|Death: ||Jan. 23, 1898|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Age 47 years. Buried January 27, 1898.
The Evening Star Monday, January 24, 1898
Attorney's Tragic Death
Randall Hagner Killed by Accidental Discharge of a Gun
Deplorable Affair Which Occurred Yesterday Afternoon
The Deceased a Nephew of Justice Hagner
By the accidental discharge of a shot gun early yesterday afternoon, the life of Mr. Randall Hagner, nephew and ward of Judge A.B. Hagner and one of the best known members of the local bar, was suddenly terminated. For the amusement of his son, Robert, fourteen years of age, Mr. Hagner had taken apart the weapon and then put it together. Replacing the cartridges in the breech he moved in the direction of a closet just as his son left the room. A moment later a loud report sounded. Mrs. Hagner, who was in an adjoining room at the time, hastened to her husband and found him practically lifeless, lying on the floor with one side of his head almost torn away.
During the morning Mr. Hagner had been driving, returning to his home, 1725 De Sales Street, about 12:30 o'clock. He found his son greatly depressed because of the loss of a favorite hunting dog, which had died a few days previously. They began talking about hunting trips and in order to restore the boy's spirits Mr. Hagner as stated, brought forth the shot gun. As the parts were assembled Robert remarked that he supposed, because of the death of the dog, they would have to give up their trips, but the father reassured him by saying that another dog would be procured and the outings would be continued. Those were his last words.
His Relatives Summoned
As soon as Mrs. Hagner realized what had happened she sent for Dr. Francis E. Hagner, a nephew of the deceased, who lives, near the De Sales Street home. Dr. Charles E. Hagner, a brother of the deceased, was also summoned, but when the physicians arrived the unfortunate man was dead. The supposition is that in moving toward the closet the triggers of the gun struck one of the posts of a bedstead and the weapon was discharged.
Randall Hagner was a son of the late John Randall Hagner, paymaster, United States Army. When but two years old his parents died and he was taken in charge by Judge Hagner, now of the District Supreme Court, but at that time a young practitioner living at Annapolis, Maryland. After graduating from St. John's College, Annapolis, Randall Hagner began the study of law in the office of his uncle and was admitted to the bar upon reaching his majority. He made a specialty of admiralty law and only last week figured prominently in Judge Cox's court in the case growing out of the damage caused other vessels by the Steamer George Leary, which broke loose from her moorings during a storm in the fall of 1896.
Prominent in Bar Association
The deceased was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of the District and was also a member of the Board of Trade, the Aztec Association and the Pawtuxent Gun Club. He was forty-eight years of age.
The family of Mr. Hagner consists of the wife and son. His wife was Miss Carrie Dodge, a daughter of the Colonel Robert P. Dodge of West Washington, who was assessor of the District.
Coroner Carr, who was notified of the sad occurrence, called at the residence yesterday and gave a certificate, setting forth that death was due to an accident. The news of the occurrence caused genuine sorrow on all sides, as Mr. Hagner was unusually popular. A constant stream of persons visited the residence yesterday and today to express regret and offer sympathy.
Announced at City Hall
The effect of the death of Mr. Hagner was strikingly noticeable this morning at the city hall building, where he was so often seen and was so well known. Members of the bar assumable in groups in the corridors and court rooms and discussed the shocking occurrence that robbed the legal profession of one of its ablest and most respected members.
Judge Hagner, uncle and foster father of the deceased, of course, did not put in an appearance and consequently no session of Equity Court No. 2, in which Judge Hagner presides, was held. The death of Mr. Hagner was announced with appropriate remarks in all the other branches of the District Supreme Court. In respect of the memory of the deceased the courts, with the exception of Criminal Court No. 2, immediately adjourned. The latter court would have done likewise, Judge Bradley explained, were it not for the fact that a case had been specially set for hearing today and furthermore, that both parties to the cause has summoned a large number of witnesses, one of them having traveled a great distance. Judge Bradley directed, however, that when his court adjourn it do so in respect to the memory of Mr. Hagner. The clerk was instructed to make a statement to that effect on the minutes of the court.
It is worthy of mention that the deceased was counsel in the first case set for hearing today in Circuit Court No. 2 and that Judge Cox, in Equity Court no. 1, had arranged to announce the first thing this morning his decision in an admiralty case in which Mr. Hagner figured prominently as counsel and in connection with which he was very recently engaged before the court for nearly a week, reading testimony and delivering arguments.
Mr. Samuel Maddox, President of the Bar Association, of which Mr. Hagner was a Director, was at the city hall and arranged for the proper proceedings in the several courts. To a Star reporter Mr. Maddox stated that the Bar Association will take suitable action in connection with the demise of Mr. Hagner at the proper time.
The Several Courts Adjourn
……… Article continues with additional information about the adjournment of courts due to the death of Mr. Hagner.
John Randall Hagner (1811 - 1856)
Louisa Smith Hagner (1825 - 1853)
Caroline Roberta Dodge Hagner (1854 - 1938)
Robert Dodge Hagner (1883 - 1955)*
Charles Evelyn Hagner (1848 - 1917)*
Thomas H. Hagner (1848 - 1849)*
Randall Hagner (1851 - 1898)
Oak Hill Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Chapel Valley, Lot 339. Unmarked burial.
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Sep 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58593269