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 Lemuel Oscar Motlow

Lemuel Oscar Motlow

Birth
Lynchburg, Moore County, Tennessee, USA
Death 9 Feb 1947 (aged 77)
Lynchburg, Moore County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Lynchburg, Moore County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 10486233 · View Source
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Businessman. He was the owner and operator of the famous Jack Daniel Distillery. Jasper "Jack" Daniel took over the distillery just after the Civil War. It's ownership eventually passed to Daniel's nephew Lemuel Motlow. Prohibition had begun in the 1920s and he moved his distillery to St. Louis, Missouri and in 1923 he made a deal to sell the distillery and all of its stored whiskey to a St. Louis businessman named Don Robinson. Motlow and Robinson, were accused of bootlegging.On the way back from St. Louis to Tennessee, Motlow shot and killed a train conductor named C.T. Pullis. Motlow survived his bootlegging charge and his murder charge; in the end, the jury was persuaded that he had been double-crossed by the people to whom he was trying to sell his business. He was able to retain ownership in his Tennessee distillery. In 1931 he was elected to the State Legislature, where he served six years. Prohibition was repealed in 1933, and by the end of the decade he had rebuilt and reopened his family business in Lynchburg.

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  • Added: 16 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10486233
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lemuel Oscar Motlow (28 Nov 1869–9 Feb 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10486233, citing Lynchburg City Cemetery, Lynchburg, Moore County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .