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William Shelby Graham judicial hat-trick (1861-1953)
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Wi l l i am S h e l b y G r ah a m : Ju d i c i al H at T r i c k ( 1861 1953) C r i c ke t E ngl a nd's f or e m os t out doo r pa s t i m e i s t he t oo c om pl i c a t e d t o e xpl a i n f or e r unne r of ba s e ba l l i n t he f o r m e r c ol ony. B ot h ga m e s ha ve a p i t c he r ba t t e r a nd f i e l de r s bu t t he s i m i l a r i t y e nds t he r e T he a c t i on i n c r i c ke t c e nt e r s a r ound t w o w i c ke t s e a c h c ons i s t i ng of t hr e e 28 i nc h hi gh s t um ps w i t h s t i c ks ( ba i l s ) r e s t i ng i n g r oove s a t op t he s t um ps T he obj e c t o f t he bow l e r ( pi t c he r ) i s t o ge t t he ba t t e r out T he m os t di r e c t m e t hod i s t o bow l t he ba l l of f t he w i c ke t S o ur c e s m or e f a m i l i a r w i t h t he ga m e l i ke S t e ve O t t o t he w i de l y r e a d T r i bune c ol u m ni s t f o r m e r s por t s w r i t e r a nd a f a i r a t hl e t e hi m s e l f t e l l s m e t ha t i f a bow l e r a c hi e ve s t ha t r e s u l t on t h r e e s uc c e s s i ve ba l l s he ha s a c c om pl i s he d a ha t t r i c k, a n e xpr e s s i on a l s o c om m on i n s oc c e r a nd hoc ke y U pon a c hi e vi ng t he t r i c k, t he bow l e r i s e nt i t l e d t o a ne w c a p f r om h i s c l ub. C r i c ke t a c c or di ng t o f or m e r B r i t i s h c a bi ne t m e m be r R t H on. L or d B a nc r of t i s a ga m e w hi c h t he B r i t i s h, not be i ng a s pi r i t ua l pe opl e ha d t o i nve nt i n or de r t o ha ve s om e c onc e pt i on of e t e r ni t y I t i s a s a f e be t t ha t T a m pa 's W S G r a ha m ne ve r pl a ye d nor obs e r ve d a ga m e of c r i c ke t B ut he s ur e l y a c c om pl i s he d, i n f i ne s t yl e a n unus ua l 3 w a y f e a t i n t he f i r s t qua r t e r of t hi s c e nt ur y H e w a s M uni c i pa l ( P ol i c e C our t ) J udge C ount y J udge a nd J udge of t he C r i m i na l C our t of R e c or d a l l i n H i l l s bor ough C ount y. G r a ha m one o f e l e ve n c hi l d r e n, w a s bo r n on J ul y 10, 1861 i n L ow nde s C ount y, A l a ba m a a pl a c e w hi c h w a s i n t he e ye o f t he c i vi l r i ght s s t or m a c e nt ur y l a t e r P r of e s s i ona l ve r s a t i l i t y s e e m s t o ha ve be e n a f a m i l y t r a di t i on f or hi s f a t he r w a s a l a w ye r pr oba t e j udge a nd l a t e r a P r e s byt e r i a n p r e a c he r I n hi s t e e ns G r a ha m 's f a m i l y r e l oc a t e d t o O xf o r d, M i s s i s s i ppi w he r e he a t t e nd e d O l e M i s s ( U ni ve r s i t y of M i s s ) I n 1877 he ve nt ur e d t o N a s hvi l l e T e nne s s e e ( hom e of t he gr a c i ous l a dy, t w e nt y ye a r s hi s j uni or he m a r r i e d 30 ye a r s l a t e r ) e nt e r e d U n i ve r s i t y of N a s hvi l l e a nd P e a body N or m a l f r om w hi c h he g r a dua t e d w i t h honor s N ot onl y a n hono r T a m p a B a y H o t e l T a m p a F L F e b 1 9 0 0 W i l l i a m J e n n i n g s B r y a n D e m o c r a t i c c a n d i d a t e f o r P r e s i d e n t b e i n g w e l c o m e d t o T a m p a b y t h e W e l c o m i n g C o m m i t t e e . i n t h e p i c t u r e B r y a n i s s t a n d i n g a t t h e e x t r e m e r i g h t . t o h i s r i g h t i s J u d g e W i l l i a m S G r a h a m . s e a t e d t o h i s r i g h t i s C o n g r e s s s m a n S t e p h a n M S p a r k m a n a n d t o h i s r i g h t i s P e t e r O K n i g h t O t h e r s o n t h e c o m m i t t e e a r e : W B H e n d e r s o n F r a n k C B o y e r T C T a l i f e r r o F r a n k L W i n g F M S i m o n t o n C h a r l e s W r i g h t J D C a l h o u n T h o m a s P a l m e r W H F r e c k e r P e r r y G W a l l J u d g e J B W a l l H u g h C M a c F a r l a n e T M S h a c k l e f o r d H e n r y L M i t c h e l l J o h n T L e s l e y B B a l b o n t a i n W L W i l d e r

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s t ude nt he w a s a gi f t e d s pe a ke r w i nni ng t he s c ho ol 's or a t or i c a l c ont e s t i n 1882 A f t e r ge t t i ng hi s unde r gr a dua t e de g r e e he t a ught a t M on t gom e r y B e l l A c a de m y, a pr e s t i gi ous pr i va t e s c hool i n N a s hvi l l e be c om i ng pr i nc i pa l of i t s gr a m m a r de pa r t m e nt S how i ng hi s z e s t f or know l e dge a nd de s i r e t o e xc e l he e nr ol l e d i n V a nde r bi l t L a w S c hool a nd r e por t e dl y pol i s he d of f t he t w o ye a r pr ogr a m i n a s i ngl e ye a r 1888 U nm i ndf ul of t he s ubs e que nt l y popul a r not i on t ha t you c a n't go hom e a ga i n, G r a ha m r e t ur ne d t o t he Y e l l ow ha m m e r S t a t e w a s a dm i t t e d t o t he B a r t he n f or a t i m e a s s oc i a t e d w i t h hi s br ot he r N e e dha m publ i s hi ng t he l oc a l ne w s pa pe r T us c al oos a G az e t t e I t w a s m or e t ha n a ye n t o ge t s a nd i n hi s s hoe s t ha t br ought W S G r a ha m t o F l o r i da F a m i l y m e m be r s t e l l m e t ha t he m ove d t o T a m pa i n 1892 be c a us e hi s br ot he r B C G r a ha m got he r e f i r s t B C be c a m e pr om i ne nt i n t he H i l l s bor ough C ount y s c hool s ys t e m be c om i ng S c hool S upe r i nt e nde nt i n 1899 W he n e r e c t e d i n 1922 t he g r a de s c hool on M a s s a c hu s e t t s A ve nue ha r d by C ol um bus D r i ve i n T a m pa w a s na m e d a nd r e m a i ns B C G r a ha m E l e m e nt a r y. W S m e a nw hi l e pos t pone d t he s t a r t of hi s c a r e e r i n l a w F or r e a s ons know n onl y t o hi m pe r ha ps t o ge t e s t a bl i s he d a nd be t t e r know n, or f o r e c onom i c r e a s ons hi s f i r s t c onne c t i on i n F l or i da w a s a s a t e a c he r of s c i e nc e i n T a m pa 's onl y hi gh s c hool T he 1893 C i t y D i r e c t or y l i s t s hi m a s a t e a c he r boa r di ng a t 1712 T hi r d A ve nue T a m pa A f e w ye a r s l a t e r w hi l e l i v i ng on 7t h A ve nue o f f F l o r i da ( a good f a s hi ona bl e a ddr e s s a t t ha t t i m e w i t h a s ubs t a nt i a l num be r of p r om i ne nt T a m pa f a m i l i e s a s ne i ghbor s ) he c om m e nc e d t he pr a c t i c e of l a w w i t h J udge W A C a r t e r T he i r of f i c e w a s i n t he F i r s t N a t i ona l B a nk B ui l di ng. C a r t e r w a s t he n s e r vi ng a s j udge of t he C r i m i na l C ou r t of R e c or d. A na t i ve S out h C a r ol i ni a n w ho gr a dua t e d f i r s t i n hi s c l a s s a t W a s hi ngt on & L e e C a r t e r s e r ve d bot h a s c i t y a t t or ne y a nd s t a t e a t t or ne y f o r t he 6t h J udi c i a l C i r c ui t ( w hi c h i nc l ude d T a m pa ) L i ke h i s pa r t ne r W S G r a ha m he s por t e d a s pl e ndor ous f ul l y bl oom e d m us t a c he i n ke e pi ng w i t h t he m a s c u l i ne vogue of t ha t e r a U nde r pr e s e nt C a non, 5G j udge s a r e p r e c l ude d f r o m t he p r a c t i c e of l a w S uc h w a s not t he c a s e how e ve r dur i ng t he e nt i r e publ i c l i f e o f bot h m e n. T he T am pa T r i bune e di t i on of W e d. A ugus t 16 18 99, c a r r i e d a f r ont pa ge s t or y r e por t i ng t ha t W S G r a ha m J udge o f M uni c i pa l C our t ( us ua l l y c a l l e d P ol i c e C our t ) w ho ha d s e r ve d f or t w o ye a r s unde r M a yor B ow ye r w a s not s e e ki ng r e a ppoi nt m e nt T he ne w s pa pe r 's m a s t he a d pr oudl y pr oc l a i m e d "T he T r i bune i s t he o nl y m o r ni ng pa pe r publ i s he d i n T a m pa I t s t e l e gr a phi c s e r vi c e i s s upe r b a nd i t c ove r s t he f i e l d t ho r oughl y. B y t he t i m e he ha d c onc l ude d hi s t e nur e a s M uni c i pa l J udge i t i s be yond pe r a dve nt ur e t ha t he w a s c om f o r t a bl y a t hom e i n p ol i t i c a l a c t i vi t i e s A T r i bune s t or y i n 1900 de s c r i be s J udge G r a ha m a s a n a r de nt a nd a g gr e s s i ve de m oc r a t ( s m a l l d) H e w a s t he n P r e s i de nt of T a m pa 's Y oung M e n's D e m oc r a t C l ub, a w e l l o r ga ni z e d a nd pot e nt f or c e i n t ur n o f t he c e nt ur y pol i t i c s W i l l R oge r s w ho ha d a l ot t o s a y a b out pol i t i c s f o r m a ny ye a r s m a de t he t r e nc ha nt c om m e nt t he m o r e you r e a d a nd obs e r ve a bout t hi s pol i t i c s t hi ng, t he m or e you've got t o a dm i t t ha t e a c h pa r t y's w or s e t ha n t he ot he r T he one t ha t 's out a l w a ys l ooks t he be s t O ne t hi ng's f or s ur e a nyt i m e t he na m e of W S G r a ha m a ppe a r e d on t he ba l l ot i n a ny e l e c t i on p r i o r t o 1920 he w a s c e r t a i n t o be e l e c t e d. I n t he s out h a t t ha t m om e nt i n hi s t or y, nom i na t i on i n t he D e m oc r a t i c p r i m a r y w a s t a nt a m ount t o e l e c t i on. J udge G r a ha m w a s a pr i m e m ove r i n a n e ve nt w hi c h oc c ur r e d i n F e br ua r y 1900 a nd

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m us t ha ve a t t r a c t e d na t i ona l a t t e nt i on a s w e l l a s e l e va t e d t he pol i t i c a l bl ood pr e s s ur e of G r a ha m a nd hi s c onf e r e e s ; W i l l i a m J e nni ngs B r ya n w a s i n T a m pa I n t he phot og r a ph i s a w on de r f ul l y de t a i l e d l ook a t t he t hr e e t i m e nom i ne e f or P r e s i de nt of t he U ni t e d S t a t e s w i t h J udge G r a ha m s t a ndi ng i m m e di a t e l y ne xt t o B r ya n, a nd hol di ng hi s bow l e r ha t i n bot h ha nds B ut B r ya n w a s not s uc c e s s f ul i n pul l i n g of f a ha t t r i c k l os i ng i n t hr e e pe r s i s t e nt e f f or t s t o a t t a i n t he na t i on 's h i ghe s t e l e c t i ve of f i c e I n t he B a yL i f e s e c t i on of t he T r i bune on A ugus t 23 1985 L e l a nd H a w e s pe nne d a gr a nd a r t i c l e a bout t he B r ya n vi s i t a l s o gi vi ng pr om i ne nt m e nt i on o f t he w e l l kn ow n m e m be r s of t he w e l c om i ng c om m i t t e e I n O c t obe r 1904, a f t e r s e r vi ng f o r f our ye a r s i n C r i m i na l C our t o f R e c or d, G r a ha m s ubm i t t e d hi s r e s i gna t i on t o t he G ove r nor t o t a ke e f f e c t a t t he pl e a s ur e of t he c hi e f e xe c ut i ve H i s s t a t e d r e a s on f or l e a vi ng w a s t he he a vy vol um e of w or k i n hi s l a w pr a c t i c e H e w a s a l s o bus y t e ndi n g hi s 250 a c r e o r a nge gr ove i n M a ngo; P a r a di s e he c a l l e d i t O ne of h i s hobbi e s w a s a s t r onom y a nd he de vot e d t i m e t o t ha t i nt e r e s t a s w e l l O n M a r c h 11, 1908 w hi l e r e s i de nt on hi s gr ove pr ope r t y, he a nnounc e d hi s c a ndi da c y f or C ount y J udge T he ne w s pa pe r e xpr e s s e d t he e xpe c t a t i on t ha t he w oul d m a ke a s t r ong c l e a n r a c e ha vi ng be e n one of t he m os t s uc c e s s f ul j udge s of t he c r i m i na l c our t H e w a s e xpe c t e d t o do w e l l i n t he c ont e s t a nd he di d H e w on H e s e r ve d onl y one t e r m a s C ount y J udge t he n r e c or ds s h ow t ha t he w a s r e t u r ne d t o t he C r i m i na l C our t of R e c or d. T hi ngs w e r e l i ve l y i n H i l l s bor ough C ount y, e ve n i n 1918. I n a ddi t i on t o a s t or y i n t he T r i bune on J ul y 2, 1918 a bout t he w o r k of s uc h T a m pa not a bl e s a s C A M c K a y, A be M a a s a nd C ol H ugh C M a c f a r l a ne t o r a i s e m one y t o s uppor t t our i s m i n t he a r e a t he r e w a s a n a c c ount of a c ont e m pt pr oc e e di ng i n J udge G r a h a m 's c our t I t s e e m s t ha t a t t or ne y W K Z e w a ds ki ha d ke pt t he j udge w a i t i ng i n a pe ndi ng c a s e T he j udge r e s ponde d by i m pos i ng a $10 f i ne T he s t i f f f i ne w a s l a t e r r e m i t t e d w i t h a w a r ni ng T he ne xt da y's e di t i on r e por t e d t ha t F e r na ndo M a s e da c ha r ge d w i t h a t t e m pt e d e xt or t i on o f $1500 f r om C e l e s t i no V e ga of T a m pa c ha nge d hi s pl e a f r om not gui l t y t o gui l t y T he c r i m i na l i nf or m a t i on a l l e ge d t ha t t he a c c us e d ha d t hr e a t e ne d t o ki l l V e ga 's s on s houl d t h e m one y not be f or t hc om i ng. T he e vi de nc e pr e s e nt e d t o t he c our t r e ve a l e d t ha t M a s e da 's pl a n w e nt a w r y w he n t he pol i c e pl a c e d t he f unds a l ong w i t h a dye pa c k i n t he t oi l e t f l us h t a nk a t a l oc a l r e s t a ur a nt a nd t he de f e nda nt 's ha nds ( i f n ot hi s f a c e ) t ur ne d r e d. J udge G r a ha m a c c e pt e d t he r e duc e d pl e a a nd i m pos e d a $1500 f i ne pl us c os t s or a one ye a r j a i l t e r m O ne t e nds t o be l i e ve t ha t t he f i ne w a s pa i d t o a voi d t he s l a m m e r I n 1920, pr i o r t o t he pa r t y pr i m a r y, f r i e nds of G r a ha m r a n t he f ol l ow i ng a d i n t he l oc a l da i l y: P e opl e of H i l l s bor ough C ount y appr e c i at e good s e r v i c e and w i l l r e t ur n J udge W S G r aham t o t he pos i t i on he now hol ds F r om e v e r y s e c t i on appr ov al of hi s adm i ni s t r at i on c om e s i n. F ai r and i m par t i al de al i ng w i t h al l a l i k e w he t he r r i c h or poor w hi t e or bl ac k T hi s i s an i m por t ant of f i c e and s houl d hav e an ab l e m a n at t he he l m V ot e f or J udge W S. G r aham U nf or t una t e l y f o r t he j udge a nd h i s f r i e nds he f e l l j us t s hor t of vi c t or y, l os i ng t o L e e J G i bs on w hos e vot e t ot a l l e d 3 717 t o G r a ha m 's 3 078. G r a ha m ne ve r a ga i n p r a c t i c e d l a w but e vi de nt l y a t a ge 60, s pe nt m os t of hi s t i m e m a na gi ng t he M a ngo gr ove unt i l i t be c a m e t oo m u c h of a n e c onom i c bur de n, a nd w a s l os t i n t he p r e 1940 de p r e s s i on i n F l or i da

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J udge G r a ha m w a s l e s s t ha n a ve r a ge i n he i ght ne v e r w e i ghe d m or e t ha n 150 pounds a nd di d not ge t m a r r i e d unt i l a ge 52 T he r e w a s ne ve r t he l e s s a t e nde r l y r o m a nt i c a s pe c t of hi s pe r s ona l l i f e W he n he w a s a s t ude nt a nd pa r t t i m e t e a c he r i n N a s hvi l l e he s a w a young gi r l one da y a nd r e m a r ke d t o w hoe ve r w a s w i t h hi m t ha t he w oul d one da y m a r r y he r S u r e e nough, he m a de a l i f e t i m e c om pa c t w i t h t ha t T e nne s s e e be l l e na m e d S a r a h E l i z a be t h M c C r e e r y, a nd t he y w e r e m a r r i e d i n t he br i de 's hom e i n 1913 P e r f or m i ng t he c e r e m ony w a s D r J ohn G A nde r s on pa s t or o f t he F i r s t P r e s byt e r i a n C hur c h i n T a m pa w hos e t r a ve l e xpe ns e s w e r e pa i d by t he b r i de gr oo m O ne r e t ur ni ng t o T a m pa t he c oupl e m ove d i nt o a l a r ge t w o s t or y hous e a t 301 E O a k A ve nue I n t he s a m e bl oc k l i v e d t he K e nne dy f a m i l y. O ne of t ha t s ol i d c l a n M a r y H e s t e r K e nne dy Y oungbl ood, w or ke d f or t hi s s c r i be f or ne a r l y 25 ye a r s R e m a r ka bl y, a l l o f t he G r a ha m c hi l dr e n ( e xc e pt f o r t he f i r s t c hi l d w ho di e d i n i nf a nc y) r a i s e d i n t he T a m pa H e i ght s hom e a r e s t i l l a t t hi s w r i t i ng a l i ve a nd w e l l T he y a r e M a r ga r e t G r a ha m P e e l e r W S G r a ha m J r ( r e t i r e d f r o m U S N a vy a nd a l s o H i l l s bor ough C ount y T a x C ol l e c t or 's of f i c e ) K a t h e r i ne G r a ha m A va nt a nd J ohn T hom a s G r a ha m J udge G r a ha m w a s no doubt p r oud of hi s of f s pr i ng, but s pa c e doe s not pe r m i t i nc l us i on of t he i r a c hi e ve m e nt s H i s br i de S a r a h, t a ught L a t i n a nd F r e nc h a t H i l l s bor ough H i gh S c hool be f or e a nd a f t e r he r hus ba nd's j udi c i a l s e r vi c e S he w a s honor e d by t he de di c a t i on t o he r o f not one but t w o s c hool a nnua l s 1912 a nd 1949. M r s G r a ha m s ur vi ve d t he j udge by a bout 15 ye a r s W S G r a ha m ha d a n e xt r a or di na r y c a r e e r a nd a l ong l i f e f e a t ur e d by s uc c e s s i n e duc a t i on, i n pol i t i c s a nd, m os t f e l i c i t ous l y, i n l a w M or i s on B uc k A f t e r w or d: T he di s t a nc e t ha t t he de a d ha ve gone doe s not a t f i r s t a ppe a r ; T he i r c om i ng ba c k s e e m s pos s i bl e F or m a ny a n a r de nt ye a r E m i l y D i c ki ns on


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