Davidson County


Thomas H. Malone

THOMAS H. MALONE, president of the Nashville Gas Company, was born in Limestone, Ala., in 1834, and is the son of James C. Malone, a prominent planter. In 1855 he graduated from the University of Virginia with the degree of A. M. He then studied law in the office of Houston & Brown, of Nashville, and in 1859 was admitted to the bar. Shortly after his admission he became a member of the firm of Houston, Vaughn & Malone and practiced until the Civil war came on, when he enlisted as first lieutenant of the Rock City Guards, afterward Company A. of Maury's Tennessee regiment, and served with that company until after the battle of Shiloh. He was then made assistant adjutant-general, with the rank of captain, on General Maury's staff. After the battle of Murfreesboro he was transferred at his own request to General Wheeler's cavalry and was assigned to duty in the Seventh Alabama cavalry. He remained with that regiment until captured at Shelbyville, when he was taken to Johnson's island and held a prisoner until near the close of the war. After he was exchanged he was sent to Richmond, where he received orders to report at Montgomery, Ala., but the final surrender came before the order could be executed. During his service he fought at Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, and was in numerous minor engagements. He was slightly wounded at Perryville and his horse was wounded under him at Murfreesboro and he had two horses killed under him at Shelbyville. After the war Judge Malone resumed the practice of law in Nashville as a member of the firm of DeMoss & Malone and continued in that relation until he retired in 1892. Later he was one of the judges of the chancery court for the sixth division of Tennessee for two years and was forced to accept the appointment to the chancellorship. Circumstances, however, compelled him to take an interest in the gas company, of which he was elected president in 1898. He is also interested in agriculture. He was first married to Miss Ellen Fall, daughter of Alexander Fall, of Nashville. She died in 1897. To this marriage there were born four children. Thomas H., Jr., is an attorney of Nashville, who was educated at Vaderbilt university, besides studying law one year in Berlin, Germany. He was afterward assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt university. Edward F. is an alumnus of Vanderbilt university, where he received the degree of A. B., and is now a student in the medical department of Johns Hopkins university at Baltimore, Md. Ellen T. is the wife of Prof. William T. MacGruder, of the Ohio State university at Columbus, Ohio, and Julia is at home. Judge Malone's second wife was Mrs. Milley Ewing Hall. Mr. Malone is a Knight Templar Mason and member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
[Notable Men of Tennessee, Vol. 1, Judge John Allison, Editor, Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, GA, 1905
Transcribed by Rhonda Hill]