|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1842|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1903|
Thomas F. Hargis, was born in the quiet hamlet of Jackson (named in honor of Andrew Jackson), situated in Breathitt county. The date of his birth on the family record reads, 24th day of June, 1842. He was reared in his native county, and something of the spirit and strength, capability and resource of it seems to have taken root and flourished in his sturdy, enduring, but affable and sunny disposition. He applied himself to the study of law, and in April, 1866, he received his license to practice his profession. He entered upon the same in Rowan county, Ky., but in 1868 he removed to Carlisle, Nicholas county, Ky., where a finer opening awaited his energy and his ambition, and where the culmination of his heart's desire was reached, for in the month of June--the glorious time of sunshine and roses--on the 23rd day of said month in the following year, 1869, he was married to Miss Lucy Stewart Norvell, of Carlisle, Ky. From this auspicious moment fortune and honor seemed to have clasped hands and united energies in their desire to shower benefits on him.
At an especial election for county judge held in September, 1869, he was elected to fill the position, which he did with such credit to himself and satisfaction to the general public that in August, 1870, he was re-elected to the same position without opposition. In 1871 he was nominated by a Democratic convention, and at the August election, 1871, he was chosen senator from the Thirtieth district, defeating Judge James W. Anderson by four hundred and fifty-nine majority. He served four years in that position, winning many friends in his public career, and endearing himself to his constituents by a manly and conscientious adherence to their interests.
At the convention held for the purpose of nominating a criminal and equity judge of the Fourteenth Judicial district, Mr. Hargis was nominated unanimously, and was elected in March, 1878, over Colonel John L. Hickman (Republican), of Maysville, Ky., by twenty-two hundred and fourteen majority. He filled this position also with great credit to himself until April 24, 1879, when he received the nomination at Owingsville, Ky., as the choice of the Democratic party for the Court of Appeals for the First Appellate district, and on the 12th day of May, 1879, he was elected over the present incumbent, Judge W. H. Holt, of Mount Sterling, Ky., and this by the handsome majority of thirty-five hundred and fifty-five votes. He served on the bench of the Court of Appeals until the 1st day of September, 1884.
At the close of his term Judge Hargis removed to Louisville, Ky., and began the practice of law, having declined to run for re-election to the arduous position he had so creditably filled. His opinions while on the Supreme Bench of Kentucky met with the highest praise among attorneys in and out of the State. He has formed here a partnership with Captain George M. Eastin, than whom lives not on earth a more gallant and gracious gentleman, and the firm name is "Hargis & Eastin," and I venture the prophecy that it will become a power at the bar throughout the Commonwealth, for as practitioners of the law both gentlemen have a profound and thorough knowledge of its principles, and the most approved forms of practice, and as a consequence are bound to hold their eminence in the profession and add new laurels to their fame as clear, logical, and forcible practitioners.
Judge Hargis is candid and honest, bold and fearless, a ready debater, an able lawyer, and exhaustive thinker. His intellect is of a high order. In every relation of life, by firm and inflexible integrity, he has won the approbation of his fellowmen, and the warm and sincere affection of his many personal friends. He is a self-made man, and is one of the finest examples of the ennobling tendency of Republican institutions, and an encouragement to all meritorious and aspiring young men in America.
John Louis Hargis (1802 - 1886)
Elizabeth Weddington Hargis (1805 - 1843)
Lucy Stewart Norvell Hargis (1848 - 1916)
Ann Trigg Payne Hargis Rodgers (1870 - 1954)*
Mary Garnett Hargis (1872 - 1932)*
Marcia Stewart Hargis Janson (1875 - 1954)*
Ellen Chappell Hargis South (1878 - 1942)*
Robert Richards Hargis (1882 - 1930)*
Elizabeth Jane Hargis Garnett (1825 - 1910)*
Jacob Weddington Hargis (1828 - 1915)*
Kanez F Hargis (1832 - 1888)*
James Henry Hargis (1835 - 1912)*
Eliza Hargis Strong (1837 - 1919)*
Thomas Frazier Hargis (1842 - 1903)
Atilla Hargis Logan (1853 - 1925)**
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Find A Grave Memorial# 98615891
The Adair County News August 12, 1903 Page 1. - PROMINENT KENJOCKIAN DEADJudge T F Hargis a wellknownLouisville lawyer sat at one timeJudge of the Court of Appeals diedthe 3d last at Springfield Ohio ofsoftening of the brain.Judge Hargis had been making h...(Read more)|
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Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Soldier who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression. Deo Vindice.|
Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
Added: Apr. 14, 2015