William Franklin Appleby

William Franklin Appleby, United States marshal for the western district of Tennessee, with headquarters in Memphis and residence in Lexington, was born on a farm near the latter place July 22, 1879. He is a son of Arcadius R. Appleby, a farmer and merchant, now living in Henderson county, near Lexington. The mother, who bore the maiden name of Mary Roberts, passed away in 1895, at the age of thirty-seven years, leaving two sons: John D., who is federal prohibition director of New York and New Jersey, with headquarters in New York city, prior to which time he was a lawyer of Oklahoma City; and William F. The only living daughter is Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, who resides near Lexington. The Applebys are an old Tennessee family, coming from North Carolina.

William F. Appleby was reared on the old family homestead, a farm of five hundred and fifty-five acres, which he now owns and occupies. He completed his education in the Normal School at Huntingdon, Tennessee, from which he was graduated in 1900 and in young manhood he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for several terms. While thus engaged he devoted the hours that are usually termed leisure to the study of law and was admitted to the bar at Lexington in 1901, upon examination before the late Judge John M. Taylor. He then engaged in law practice at Lexington from 1901 until March 29, 1922, when he was appointed United States marshal for the west district of Tennessee by President Harding, taking the office on the 5th of May, since which time his official headquarters have been in the Federal building in Memphis. He had previously filled some public positions, for in Lexington he had served as circuit court clerk for four years, was also county judge for six years and county trustee for an equal period, resigning the last mentioned position to accept that which he now occupies. In all of his public work he has made an excellent record and especially as county judge he rendered decisions that were strictly fair and impartial, [p.661] his record reflecting credit upon the judicial history of the state. He is still a member of the Tennessee State Bar Association and is highly esteemed by his contemporaries at the bar.

On the 5th of May, 1902, Mr. Appleby was united in marriage to Miss Lessie Parker, a daughter of J. P. Parker, a retired merchant of Wildersville, Tennessee. Mrs. Appleby is a graduate of the Methodist Female Institute at Jackson, Tennessee, and by her marriage has become the mother of four children: John, who was accidentally killed at the age of fourteen years; Chester, Mary Beth and Joe, aged, respectively, nineteen, fourteen and twelve years and all are attending school. Fraternally Mr. Appleby is a Mason and his religious faith is that of the Christian church. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party and he was a delegate to the national convention in Chicago in 1920, being the first of the Tennessee delegates to vote for Warren G. Harding for the presidency. It is his habit to study thoroughly and carefully to consider any vital question which he is called upon to settle and his aid and influence are always on the side of progress, reform and improvement. His entire life has been actuated by high and honorable principles and worthy motives and all who know him entertain for him respect and high esteem because of the honorable life he has lived and the excellent work he has accomplished as a factor in society.

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William Eranklin Appleby was born July 22, 1879 on a farm near Lexington and was reared on the old family homestead, which consisted of 550 acres, now owned by his widow, Mrs. Lessie Appleby. He was the son of A. R. Appleby, a farmer and merchant now living near Lexington and Mrs. Mary (Roberts) Appleby, who died in 1895. Mr. Appleby completed his education at the Normal School at Huntingdon, Tennessee in 1900. In young manhood he took up the profession of teaching. By religious faith he was of the Christian order. When he entered politics, he took a staunch stand for the Republican Party and was a strong supporter of it, and held various County offices. He died on February 27, 1924.

Auburn Powers History of Henderson County TN 1930

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