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Judge Lawrence B. Horrigan
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Birth: Aug. 16, 1837
Connecticut, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1883
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

Cause of death: Pneumonia
Source: Elmwood Records

Lawrence Horrigan, Brevet Maj. 1865, d. Memphis, Tenn., March 13, 1883

The Milan Exchange
March 17 1883

Hon. L.B. Horrigan, Judge of the Memphis Criminal court, died of pneumonia last Wednesday, after a very short illness. He was one of the ablest criminal judges in the state, and his death is a great loss to the people.

History of the Red Cross, 1883
A Tribute to Judge Horrigan

Horrigan came here with a sword in his hand, inimical to this section and its institutions. Single-handed, without clique or the usual appliances of the aspirant for honors from the people, by his own intrinsic worth and steady purpose, he raised himself to a lofty height, and was held and supported there by that very people who now mourn his death as a public calamity.

Among the beautiful floral designs bearing the last testimonials of the respect and love of a stricken people was the Red Cross in the center of the shield of white, the offering of the society of which he was an honored member.

The following resolutions were reported and adopted by a committee from that society selected for that purpose;

Resolved, That the members of the Memphis Society of the Red Cross of Geneva unite with their fellow citizens in deploring the death of Judge Lawrence B. Horrigan.
Resolved, That as a member of this society he upheld its principles and purposes by a life of the broadest and most comprehensive charity. His heart was easily moved by the cry of the distressed and the appeal of the sorrowful; and, though inflexible in the performance of duty, he was prompt with tender sympathy for the one and a generous hand for the other.
Resolved, That our brother Horrigan was an upright judge, an honest, manly man, who was not only unswerving in his integrity as to his duty on the bench, but in all that he was called upon to do, whether in private or public life. He was a modest man, and the honors conferred upon him by his fellow-citizens could not swerve him from the simple dignity of a character that rested securely upon the foundations of duty. To be an upright American was to him to be all a man could be.
Resolved, That we mourn his loss, not only as a member of this society, but as a citizen, and, above all, as a judge whose place it will be difficult to fill.
Resolved, That we condole with Mrs. Horrigan upon her loss, and tender her our heartfelt and respectful sympathy upon a bereavement the saddest Memphis has for years been called upon to sustain.
Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the society, and that a copy of them be forwarded to the widow of our deceased brother, and that they be published in the daily newspapers of the city.
N. Fontaine
G.B. Thornton
W.H. Rhea
C.W. Metcalfe
W.W. Thatcher

Copies of these resolutions were forwarded to the National Association, and the following letter of sympathy and appreciation returned:

To the Society of the Red Cross at Memphis Tenn:

The National Association hastens to express its sympathy with you in the loss of so noble a friend of the Red Cross, so genial an associate, so wise a counselor, so upright a magistrate as the late Judge Horrigan.

It seems evident from all the tender and glowing tributes strewed thick upon his grave that he was indeed a worthy member of the grand league of noble men and heroic women in thirty-two principal nations of the earth, silently and swiftly gathering with a common high and humane purpose to mitigate the calamities of war and the misfortunes of peace.

To have gladly accepted manly and honorable service in such an organization marks him as one to whom high duty is a consecration, and to whom fame, even the highest, is but a flickering shadow cast by the radiant brightness within. Let us all, then, gather courage and steadiness of purpose, a disciplined sympathy, a quickened, unwearied humanity, from the contemplation of his character and life; let us each make haste to do the work set before us, in the providence of God, unostentatiously, thoroughly, and well; so that, summoned, like our dead friend, suddenly from the scenes of earth, though we may leave our tasks unaccomplished, they may yet seem glorious in design, if not in completion, and speak of us sincerely and with more fitting substance than words can ever compass or suggest.

With tenderest sorrow and most cordial regard the National Association begs to lay its garland on this new-made grave, and to indulge the hope that an intercourse so pleasant and so useful heretofore, may deepen in tenderness and energy as we go forward together.
The National Association of the Red Cross.
Clara Barton,
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  Addie Louise Stearns Horrigan (1843 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmwood Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Lot 928, grave 3, Turley
Created by: Mary & Kent
Record added: Feb 22, 2013
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Judge Lawrence B. Horrigan
Added by: Mary & Kent
Judge Lawrence B. Horrigan
Added by: Mary & Kent
Judge Lawrence B. Horrigan
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