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 Joseph Alexander Mabry, Sr

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Joseph Alexander Mabry, Sr

  • Birth 25 Jan 1825 Knox County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 19 Oct 1882 Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 8055463

Folk Figure. The gunfight which left Joseph Mabry Sr, his son Joseph Jr, and Thomas O'Conner dead was immortalized in Mark Twain's book, "Life on The Mississippi." Thomas O'Conner was a bank president and one of the richest men in Tennessee. Following a business dispute, Joseph Mabry, Sr, a wealthy (and eccentric) businessman, threatened his life. The next day, O'Conner shot him dead on Gay Street in Knoxville. The victim's son, lawyer Joseph Mabry, Jr., was nearby. He and O'Conner became involved in a gunfight which left them both dead. Twain, intrigued by the story, recalled the event in Chapter 40 of his book, "Life on The Mississppi." Today the Mabry House is one of Knoxville's historic attractions.

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  • Originally Created by: Evening Blues
  • Added: 3 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8055463
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Alexander Mabry, Sr (25 Jan 1825–19 Oct 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8055463, citing Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .