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ton, South Carolina; and on February 14th, 1915, this wellmated and congenial couple rounded out their half century of wedded happiness, though the hand of death was then hover ing close above the head of Mr. Trezevant.
Immediately after the surrender Mr. Trezevant brought his bride to Memphis, where they resided continuously until his death. At once on his return to Memphis he took employment with a coal dealer, but soon became associated with his father, John Timothy Trezevant, in the real estate business. He continued in this work for several years, devoting all his spare time to the study of law. In 1870 he was licensed to practice law. From 1873 to 1885 Mr. Trezevant was associated with Hunsdon Cary, under the firm name of Trezevant and Cary. It was during that period of intimate association that the writer of this memorial grew to know, respect and love Mr. Trezevant for his high and honorable character and his clean and stainless life. About 1885, or shortly thereafter, Mr. Trezevant formed a partnership with Ex-Chancellor Wm. M. Smith (who had in 1870 licensed him to practice law), under the firm name of Smith & Trezevant, which connection continued until the venerable Chancellor, because of increasing years, retired from active work. Since then Mr. Trezevant has been associated in practice with his son, Stanley H. Trezevant (now United States Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee), under the firm name of Trezevant & Trezevant; and later with his son and R. Lee Bartels (now County Attorney), under the firm name of Trezevant, Bartels & Trezevant, which continued up to a year or more ago, when Mr. Trezevant's failing health necessitated his retirement from active work.
Mr. Trezevant was a safe and able counsellor; he was a sound and convincing reasoner; he was a courteous but firm antagonist; he had the supreme respect of the courts before which he practiced; and of his brothers of the bar.
Mr. Trezevant was public spirited, and served his community efficiently in many ways. From January, 1873, to January, 1881, he was a member of the Board of Education of the Memphis city schools, representing the Seventh Ward of the City of Memphis. He was zealous, active and conscientious in
the discharge of his duties, and retired at the end of eight years with the respect of the whole community.
From 1910 up to the date of his death Mr. Trezevant was a member and vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bolton College, and had the profound respect of his associates in that tody.
Mr. Trezevant was for very many years a member of the Episcopal Church, having been confirmed by Bishop Quintard. He was one of the vestrymen of Grace Church, and had been for more than thirty years, and for upwards of twenty years was Senior Warden of that Church. He was greatly beloved and was respected by the whole congregation.
We believe that his life was useful to his community, in that he loved it,and served it without other reward than its gratitude. We believed that his life has been a benediction to all who came within the range of its influence, because he was clean and honorable and upright. He was gentle as a woman and manly as a man.
Therefore, be it resolved, that in the death of Marye Beattie Trezevant the State has lost a valued and useful citizen; this immediate community a willing worker for its material and moral uplift; the Bar has lost an honored member, beloved and prized for his amiability, probity and usefulness. To his family, as a husband and father, he leaves the precious heritage of a spotless name.
Resolved further, that these resolutions be engrossed in the Memorial Record in the Law Library, and a copy of them sent to Mr. Trezevant's family.
HUNSDON CARY, Chairman.
J. P. YOUNG.
R. LEE BARTELS.
JAMES M. GREER.
Judge Wm. M. Smith, eighty-five years of age, the former law partner of Mr. Trezevant, requested that the following letter be read, and, after the same was read, it was moved that the same be made a part of the resolutions, which was accordingly done:
Though no longer an active member of the Bar, and being unknown to many of you, I ask leave to say a few words in
memory of my friend.
For about fifteen years preceding my retirement from practice in 1906, Mr. Trezevant and I were partners. I have known him since he became a lawyer, and somewhat intimately for many years before we became partners; and I know him to have been a pure, clean man, upright and conscientious in all his dealings. As a lawyer he was high-toned and punctilious in observing professional ethics, scorning all unprofessional tricks to obtain business. He was not jealous, and did not envy his more successful associates. He was very faithful in discharge of his duties, and always gave his clients his very best services. I never knew any one to be more distressed at mistakes-and we all make mistakes. Of course, we sometimes differed on questions of law, and I think he was more inclined to yield to me than he should have been; but in our business relations and personal intercourse there was never a difference or an unkind word between us. And I take pleasure in saying to his friends and associates at the Bar that during this long and intimate association of our partnership, I never heard him utter an impure, vulgar or profane word. I never heard him say anything, or knew him to do anything, unworthy of a pure Christian gentleman.
I commend his life and example to his surviving associates of the bar. W. M. SMITH.. The President: That brings us to the subject of miscellaneous business.
Mr. James H. Malone: Mr. President, there is a paper that Mr. Banks presents here with respect to formulating and enacting uniform laws, and I would like for the Secretary to read it. There is nothing more important.
The Secretary thereupon read the following resolution, which was presented by Mr. Lem Banks, of Memphis:
"Be it resolved, That the Tennessee Bar Association congratulates the American Bar Association on the work it has done in formulating and procuring the enactment of uniform laws, and that the Tennessee Bar Association hereby pledges its support to secure the adoption by the Tennessee Legislature of such uniform laws as may be recommended by the American Bar Association, and that a copy of this resolution
be sent to the Secretary of the American Bar Association." Mr. James H. Malone: Mr. President, I move that the resolution be adopted.
The motion was duly seconded, and was put to a vote and unanimously carried.
The President: Gentlemen, we are a little out of order. We have a resolution presented by Mr. R. G. Brown, which I think should be taken up first. The Secretary has the resolution, and will please read it.
The Secretary thereupon read the resolution referred to, the same being in the following words:
"Whereas, the fundamental principles of our government are that all just government derives its powers from the consent of the governed, and that there should be no taxation without representation; and,
"Whereas, women are governed by the same laws as men, and pay the same taxes upon their property as men;
"Therefore, be it resolved, by the Bar Association of the State of Tennessee, in annual session assembled, that we favor and endorse the submission to the people at the earliest possible time an Amendment to the Constitution granting equal suffrage to women in the State of Tennessee, in order that they may have a voice in the enactment of the laws by which they are governed, and in the regulation of the taxes which they are required to pay upon their property."
Mr. R. G. Brown: Mr. President, I was requested to draft that resolution by the Equal Suffrage Association of Tennessee, and to present it to this meeting of the Bar Association, which I have done, and Mrs. Harry B. Anderson, a prominent member of the Equal Suffrage Association of Tennessee, is with us, and I would be glad if the President would invite her to address the meeting.
The President: Mrs. Anderson can only be heard by unanimous consent, but I am going to take it for granted that uanimous consent is given. Mr. Brown, will you escort Mrs. Anderson to the front?
Mrs. Harry B. Anderson was escorted to the front by Mr. R. G. Brown, and addressed the meeting as follows:
Mr. President and Members of the State Bar AssociationWe ladies do not come before you today with the expectation
of making speeches. We have no desire to assail your association with a fanfare of suffrage oratory. We merely wish to show you by our presence here today the very deep interest that we feel in this subject of woman suffrage, with the hope that, when you see how greatly we desire the moral support and the endorsement of the principles of woman suffrage by the Tennessee State Bar Association, that you would not withhold this endorsement from us.
Now, it is unnecessary for me to tell any married man here present today that, when a woman wants a thing, she wants it, and, as in the long run you will have to give it to us anyway, the best way out of the dilemma is just to give it to us right
But, seriously speaking, gentlemen, it seems almost idle for me to come before the trained intelligence of Tennessee Bar Association to discuss the question of woman suffrage from an academic standpoint. There has been so much written in all the appers and the magazines of the day, and the arguments for woman suffrage are so unanswerable and so unassailable, that there never has yet been advanced one single reason for withholding the ballot from women, and so we believe that all of you thinking men will be willing to admit the justice and fairness of our request. And now that the two great national political parties have endorsed the principle of woman suffrage, every politician who has his ear to the ground knows that woman suffrage is coming. Yes, the woman suffrage is no longer a vague scheme of impractical dreams. It is already today a practical working fact, for in twelve states and one territory of our union women today have the ballot. Illinois has municipal, state and presidential suffrage, and in Illinois next fall more than three hundred and sixty thousand women can vote for president. We already have ninety-one electoral votes, and that is why the two great political parties did not dare to withhold their endorsement of the suffrage proposition.
In the States where women vote, there are no unit suffrage societies, but, on the contrary, the leading citizens of those States, governors, judges, ministers, statesmen and teachers of science testify that women not only can vote, but do vote in a large percentage, and vote for the advancement of the home and the State and themselves. They testify that none of the