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Walter Raleigh Petteway twice a judge, twice a second fiddler (1891-1964)
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Wal t e r R al e i gh P e t t e w ay T w i c e a Ju d ge T w i c e a S e c on d F i d d l e r ( 1891 1964) H i s t or y c hr oni c l e s t ha t S i r W a l t e r R a l e i gh, a f a vor i t e of hi s Q ue e n, E l i z a be t h I s pe a r he a de d a pr e 1600 voya ge t o R oa noke I s l a nd of f t he c oa s t of w ha t i s now N or t h C a r ol i na T ha t n obl e a dve nt ur e s pa w ne d t he s t i l l unr e s ol ve d m ys t e r y of t he L os t C ol ony. B ut t ha t 's a not he r s t or y. L ong be f or e t he a ppe a r a nc e of a ny f o r e i gn i nva de r s A m e r i c a n I nd i a ns a nd W e s t I ndi e s na t i ve s di s c ove r e d a pr ol i f i c pl a nt i ndi ge nous t o t ha t a r e a of N o r t h A m e r i c a w hi c h c o ul d be s m oke d w i t h not unpl e a s a nt e f f e c t s T he y c a l l e d i t t oba c c o ( f r om t he S pa ni s h t a bac o a p i pe us e d by t he na t i ve s ) I t i s not know n w he t he r or no t R a l e i gh i nha l e d, but he i s c r e di t e d w i t h i nt r oduc i ng t he w e e d t o E ngl a nd. S om e one ha s r e por t e d t ha t m e n w ho ha v e l a s t e d 100 ye a r s s a y one of t w o t hi ngs : e i t he r t ha t t he y s m oke d a nd d r a nk w hi s ke y a l l t he i r l i ve s or t ha t ne i t he r t oba c c o nor s pi r i t s e ve r a ppe a l e d t o t he m H i s na m e s a ke W R a l e i gh P e t t e w a y, bor n i n a l og hous e on t he f a m i l y f a r m ne a r J a c ks onvi l l e O ns l ow C ount y, N or t h C a r ol i na on J une 7, 1891 w a s t he 14t h a nd l a s t ( W he w ) c hi l d of L e w i s S pa r km a n P e t t e w a y a nd S a r a h C a t he r i ne P e t t e w a y. F or s e ve r a l ge ne r a t i ons i nde e d a s f a r ba c k a s t he R e vol ut i ona r y W a r t he P e t t e w a y f a m i l y popul a t e d t he r e m ot e c or ne r of t he T a r he e l S t a t e O ns l ow C o unt y i s w he r e t he U ni t e d S t a t e s M a r i ne s l a nde d i n 1941 w i t h t he ope ni ng of C a m p L e j e une T he y' r e s t i l l t he r e O ur he r o s t a ye d dow n on t he f a r m dur i ng hi s gr ow i ng up ye a r s H e c om pl e t e d hi s unde r gr a dua t e w or k a t B ui e 's C r e e k A c a de m y, t he n he a t t e nde d t he U ni ve r s i t y of N or t h C a r ol i na r e c e i vi ng a n A B de gr e e i n 1913. B e f or e c om i ng t o F l or i da he a t t e nde d C ol um bi a U ni ve r s i t y f or one ye a r H i s L L B w a s e a r ne d a t t he U ni ve r s i t y of F l or i da i n 1915. T w o ye a r s l a t e r he r e t ur ne d t o N or t h C a r ol i na l ong e nough t o m a r r y a ha nds om e l a dy ( a s s um i ng t ha t he r por t r a i t t a ke n by B l a ke s l e e K l i nt w or t h s om e ye a r s l a t e r i s a good l i ke ne s s ) S he w a s N a om i H oc ut t o f G r a ha m N C A t a ge 24, P e t t e w a y be ga n w ha t R obi ns on's 1928 H i s t or y of H i l l s bor ough C ount y c a l l e d a hi ghl y s uc c e s s f ul pr a c t i c e ( of l a w ) I n 1 919, he be c a m e j udge of J uve ni l e C our t s e r vi ng 5 ye a r s i n t ha t c a pa c i t y. I n 1925 he m ove d up t he j udi c i a l l a dde r t a ki ng of f i c e a s j udge of t he C r i m i na l C our t of R e c or d of H i l l s bor ough C ount y. T ha t w a s t he f or um f or t r i a l o f f e l oni e s a nd m os t m i s de m e a nor s w i t h t he e xc e pt i on of c a pi t a l of f e ns e s w hi c h w e r e e xc l us i ve l y unde r t he j ur i s di c t i on o f C i r c ui t C our t

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F or t he du r a t i on o f hi s j ud i c i a l c a r e e r a l l i n T a m p a P e t t e w a y c a r r i e d on t he pr a c t i c e of l a w I n t ha t e r a j udge s s a l a r i e s w e r e s o l ow t ha t pr i va t e p r a c t i c e w a s not pr ohi bi t e d unl e s s of c our s e s om e e t hi c a l c onf l i c t p r e s e nt e d i t s e l f H e ha d t he good f or t une i t w oul d a ppe a r t o l oc a t e hi s l a w of f i c e i n of a l l p l a c e s t he P e t t e w a y B ui l di ng. I t w a s a pr i m e l oc a t i on a t 312 T w i ggs S t r e e t ( s e c ond f l oor no e l e va t or onl y s t a i r w a y) a t t he c or ne r of T w i ggs a nd F l o r i da A popul a r c i ga r s t or e w a s on t he gr ound f l oor s e r vi ng s a ndw i c he s s na c ks s of t dr i nks a nd a f f or di n g a dve nt ur e s om e p a t r ons t he c ha l l e nge of pi nba l l m a c hi ne s A s e a r l y a s 1916, W R P e t t e w a y s how s up i n l oc a l di r e c t or i e s a s a j udge a nd a t t or ne y i n t he bui l di ng be a r i ng t he f a m i l y na m e O w ne r of t he of f i c e bui l di ng a nd a pi one e r i n de ve l opm e nt of t he dow nt ow n T a m pa a r e a w a s G us t a vus A P e t t e w a y, t he j udge 's ol de r br ot he r T he l a t t e r de t r a i ne d i n T a m pa i n 1906, be c a m e P r e s i de nt o f a l oc a l ba nk, a nd a s e r i ous r e a l e s t a t e e nt r e pr e ne ur unt i l h i s de a t h a t 61 i n hi s hom e a t C r e s c e nt A pa r t m e nt s ( a n ups c a l e r e s i de nt i a l a ddr e s s f or m a ny ye a r s ) i n 1936. O ve r t he ye a r s t he r e w e r e num e r ous w e l l know n l a w ye r s w i t h of f i c e s a t 312 T w i ggs S t T he s e i nc l ude d: D ona l d M c M ul l e n a nd s ons F r e d ( w ho l a t e r pr a c t i c e d e xt e ns i ve l y i n T a l l a ha s s e e ) a nd N e i l ( w ho be c a m e C i r c ui t J udge i n T a m pa i n 1960 ) ; C J a y H a r de e a nd s on, C J J r ; S i dne y B r ow n; R obt C a r l t on; R a l e i gh B a r be r ; J oe G i l l e n ( l a t e r C l e r k o f t he S e c ond D i s t r i c t C our t o f A ppe a l a t L a ke l a nd) ; J ohn G H odge s ( pr i o r t o hi s c a r e e r a s a T a m pa C i r c ui t J udge be gi nni ng i n 1960) ; L e w i s P e t t e w a y, t he j udge 's ne phe w ha d a l a w o f f i c e t he r e a bout 1936 L a t e r o n, he be c a m e E xe c ut i ve D i r e c t or a nd G e ne r a l C ouns e l f or F l o r i da P ub l i c S e r vi c e C om m i s s i on i n T a l l a ha s s e e B a ya r d A ngl e t he w r i t e r 's gr e a t f r i e nd s t i l l w i t h a l m os t a f ul l he a d of s t e a m a t a ge 91 a t t hi s w r i t i ng, w a s a t e na nt t he r e i n t he e a r l y 30s H i s r e nt he t e l l s m e w a s t he p r i nc e l y s um of $15. 00 a m ont h. T he P e t t e w a y B ui l di ng s uc c um be d t o a de m ol i t i on c r e w 's w r e c ki ng ba l l w he n t he now de f unc t E xc ha nge N a t i ona l B a nk B ui l di ng ne e de d r oom f o r e xpa ns i on. J udge P e t t e w a y s oon a c qui r e d a r e put a t i on f or be i ng t ough on c onvi c t e d f e l ons A s a r e s ul t he e a r ne d t he t i t i l l a t i ng s obr i que t : P ut 'e m a w a y P e t t e w a y. O ne s t or y t ha t m i g ht not be a r r e pe a t i ng c onc e r ns t he C ount y S ol i c i t or a t t he t i m e I t s e e m s t hi s i ndi vi dua l r e por t e dl y a ha r d d r i nki ng, l us t y f e l l ow ha d a n a l l e ge d a s s i gna t i on a t T a m pa T e r r a c e H ot e l a w onde r f ul d ow nt ow n l a ndm a r k, w i t h a w a i t r e s s f r om a ne a r by e a t i ng e s t a bl i s hm e nt A t s om e poi nt i n t he l i a i s on, he w a s a r r e s t e d f o r ba t t e r y upon hi s e na m or a t a W he n J udge P e t t e w a y he a r d a bout t he e pi s ode he i s s a i d t o ha ve r e m a r ke d: S e e m s l i ke m y pr os e c ut or ne e ds a c ha s t i t y be l t P e t t e w a y de vot e d l ot s of hi s t i m e a nd e ne r gy t o c i v i c f r a t e r na l a nd c hu r c h a c t i vi t i e s t o a n e xt e nt s e l dom s e e n i n publ i c o f f i c i a l s T he J u dge w a s a n of f i c e r a nd l e a de r i n vi r t ua l l y e ve r y j oi na bl e or ga ni z a t i on i nc l udi ng: K i w a ni s B oy S c out s F l or i da F r e e T r a i ni ng S c hool f o r G i r l s S a l va t i on A r m y Y M C A S hr i ne r s K ni ght s o f P y t hi a s a nd t he l i s t goe s on. M os t pr om i ne nt w a s hi s z e a l ous s e r vi c e t o F i r s t B a pt i s t C hur c h of T a m pa H i s l e a de r s hi p i n or ga ni z i ng t he F e l l ow s hi p ( M e n's ) B i bl e C l a s s i n 1926 t he r e w a s gi ve n s pe c i a l a t t e nt i on i n a book by W i l l i a m E S he r r i l l c om m e m or a t i ng t he 125 t h a nni ve r s a r y of t he c hur c h e nt i t l e d, A C a l l t o G r e a t ne s s ( 1859 1984) T he r e c a n be no doubt t ha t hi s r e l i gi ous f a i t h w a s ge nui ne l y i m por t a nt t o hi m no t m e r e l y a pos e f or pol i t i c a l c a pi t a l T hi r t y ye a r s a f t e r c r e a t i on of t he a f o r e m e nt i one d B i bl e C l a s s i n T a m pa he w a s i n M i a m i a nd t he s ubj e c t of a f e a t ur e a r t i c l e i n a ne w s pa pe r t he r e t e l l i ng a bout w ha t hi s r e l i gi on m e a nt t o hi m O n S unda ys he c oul d be f o und a t M i a m i 's C e nt r a l B a pt i s t C hur c h

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t e a c hi ng a m e n's c l a s s A l t hough pr oudl y P r o t e s t a nt J udge P e t t e w a y p r oba bl y be l i e ve d i n t he J e s ui t di c t um : P r a y t o G od a s t hough e ve r yt hi n g de pe nde d on G od, but do a s i f e ve r yt hi ng de pe nde d upon you A n a m bi t i ous pol i t i c i a n t oda y ne e ds w ha t i s of t e n r e f e r r e d t o a s a f i r e i n t he be l l y. I n t he l e s s s ophi s t i c a t e d t i m e s of 1936, pr o ba bl y n o gr e a t e r s t i m ul us t ha n a m i l d c a s e of i ndi ge s t i on w a s ne c e s s a r y. A t a ny r a t e J udge P e t t e w a y w a s r e a dy t o t a ke t he qua nt um l e a p f r om t he H i l l s bor ough C oun t y C our t hous e t o t he G ove r nor 's M a ns i on. I n t he f i r s t p r i m a r y c om pe t i ng w i t h 13 o t he r hope f ul s he w a s t he t op vot e ge t t e r r e c e i vi ng t he e ndo r s e m e nt of m a ny ne w s pa pe r s a l l ove r t he s t a t e T he s l oga n on hi s pol i t i c a l ha ndout s w a s A l l t he W a y w i t h P e t t e w a y, a nd he m a de a pa r t i c ul a r poi nt of t e l l i ng vot e r s t ha t he w a s hone s t a nd c oul d be t r us t e d. T he T am pa T r i bune s uppor t e d hi m w hol e he a r t e dl y but i t s di gni f i e d a nd f a i r c ove r a ge o f bot h c a ndi da t e s i n t he r unof f dr e w t he pl a udi t s o f t he M i am i N e w s i n a n e di t or i a l A s ur ge i n t he s e c ond pr i m a r y c a r r i e d F r e d P C one of L a k e C i t y i nt o t he of f i c e by a 55, 000 vot e m a r gi n. A f t e r l os i ng hi s b i d f o r t he gove r nor s hi p, P e t t e w a y m ove d t o M i a m i H e r e s um e d t he pr a c t i c e of l a w e s t a bl i s hi ng a n of f i c e i n t he C ongr e s s B ui l di ng. A de c a de pa s s e d. T he n, unda unt e d by de f e a t i n hi s f i r s t s t a t e w i de pol i t i c a l ve nt ur e P e t t e w a y a nnounc e d i n 1946 t ha t he w oul d be a c a ndi da t e f o r t he S upr e m e C our t of F l or i da t o f i l l a va c a nc y c r e a t e d by r e t i r e m e nt of J us t i c e A r m s t e a d B r ow n. I t t ur ne d ou t t o be a c a s e of d j vu a l l ove r a ga i n. H e f i ni s he d s e c ond t o P a ul D B a r ns o f M i a m i a f t e r b ui l di ng a 20, 000 vot e l e a d i n t he f i r s t pr i m a r y ove r t he ul t i m a t e w i nne r J udge P e t t e w a y s e xpe r i e nc e i n t hi s w r i t e r s e s t i m a t i on, e c hoe s s om e w ha t t ha t of J T o m W a t s on of T a m pa W a t s on l e f t o f f i c e a f t e r t w o t e r m s a s F l or i da s A t t or ne y G e ne r a l t he n r a n u ns uc c e s s f ul l y f or c ongr e s s a nd t he S upr e m e C our t t he n r e t ur ne d t o l e ga l p r a c t i c e S p e c i a l t ha nks i s due N a nc y D obs on, E xe c ut i ve D i r e c t or of F l or i da S upr e m e C our t H i s t or i c a l S oc i e t y f or g r a c i ous l y pr ovi di ng e l e c t i on r e s ul t s i n bot h s t a t e w i de r a c e s by J udge P e t t e w a y I n f a i l i ng he a l t h i n l a t e 1964 he s ol d hi s hom e a nd bus i ne s s pr ope r t y i n M i a m i r e t ur ni ng t o hi s a nc e s t r a l hom e s t a t e A f t e r hi s de a t h on S e pt 30 1964 he w a s i nt e r r e d i n A s he vi l l e ne xt t o hi s w i f e w ho p r e de c e a s e d hi m b y t w o ye a r s P e t t e w a ys ge ne r a l l y s pe a ki ng, w e r e f r ui t f ul T he J udge s m a r r i a ge t o N a om i ha d be e n s i ne pr ol e H e l e f t onl y a l i f e t i m e of us e f ul ne s s a nd s e r vi c e N ot a ba d l e ga c y. M or i s on B uc k A f t e r w or d: I n t hi s f a s t m ov i ng w or l d i t i s e a s y t o l os e our w a y a nd our a bi l i t y t o s e e w he r e w e a r e goi ng. N o m a n i s s o s t r ong o r s e l f s uf f i c i e nt t h a t he c a n a l w a ys s e e or know w he r e he i s goi ng or how he w i l l be a bl e t o m e e t t he pr ob l e m s a nd be a r t he bu r de ns t ha t r i s e be f or e hi m a s r oa d bl oc ks f r om da y t o da y I c oul d not f a c e i t w i t h c onf i de nc e w i t hout t he s e c ur i t y of m y f a i t h t ha t G od w i l l he l p m e w or k t hi ngs out J udge W R al e i gh P e t t e w ay