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 Samuel Hunter Jemison

Samuel Hunter Jemison

Death 21 Dec 1886 (aged 34)
Burial Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 16305804 · View Source
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The Marion County Patriot, December 24, 1886
The Marion County Patriot, No. 52
Friday, December 24, 1886
Page Four

Col. Samuel H. Jemison, one of Georgia's most brilliant and successful lawyers, died in Macon Tuesday morning of pneumonia. His remains were carried to Milledgeville and buried by the side of his father.

The Ouachita Telegraph [Monroe, LA]
Saturday, January 1, 1887
Page 2, Column 2
Death of a Son of Louisiana in Macon, Georgia.
A dispatch from Macon, Ga., Dec. 22, says: The funeral of the late Sam H. Jemison will take place to-morrow in Milledgeville. His career was a remarkable one. Samual Hunter Jemison, christened after his father's stepfather, Samual Hunter, was born in Jackson parish, near Vernon, La., on May 17, 1852, and was consequently in his 34th year. He was the baby boy in a family of five sons.
His eldest brother died at Oglethorpe College, the second was killed, with his messmate, by a cannon shot at the first battle of Manassas, and the others, Owen and R.W., Jr., are living, the former in New Orleans and the latter in this city.

His father, Col. R.W. Jemison, removed to Monroe, La., when Sam was a boy, and the latter received the first rudiments of his education there. Afterward Col. Jemison removed to Macon, and Sam was sent to live with his grandfather, near Midway, when he attended Oglethorpe College in 1870-71.

From there Sam went to Washington-Lee University, Virginia, and the family have an autograph letter from Gen. Lee speaking in glowing terms of Sam's brilliancy
and attainments.

In 1872 he came home from Washington-Lee University, and went to Monroe, La., where he studied law under his maternal uncle, and was admitted to the bar in

During this time he formed the acquaintance of Gov. Sam McEnery, which grew into a strong friendship, and when he visited New Orleans last year, after recovering from the long illness subsequent to the terrible Stronecker tragedy, Gov. McEnery telegraphed him from Texas to remain until he could come home to see him.

In 1878 Sam returned to Macon and dabbled a little in newspaper work being for a short time city editor of the Telegraph and Messenger. Soon afterward he and his brother, R.W., Jr., formed a copartnership in a brokerage business, on third street, the first office of the kind opened in Macon.

On the death of Col. Sam Hunter, he entered into partnership with his father in the practice of law, and his talents soon made him famous among Macon barristers. In 1876 he was editor of the Morning Star, which had but a short existence. On the death of his father he was elected city attorney to succeed him, which office he filled with ability.

In 1881 Mr. Jemison was elected to the Georgia Legislature to fill the unexpired term of Col. Love. Previously he had made his reputation as a political speaker in the Colquitt and Norwood campaign, and in that famous
campaign he stumped the State for Norwood. When the office of Recorder was created Sam Jemison was elected to fill the place, and this he filled for the term of 1881.

Among his most important legal triumphs was his masterly argument in the prosecution of Dock Wilson, the murderer of Vinson in Blue Run, a good many years ago. Wilson got a life sentence.

In the defense of John Burnett, for the killing of Turpin, he added fresh laurels to his brow, and his great speach
[sic] in the famous Danforth case, is still fresh in the minds of the people of Macon. It is said to have been one of the most remarkable and effective arguments ever delivered before a jury in this city. It will be remembered that Danforth is now serving a life sentence.

His last great criminal case was the defense of Cicero Darby, which probably hastened his death. He was not at all well and his voice was broken and husky, and yet he stood before a jury for several long hours on that cold December day, pleading for the life of his client, and finally wrung from the law a recommendation for mercy which saved the neck of the slayer of James Bettenberry. After that last hard fought battle he took to his bed, and sank gradually until Monday, when he was informed by a lady that physicians pronounced his case hopeless. He merely nodded assent, and never a muscle quivered, nor a look from his flashing eye betokened the fear of the grim
reaper's approach. He lingered, retaining consciousness, until just before 6 o'clock yesterday morning, when he became unconscious and so passed away.

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