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Of him, as a brother lawyer, we would briefly and affectionately speak.

He was a thorough lawyer and ardent practitioner. He did not, however, seem to care for lawsuits simply because they were lawsuits. He was just, fair and discriminatory-not leading a client to litigation for litigation's sake. His choice was to adjust differences, rather than encourage controversies. He was well grounded in the basic principles of the law, and built upon them, instead of upon the technicalities of its procedure, or indiscriminately following the furrow of some lightly plowed

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As an advocate, he was pleasing and exceedingly persuasive, both before the Court and jury, for his voice was mild, musical and low. Neither wild jesticulation nor vociferous declamation was seen or heard in his argument. All in all, he ranked high and was beloved by his brothers, and by them admired for the frankness and fairness with which he dealt with them in all professional matters.

In 1905 he was appointed Judge of Division 11, of the Shelby Circuit Court by Governor John I. Cox. At the expiration of his appointed term, he was elected by the people and reelected, thus filling the duties of that office for ten years.

His hearing of cases was marked by strictest impartiality. He was patient; and he was kind, especially to the young members of the bar. He was courteous to all-never forgetting the reciprocal obligations in this regard between bench and bar. Injustice and imposition were repulsive to him, which he firmly, yet kindly, then and there repelled. Where bitterness arose between litigants he oftentimes found a way to soften asperities, incidents of which are related by many members of the bar. Legal aptitude and learning were so blended with the moral attrib. utes of kindness and justice as to make him veritably a safe and just judge. While often apparently non-attentive to the trial,


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he was in fact meditating, analyzing, sifting and separating, so that when he came to deliver his charge to the jury (seldom written) it was so clear, fair and full as to make it manifest that nothing had escaped his careful consideration; and that no phase or theory urged by the lawyers had been slighted. He was seldom reversed by the Supreme Court.

In the midst of his second term of office, when he was growing in the strength of his judicial ability--growing in the love of the Memphis Bar-growing in the esteem of the people, to whom he had become well known, through multitudes of litigants and jurors, who had witnessed the fairness, ability, and amiability with which he presided over the trial of causes—he prematurely passed away, May 18th, 1915. During several weeks prior to his death he had not felt well. For a while he visited his old country home, thinking that rest and recreation amid the scenes of bouyant boyhood days, would soon restore him to health. After remaining for a while he returned to the city, but, alas! his days were numbered. Apoplexy laid its violent hand upon him. He died suddenly in his room at the Peabody Hotel-alone, and unattended by earthly friends, yet, no doubt, surrounded by kindred spirits of all the centuries. In the early morning hours of a beautiful May day, he quit the walks of men to accompany the souls about him to the heights beyond. As though he had premonition of the early ending of life, he had, only a few days before his death, handed to a friend his own epitaph, written by himself:

“Stranger who passeth my low house of clay,
Pause for a moment in a tender mood;
Think not your sigh of pity thrown away,

Because I'd say ‘God bless you' if I could.”
And so now in beautiful Elmwood he sleeps.

Flowers are on his grave, and wreaths of immortelles encircle his fame.

RESOLVED, That the Bar of Memphis mourns with deepest sorrow the death of Walter Malone-a lovable man, worthy citizen and scholar, poet, lawyer and jurist, of whom it was justly proud.

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RESOLVED, That it extends its tenderest sympathy to his four brothers and sister in this their great bereavement.

RESOLVED, That a copy hereof be presented to the several Courts and to the Tennessee Bar Association, and a copy be sent by the Secretary to the brothers and sister of our deceased friend and brother.

C. W. METCALF, Chairman.


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JUDGE HENRY HURLBUT INGERSOLL. Henry H. Ingersoll was born January 20th, 1844, at Oberlin, Ohio. He attended college there and in 1861 enlisted in the 7th regiment of the Ohio Vol. Infantry, serving in one campaign. He soon withdrew from the army to attend Yale University, where he was graduated in 1863. Shortly thereafter he was Superintendent of public instruction in Ohio. While teaching he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1864. The next year he came to Greeneville, Tennessee, and there for thirteen years practiced law.

During the reconstruction days he was very liberal in his views. (See Ingersoll vs. Howard, 1 Heisk.) In 1876 he was & presidential elector for Samuel J. Tilden. After practicing in many towns about Greeneville, he moved to Knoxville in 1878, where he lived until his death. The governor of Tennessee appointed him a member of the Supreme Court commission in 1879 and he served for two years in this office. He was President of the State Bar Association from 1887 to 1888—at all times was a faithful and active member of this organization. He was a regular attendant upon the American Bar Association. He was special judge upon the Supreme Bench at different times. From 1891 to 1915 he was Dean of the Law School of the University of Tennessee, and continued to engage in the

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practice of his profession until the last. He also found time to do considerable writing, publishing works on equity practice and the valuable 29th volume of Cyc. on Municipal Corporations, and numerous other articles for legal publication and encyclopedias.

He was a great student of literature in general, and read extensively. He was an active member of The Irving Club at Knoxville for nearly thirty years. He was a careful and patient practitioner and one thoroughly fitted for the law. He was likewise active all his life as a member of the Episcopal church and very prominent in the Masonic Fraternity, where he rendered valuable service in the Grand Lodge for many years as chairman of committee on Jurisprudence and Laws. Many of the younger members of the bar throughout the State have benefitted by his tutorage. The end came on March 12th, 1915, at his home near Knoxville, only a few weeks after the death of Mrs. Ingersoll and just a few months after the celebration of their golden wedding. There is one daughter who survived them. In his death, this association, the church, the law department of the University, the Masonic order and the Bar have lost a useful and forceful citizen--one of marked ability and rare gifts.




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JUDGE EARNEST LINDEN BULLOCK Judge E. L. Bullock was born in Madison County, Tennessee, in 1850. His father was a lawyer and a native of North Carolina. Judge Bullock studied law under the preceptorship of his uncle, Judge John Lucien Brown, one of the most prominent lawyers of the South. He was graduated in the class of 1871, at the Lebanon Law School, from which so many efficient members of the Tennessee Bar have come. He soon began the practice of his profession with his father and uncle, as a member of the firm of Bulloch, Bulloch and John L. Brown. Later he was associated with H. C. Anderson. Elected Attorney-General of Madison County in 1875, he served well in this office for six years, when he was appointed a member of the state railroad commission, which position he occupied for four years. Appointed Chancellor in 1906, he was elected to succeed himself in 1910. He held the office of Chancellor from 1906 until 1913, when he was forced to resign because of the impaired

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condition of his health. The Chancery division over which he presided embraced twelve counties in West Tennessee, yet be. cause of his absorbing devotion to his profession and his knowledge of the law, his duties were discharged with dispatch and with the sole purpose on his part, whether the case was large or small, to mete out justice. He gave his life to his profession and was eminently successful as a practitioner and judge. His cases were seldom reversed.

Judge Bullock was always alive in politics. He was a strong leader because of his popularity. We all remember the enduring service he rendered the State in 1909, after the death of Senator Edward Ward Carmack, when he led the prohibition forces and was largely instrumental in having passed the present temperance laws of Tennessee. He never permitted his name to be put before the people as a candidate for congressman, nor before the legislature as candidate for the senate, preferring always to assist his friends, rather than seek his own advancement. Those who knew him best, say he dedicated his life to his friends, and his profession. He was always ready to give assistance to those in trouble and need. Judge Bullock was never married. He was a hard worker and bent the knee to no man.

For almost a year he lingered with the sufferings of an enweakened body, never strong, and passed away at Newport, Tennessee, August 8th, 1914, at the age of 64 years.

His nephew, Hon. R. R. Sneed, Secretary of State, was at his bedside when the end came, and he was survived by a sister and several other nephews and nieces, in Oklahoma and Texas. The editor of the Nashville Banner said of him: "Only on rare occasions is there to be found a man who possesses a virtue mag. nified to the extent that it becomes a positive fault. Judge Bullock had two such faults. One was generosity, the other unselfishness." Judge Bullock was not a member of any church, but is said to have had an unshaken faith in the Supreme Being. He was at all times interested in his home town, Jackson, Tennessee, notwithstanding his duties called him so frequently to other places.

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