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Judge Elizabeth Adeline "Bee" McCain
Birth: Sep. 16, 1898
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec. 5, 1980
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

While serving on the bench of the Juvenile Court in Shelby County Tennessee from 1950 to 1963, Judge McCain often said that children want "Guidance, protection and discipline." She was a strong advocate of parental responsibility as a means of controlling juvenile crime.

She started a program in which Memphis businessmen acted as "advisers" to youths who came before her.

She staunchly supported the rights of delinquent children. She opposed a policy advocated by J. Edgar Hoover, then Director of the F.B.I., which said the names of juvenile offenders should be made public if they committed serious crimes or were repeat offenders. Judge McCain said such a policy would thwart rehabilitation efforts.

She was born in the Levi Community of Shelby County, she spent almost 30 years in education, first as a teacher and then as Director of the Memphis Board of Education's Division of Child Adjustment, before her appointment to the bench. Following her judicial career, she became a consultant to the Tennessee Youth Guidance Commission and a lobbyist for the state Parent Teacher Association.

She was President of the Tennessee Education Association in 1948. She was named outstanding woman of the year by the Pilot Club in 1951, and by the Kiwanis Club in 1959.

She attended Memphis State College, Now the University of Memphis, and George Peabody College in Nashville, where she earned degrees in psychology and child guidance. She earned a law degree from Southern Law University, now the University of Memphis School of Law.

Elizabeth was also a charter member of the Kate Trader Barrow Book Club.
Family links: 
  Vannoy Hugh McCain (1862 - 1925)
  Maggie Belle Stephenson McCain (1870 - 1959)
  Vannoy Franklin McCain (1894 - 1918)*
  Elizabeth Adeline McCain (1898 - 1980)
  James Albert McCain (1905 - 1946)*
  Oscar Stephenson McCain (1908 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Stephenson Chapel Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Neil Loftiss
Record added: Jun 07, 2009
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Judge Elizabeth Adeline Bee McCain
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Judge Elizabeth Adeline Bee McCain
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Aunt Bee was my Grandmother's aunt. I'm sorry I never got to meet her but I hear so many stories about how she was an amazing, smart, wonderful and loving person. I was even named after her! Rest in Peace, Aunt Bee.
- Elizabeth H.
 Added: May. 12, 2015
Respected and loved by many. It was an honor to know Elizabeth.
- Margie Collins
 Added: Jun. 23, 2014
Bee McCain mistreated the girls that came into her courtroom. She ordered examinations of all girls to determine if they were virgins without permission of the parents. These reports were used to send girls to reform school. Many of these girls were vi...(Read more)
 Added: Mar. 5, 2013
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