Azrius Graves West

Azrius Graves West, retired farmer and veteran of the Civil war, is one of the most highly respected citizens of Trimble, near which community he has made his home for many years. A native of Henderson county, he was born on the 2d of August, 1843, a son of Elzy and Ann (Martin) West, both natives of this state. In the acquirement of his education Azrius Graves West attended the schools of his native county and in early life engaged in farming. Upon the outbreak of the Civil war, his sympathies being with the south, he enlisted in the Confederate army, serving throughout the conflict in the Twelfth Tennessee Regiment under Colonel Bell. He had a brother who also served in that regiment and they were both participants in the battle of Shiloh, the brother being killed. At the close of the war Mr. West returned to Tennessee and located on a farm in Dyer county. He was active in agricultural pursuits here until about a year ago when he moved into Trimble and retired from active life. He leases his land, from which he receives a good income, and he is financially independent.

The success he has achieved is well merited for it is the result of laudable ambition, stanch determination and intelligently directed efforts. Mr. West has not only won a reputation as an agriculturist, but he has been prominent in public life. He has been mayor of Trimble several times, giving to this community most businesslike and progressive administrations, and he has been active in various other civic offices. At present he is active as road commissioner. He has proven himself a business man of ability and has been a director and large stockholder in both banks in Trimble since their organization. Mr. West is readily conceded [p.106] to be one of Trimble's most influential citizens and during his residence here has contributed in a marked degree to the good of the community. On the 26th of February, 1863, Mr. West was united in marriage to Miss Susan Mary Harget, a daughter of Daniel Harget, a prominent and wealthy man of Obion county. To their union seven children were born, all of whom are married and are prominent and influential citizens of the communities in which they reside. Mr. West has always given his stanch allegiance to the democratic party, having firm belief in the principles of that party as factors in good government. His religious faith is that of the Baptist church, to the support of which he is a generous contributor, and fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. West is a man of genial and pleasing personality and his friends in Trimble and Dyer county are legion.

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