Judge Charles Henson Bush


Judge Charles Henson Bush

Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA
Death 10 Oct 1941 (aged 84)
Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, USA
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C. H. Bush Dead
At Age Of 85;
Rites Saturday

Famous City Attorney
Served As Circuit
Judge For 12 Years;
Death Early Today

Judge Charles H. Bush, 85-year-old former circuit judge and at one time, probably the best known criminal lawyer in this part of the state, died at 2 o'clock this morning at his home on East Seventh Street after being in failing health for several years.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Saturday morning at the Ninth Street Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Monroe G. Schuster and the Rev. Robert L. Cave. Members of the Hopkinsville bar will serve as honorary ball bearers.

The bar association of which Judge Bush had been a member for the past 60 years, conducted an impressive memorial service this morning in the circuit courtroom, where the deceased presided as judge from 1916 to 1928 and where he fought some of his biggest cases while not on the bench.

At one time Judge Bush dominated the criminal law practice in the Hopkinsville area to such an extent he was on one side or the other in almost every major trial here for a period of several years. He won several important victories before the court of appeals.

Judge Bush's health has prevented his participation in court activity for the last few years. He was regarded as being in a critical condition at one time several months ago and suffered another heart attack this week.

The Hopkinsville jurist was born in Montgomery County, Tennessee, on Oct. 28, 1856, the son of Robert Howard and Panthea Ellis Bush. He attended School at Bethany College in West Virginia and later studied and practiced law at Paducah. He moved to Hopkinsville and was admitted to the local bar in 1880.

Judge Bush was appointed circuit judge in 1916 upon the death of J. T. Hanberry, the appointment coming from Governor A. O. Stanley. He ran for the office that fall and was elected by the people. He was chosen for another six-year term in 1921.

In May, 1880, the young attorney was married to Miss Jennie Gary of this county, and from this union two daughters survive. They are Mrs. J. W. Fraser Williams of LaFayette and Mrs. James E. Franklin of Los Angeles, Calif. Mrs. Williams is at present in Los Angeles where her sister is ill.

After the death of his first wife, Judge Bush was married in 1888 to Mrs. Hattie Rossetter Rives, and from this union two daughters also survive. They are Mrs. Richard E. Kemper of this city and Mrs. Thomas Barron Lewis of Owensboro.

Other survivors include four grandchildren, Mrs. Harry Ross, Mrs. Paul Tolfree, and Miss Martha L. Franklin, all of Los Angeles and Florence Bush Lewis of Owensboro; and three great-grandchildren.

Judge Bush was a life-long member of the Christian Church, serving as elder of Ninth Street Church and teaching the men's bible class for a number of years. He was regarded as a great Bible student and often quoted scripture in the courtroom.

--Kentucky New Era, Friday, October 10, 1941, page 1

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