Unrecorded Program of a 1915 Memorial Service for a Distinguished Tennessee African-American Lawyer and Politician Settle, Josiah T. [1850-1915]. Memorial Services At Church's Auditorium, Sunday Afternoon, Nov. 7th, 1915 At 2:30 O'Clock In Honor of the Late Josiah T. Settle, A.M., LLB., Who Departed This Life, Monday, August the Sixteenth, Nineteen Hundred and Fifteen. [Memphis, TN], 1915.  pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Bifolium pamphlet with printed wrappers, half-tone portrait of Settle on cover. Light edgewear and soiling, a few minor creases and stains. $450. * Settle was an African-American lawyer and politician who managed to have a distinguished career in the Jim Crow South. Settle was born in 1850 in East Tennessee to Nancy Graves, an enslaved woman who was owned by Josiah Settle, his father, a white plantation owner. The father cared Nancy and his son. He purchased a home for them in Hamilton, Ohio and eventually manumitted both. Settle attended Oberlin College in 1866 and graduated with a law degree from Howard University in 1872. After a term in the Mississippi Legislature (1883-84), Settle moved to Memphis to serve as Tennessee's assistant attorney general (1886-87). Active in Republican politics, he was elected delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892, and each convention thereafter. In addition to a biographical sketch, the program lists the "Order of Service" and the participants, which includes Rev. Jos. W. Livingston, Dr. E.W. Irving, B.F. Booth, Dabney M. Scales, Miss Pearl Crawford, and Dr. C.H. Shelby, Master of Ceremonies. The rear cover has the text of "To Paths Unknown" by John Greenleaf Whittier, which is identified as one of Settle's favorite poems. Outside of an 8-page speech by Settle, published c.1900 and known in one copy, at the Library of Congress, we have not found any other primary source material about this remarkable man. No copies listed on OCLC. Hamilton, Beacon Lights of the Race 474. Simmons and Turner, Men of Mark 538.
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