Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Ceremony for Judge Kirksey

The public ceremony for the investiture of Judge Larry Kirksey of the 28th Circuit will be Friday at 4:00 in the Bristol courtroom, with welcoming remarks to be delivered by the current president of the local bar (me).

Bristol was incorporated in 1890, and the 1890 charter provided for a corporation court. The first judge to sit in Bristol was William F. Rhea, who served as judge from 1890-1896, won a fiercely contested election to the 9th District seat in Congress (which involved litigation and shootings), lost his re-election campaign in 1902, served on the State Corporation Commission from 1908 to 1925, and is buried in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, the final resting place of Presidents Monroe and Tyler, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, Jr.

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