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Judge Haynes Emmons Hudson

Judge Haynes Emmons Hudson

Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 4 Jun 1873 (aged 34)
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Plot Sect F lot 59 1/2
Memorial ID 100091201 · View Source
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Cause of Death: Cholera Morbus. Source: Elmwood Cemetery Burial Record

He is listed in the 1850 Census with his parents Samuel Emmons Hudson and Sally Gifford Hudson. His brother John G. Hudson was 18 at the time and his grandmother Hannah Emmons Hudson was also living in the house.

Haynes Hudson was a Lieutenant, Adjutant Engineer Regt of the West, Missouri.

Memphis Daily Appeal June 1873


Meeting of the Bench and Bar to Take Action Concerning the Death of Judge Hudson.

Resolutions Adopted--Speeches of Messrs Clapp, Ayres, Belcher and Barbour Lewis.

A Sincere Tribute from Confederate Soldiers to the Worth of a Federal Official

At a meeting of the members of the bar of Memphis, Tennessee, held in the United States court room in the city of Memphis, on the fifth day of June, 1873, the following proceedings were had in relation to the death of Hon. H.E. Hudson:

Upon motion of Judge J.M. Carmack, Hon. R.J. Morgan was called to the chair and D.E. Myers was appointed secretary.

On motion of T.S. Ayres, Esql, the chair appointed Charles Kortrecht, Esq., Hon. Wm. M Smith and T.S. Ayres, Esq., a committee to report to the meeting appropriate resolutions for their adoption.

The committee, after retiring, returned and reported the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously adopted:

The bar of Memphis is again called together by the death of one of its members, Hon. Haynes E. Hudson, district attorney of the United States for the district of West Tennessee, died suddenly at his residence, in this city, on the fourth instant. He was born near Rochester, New York, in October, 1838, and was, therefore, in his thirty-fifth year. He had been a citizen of Memphis since 1865. He filled the office of judge of the criminal court of Memphis for about twelve months with great ability, and with the strictest impartiality. About three years ago he was appointed United States district attorney, and has since filled that office. Upon his official life there is not a blemish, and his private and professional life was pure. The loss of such a man is not only a loss to his family and immediate friends, but to the profession of which he was a member, and to the public. By the members of the bar assembled in public meeting, it is, therefore,;

Resolved, That the people of Memphis owe to Judge hudson a debt of gratitude for the able, fearless and impartial manner in which he discharged the onerous duties of judge of the criminal court while upon the bench, standing, as he did, an efficient bulwark against the aggressions of crime in our midst, and wielding the power of his office for the suppression of vice and for the protection, peace and good name of our community. While his intercourse with our citizens in his more recent capacity of United States district attorney, has ever been most agreeable and acceptable to the people of West Tennessee.

Resolved, That we deeply regret the death of Judge Hudson, and tender to his family our sincere sympathy.

Resolved, That the bar attend his funeral this afternoon in a body, and that the chairman be requested to appoint a committee of arrangements for the funeral, and also, pall-bearers from the bar.

Resolved, That the chairman appoint members of the bar to present the proceedings of this meeting to the different courts of the city, with a request that they be spread upon the records of the courts.

Resolved, that the newspapers of the city be requested to publish the proceedings of this meeting, and that the secretary forward a copy to the family of the deceased.

Hon. William M. Smith, in presenting the foregoing resolutions, made a very appropriate address in regard to the private and public character of the deceased, and was followed by T.S. Ayres, Esq., Hon. Barbour Lewis, Hon. J.W. Clapp, Colonel George Gantt, Captain E.L. Belcher and James Gallagher, Esq. Each of these gentleman, in touching language, spoke of the many qualities that graced the character and adorned the life of Judge Hudson, whose personal worth was universally recognized and appreciated by every one who knew him, and especially by his legal associates, to whom he was endeared by all the enobling qualities that elevate and dignify worthy manhood. They spoke feelingly of the kindness that actuated Judge Hudson upon meeting them upon their home return at the close of the long and bitter strife that agitated our country. They referred in exalted terms to the kindness, the frankness and sincere brotherly feeling that marked the conduct of Judge Hudson when he met those from whom he had been separated by war and who were estranged by the difference of political sentiment. None of the malicious sentiments that mar the beauty of friendship, or tinge with unpleasantness the intercourse of political opponents, marked his conduct toward them. he at all times entertained respect, and displayed sincere regard for his friends, whether agreeing or differing with him. His magnanimity in this respect went far toward ameliorating the personal animosity that resulted from the sectional strife of our people, and in cementing again the bonds of fraternal feeling, he had accomplished much that was commendable and more that was desirable for the good of the community than had any other gentleman. As a judge he had done as much as any one to have executed the laws with justice to all. Although of strong prejudices, they at once recognized the lofty character of the man by the fearless and conscientious manner in which he discharged the laborious duties of his position. His services as judge of the criminal court were referred to by all of the speakers in terms of highest praise. His administration was effective, just and impartial, knowing neither party nor sect in his honest endeavors to promote the public good, restore order, and maintain law for the protection of every citizen. They had learned to respect him as a man for his noble qualities, and to admire him as an officer for the judicial excellence and impartial manner in which he discharged his duty.

Upon motion of Hon. H.W. Lee the chair appointed Hon. S.P. Walker, Judge J. Carmack and L.E. Dyer, Esq. as a committee of arrangements in regard to the funeral obsequies of deceased, and upon motion of Judge Carmack the chair appointed the following named gentlemen to act as pall-beareres: C. Canning Smith, E.S. Hammond, Hon. M.T. Williamson, Hon. H.S. Lee, H.E. Andrews, L.B Eaton, S.S. Garrett and Hon. S.P. Walker.

Upon motion, the chair appointed the following members of the par to present foregoing resolutions to the different courts of the city and county, to wit: United States court, Hon. L.C. Haynes; first chancery court, Hon. Barbour Lewis; second chancery court, E.S. Hammond; first circuit court, T.B. Edgington; second circuit court, Hon. H.S. Lee; criminal court, Hon. H. Townsend; Bartlett circuit court, A.M. Stephens; probate court, Judge J.E. Bigelow.

Upon motion of L.Lehman, Esq., the meeting adjourned.

Judge Lewis's remarks:

On this sad occasion, Mr. Chairman, I cannot refrain from offering my brief tribute of warm affection and profound respect to the memory of our loved and honored friend who has gone before us. I have known him intimately for eight long and eventful years, and I think I can most truly say that in all my varied experience of life I have never known a kinder, truer or nobler man. In all the manifold relations of life, socially, professionally, at home or in public, in private station or in official position, he was always amiable, thoughtful, conscientious; a man of sterling integrity and remarkable purity of character; modest, unassuming, manly; ever tenacious in pursuing the right and avoiding the wrong. his mind was well poised, calm, serene, ever judicial rather than otherwise, never brilliant, never wild or irregular, never eccentric, but always constant, always reliable, ever shining with a steady, uniform light. He is gone from us, taken to a higher, purer, loftier sphere in his early manhood. He had not reached anything approaching the full maturity of his powers, yet how much had he already accomplished, to how much that was noble and grand had he attained! His greatness and his whole manyly career were the fruits of the common schools of our country. He never had the advantages of a college or university education, but he had the rare and invaluable gift of using well all the advantages that ever fell within in his reach. Born and educated in New York, practising law when only twenty-one in Chicago, and the next year at Bloomington, in the State of Illinois, he served in the Union army as an officer of merit and distinction during the war, and then in March, 1865, he settled in memphis, and quietly resumed the practice of law. His studious habits, his agreeable manners, his attention to his business, and the beauty of his daily life soon endeared him to all who knew him. He rose rapidly in his profession and in 1867 was appointed prosecuting attorney of the municipal court of Memphis. He acquitted himself so well in that important office that, in 1869, he was elected judge of the criminal court. Here he found his true position. He became a terror at once to evil doers. Vice, and crime, and violence were repressed. life and property became once more safe and secure. Hope and confidence were again restored to Memphis. A new era of law and order arose. He was, in his great office of judge, a benefactor and a blessing to the community in which we live. happily he has had a worthy successor. In 1870 he was appointed United States district attorney for West Tennessee. He discharged his very trying and responsible duties as such, ably, wisely, faithfully. He served the government devotedly, but his zeal was constantly tempered by kindness, by good judgment, by forbearance and consideration for the rights and feelings of others. Within a few months both he and his younger associate in his office, Mr. William Craig, a brilliant and most promising young lawyer, have both been removed from us by death. How true it often seems that the destroying angel loves a shining mark! Within a few short years how many eminent men in our midst have been taken away from us! Not to metion others, every mind recurs at once to such men as Thomas G. Smith, Thomas R. Smith and Yerger, all of whom had been able and gifted judges, and now Hudson, a younger, but not less distinguished brother, has gone to bear them company. How much more stately and august is the grand assembly of the dead, than that of the living! We shall all join them soon. May we be worthy. As we stand around the grave of Hudson today, it will be remembered by us all that he was the sweetest, purest, kindest, noblest of men; genial, gifted, good! Blessed and fragrant will be his memory in the hearts of us all.

Gravesite Details There are no markers in Lot 59 1/2, section Fowler except for the on that says 59 1/2.




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