johnson; practiced in White county for many years, where he was successful, owing to great aptness and skill; studied law later in life, and was admitted to the bar; became one of the prominent and successful attorneys in his section of the state, as a member of the firm of Thomas & David L. Snodgrass. The partnership was dissolved when David L. was elected a justice of the supreme court of the state, and became chief justice of that court. Later the firm became Thomas & C.E. Snodgrass, which lasted several years. He retired from practice a few years prior to his death, which occurred in 1898, at the age of seventy-five years. He and his wife were members of the Christian church, in which he was an elder. He was a member of the state legislature from White county several times before the war of the rebellion. David Snodgrass, the grandfather of Charles E., was a farmer, of White county, and had a large family, of whom there is but one now living, Henry C. Snodgrass, an attorney, farmer and ex-congressman from the third district of Tennessee. Eliza Jane (Evans) Snodgrass, mother of Charles E. Snodgrass, is an honored resident of Crossville, Tenn., and is well preserved in body and mind, at the age of sixty-five. She is a daughter of Sevier Evans, a farmer and merchant, of White county, who in ante-bellum days was a large slave owner. He died before the war. His father, Col. Nathaniel Evans, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war; was one of the two who rescued Governor Sevier in his trial for treason in North Carolina; was at the battle of King's Mountain, and lived to a good old age. Mrs. Eliza Jane (Evans) Snodgrass, was one of two children. The late William Evans, her brother, was a farmer, in White county. Charles E. Snodgrass is the seventh of eleven children: David LaFayette, ex-chief justice of the state, who was on the bench sixteen years, and was a member of the legislature two terms; Dr. Sevier E., a practicing physician, in West, Texas; William Evans, an attorney and farmer, near Pikeville, Tenn.; Charles Edward, Thomas E., died soon after finishing his college course, at the age of about twenty-five years; James Throckmorton, a member of the Southern Realty and Investment Company, of Crossville, married Miss Fannie Wirt Whitney, and has three children, Charles Edward, Mary and John; Nancy Virginia, married R.H. Swafford, now deceased, a lawyer, of Bledsoe county, Tenn.; Mary Lou, now Mrs. Vance Carrick, her husband being a farmer, of White county; Mattie E., Mrs. H.B. Hinds, residing at Rockwood, Tenn., where her husband is a farmer and contractor; Susie E., died unmarried, at the age of twenty-five years; Annie May, the wife of E.G. Tollett, a lawyer, of Crossville. Charles Edward Snodgrass was educated in the common schools and largely by self-effort at home; read law in the office of his father, and also in the office of his uncle, Hon. H.C. Snodgrass; was admitted to the bar in Crossville, in 1888, under Judge John A. Fite and Judge Smallman; began the practice of law there, as one of the firm of Thomas & C.E. Snodgrass; continued in this partnership for several years, with the addition of others at intervals, until the retirement of the senior Snodgrass, Robinson &DeRossett, and still late of Snodgrass, Robinson &Lansden. In 1898 Mr. Snodgrass was elected a member of the fifty-sixth Congress, on the Democratic ticket, receiving 13,413 votes to 8,122 for his Republican opponent, Geo. H. Morgan; was re-elected in 1900, over John Gore, of Jackson county. This was the first elective office he ever held. He was connected with the Hon. Jere Baxter, as his attorney in Cumberland county, during the building of the Tennessee Central railroad, and later was attorney for the receiver. Mr. Snodgrass was married, June 30, 1889, to Miss Lola A. Webb, a native of Bangor, N.Y., and daughter of H.R. and Rhoda (Smith) Webb, formerly of that city, now of Crossville. Six children have been born to them: Nellie Vaughn, Robert Webb (deceased), Jonas Leslie, Lola Belle, Edgar Harvey and Elsie Virginia, the latter deceased. Both parents are members of the Christian church, in which Mr. Snodgrass is an elder and has for years been superintendent of the Sabbath school. The Snodgrass family seem to have taken naturally to the law, and a casual glance at the records will show that they have been eminently successful in that profession. Charles Edward Snodgrass has a rather unusual record, having served his second term in Congress about the time he was thirty-six years of age. The fact that he was elected at such an early age to represent a large district (fourteen counties out of ninety-six) is evidence of his popularity. He is one of the leading attorneys of the state; is popular with his fellow lawyers; is genial and courteous in his manner, is a fluent and masterful speaker, and is, altogether, a citizen in whom the state has a pardonable pride.
(Notable Men of Tennessee - Transcribed by, Kim Mohler)