|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1829|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 1888|
He was Attorney General of Indiana, 1862–64.
Married Mary Perkins, daughter of Judge Samuel E. Perkins.
Francis Triplett Hord b. 9-19-1797 m. 9-20-1826 Elizabeth Scott Moss.
Francis Triplett Hord was given a sword from Congress for the Battle of Cowpens.
Oscar B. Hord Biography
authored by his nephew,
Reverend Arnold Harris Hord
Oscar B Hord (Francis Triplett Hord Sr., Elias, Jesse, Thomas, John Hord I)
Oscar B Hord was born in Mason County, Kentucky, August 31,1829. He studied law with his father, Judge Francis Triplett Hord Sr., and in 1849 went to Greensburg, Indiana to begin the practice of law. There, he and his law partner, Colonel James Gavin, began a compilation and revision of the statutes. Colonel Gavin soon after entered the war and the work was completed by Mr. Hord and Honorable Cortez Ewing. The book was issued about 1862 and had a large sale. Under the title of the "Hord and Gavin Statutes" it is still a standard of authority in many libraries. A memorial, written at the time of death of the Honorable Oscar B Hord says of it, "The bar of Indiana is greatly indebted to Mr. Hord for the compilation of the statutes, which was only superseded by the late revision of them under the authority of the Legislature, and is yet a monument to his careful industry." In 1862 he was elected Attorney-General of Indiana, and held that position for two years. At the expiration of his term of office he became a member of the law firm of "Hendricks, Hord and Baker," with Governor Baker, of Indiana, and Honorable Thomas A Hendricks (afterwards Vice-President of the United States) as members. In 1876 and 1884 he was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention.
At the time of his decease the following memorial was adopted by the Indianapolis bar:
" For more than a quarter of a century Oscar B Hord has been known to the bench and bar of Indiana. He was eminent among his brethren at the bar for the accuracy and amplitude of his professional knowledge and for this untiring industry in the practice of the law. Early in his career he mastered the statutes of the Commonwealth, and it may be said that he held them in his memory. He was acquainted with the history of almost every legislative act. No one was so entirely conversant with the course of judicial decisions from the days of Blackford and Dewey to the present time. He was recognized by his brethren throughout the State as the most eminent authority on State jurisprudence. Judges advised with him, and lawyers from every quarter sought aid of his profound acquirements. Of the many illustrious names enrolled upon the records of the Supreme Court of Indiana, none will be found recurring so often or leading in so great a number of important causes as his own. His profound knowledge and remarkable acquirements as to the rights of men were not limited to the State and nation, and he was hardly less familiar with the laws of other States and England. His capacity and power of research were unequaled. Hardly any man of his time had a wider and more accurate knowledge of the laws of English-speaking people."
On the same occasion eulogistic addresses were also delivered by the most distinguished men of the State, of whom Senator Benjamin Harrison, afterwards President of the United States, was one. Mr. Harrison said of Mr. Hord, "As a lawyer, he was not only his client's counselor, but his faithful friend as well. I think his death will reveal more memorandums of citations than that of any other lawyer of the State. Mr. Hord tried his cause laboriously. The fact that with the death of Mr. Hord one of the greatest law firms that ever existed is extinct is certainly a sad one. I knew and loved Oscar B. Hord. He was always a courteous adversary and a true friend."
Aside from the Attorney-Generalship, Mr Hord never held public office. The Indianapolis Sentinel said of him at his death:
"His wide acquaintance and popularity would have made him a formidable candidate for any nomination, but he had no political ambition, preferring to devote himself to his profession and quietly enjoy the competence accruing therefrom. True, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1876 and 1884, but he did not seek those honors to gratify personal aspirations, but solely to render service to the late Vice-President Hendricks, of whom he was a devoted, lifelong friend. Throughout Mr. Hendrick's public career, Mr. Hord enjoyed his confidence to a greater degree, perhaps, than any other Democrat in Indiana. He was, in fact, his first lieutenant, and his time and means were constantly at the disposal of the great statesman. He aided in securing Mr. Hendricks the nominations for Vice-President at both Saint Louis and Chicago, and always regarded these as the two proudest acts of his life."
"Mr. Hord's attainments were not confined to the law. He was a scholar in the full meaning of the term. He was never happier than when at home with is books. His private library was one of the largest and most carefully selected in the State. He found his greatest pleasure in literary pursuits, and was thoroughly posted on current literature. Scarcely a day passed that he did not invest in a new volume of some sort. He was a veritable 'bookworm,' and was commonly known as the 'greatest reader in Indianapolis'.
"Socially, Mr. Hord was one of the pleasantest companions. A cultured conversationalist, refined in thought, and polished in manner, he was naturally sought after by gentlemen. His kindness of heart and generosity were striking traits of his character. He gave liberally to public charity, and was accustomed to contribute to the relief distress wherever he found it. His purse-strings were constantly loosened to help the deserving. He was also ever ready to lend a helping hand to an ambitious young lawyer, and his friendship in every way of the sort that counts."
Mr. Hord married, first Nannie K. Green, of Kentucky, and secondly, Mary J. Perkins, daughter of Judge Samuel E. Perkins, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana. Oscar B. Hord died at Indianapolis, Indiana, January 15, 1888.
Francis Triplett Hord (1797 - 1869)
Elizabeth Scott Moss Hord (1805 - 1884)
Mary Perkins Hord (1839 - 1874)*
Nannie K. Thompson Hord (1829 - 1852)*
Samuel E.P. Hord (1861 - 1887)*
Emma P. Hord (1863 - 1865)*
Henry E. Hord (1865 - 1907)*
Francis T. Hord (1867 - 1901)*
Ricketts Hord (1869 - 1892)*
Mary Grant Hord Clarke (1827 - 1915)*
Oscar B. Hord (1829 - 1888)
William Taliaferro Hord (1832 - 1901)*
George Moss Hord (1833 - 1902)*
Francis Triplett Hord (1835 - 1912)*
Elias R Hord (1838 - 1923)*
Kendall Moss Hord (1840 - 1917)*
Henry Clay Hord (1843 - 1864)*
Josephine Hord Noyes (1845 - 1919)*
Note: burial: APR 17,1888
Crown Hill Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 12, Lot: 6
Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45973426