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Henry C. Tillman lawyer soldier politician judge planter, 1884-1959
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H e n r y C T i l l m an L aw ye r / S ol d i e r / P ol i t i c i an / Ju d ge / P l an t e r 1884 1959 A t a j uve ni l e j udge s I ns t i t ut e c onf e r e nc e i n B l a c k M ount a i n, N C a bout 20 ye a r s a go, t h i s w r i t e r m e t a good hum or e d j udge f r o m S pa r t a nbur g, S out h C a r ol i na w ho r e m a r ke d A l l w e 've got i n S out h C a r ol i na a r e B a pt i s t s a nd bol l w e e vi l s H e w a s n't a c a r pe t ba gge r j us t w e a k, pe r ha ps i n t he hi s t or y of t he P a l m e t t o S t a t e H e s houl d ha ve know n t ha t S out h C a r ol i na a l s o p r oduc e d B e nj a m i n R ya n T i l l m a n a nd hi s pr oud de s c e nda nt s H e nr y C um m i ng T i l l m a n, t he s ubj e c t of t hi s pi e c e w a s B e n T i l l m a n's younge r s on, but be f or e i nt r oduc i ng h i m t o r e a de r s t he gr e a t m a j or i t y o f w hom ne ve r kne w o r pr a c t i c e d be f or e hi m I f e e l obl i ge d t o r e l a t e a f e w de t a i l s a bout hi s f a m ous f a t he r 's l i f e B e nj a m i n T i l l m a n w a s a f a r m e r but m or e t ha n t ha t he w a s a c e nt u r y a m a j or pl a ye r i n S out h C a r ol i na l i f e a nd pol i t i c a l hi s t or y H e w a s s o he r a l de d a s s poke s m a n a nd m i l i t a nt l e a de r of f e l l ow a gr a r i a ns t ha t hi s f ol l ow e r s c a l l e d t he m s e l ve s T i l l m a ni t e s A D e m oc r a t T i l l m a n w o n t he gove r no r 's c ha i r i n 1890 a nd i n 1 895 w a s e l e c t e d t o t he U ni t e d S t a t e s S e na t e w he r e he s e r ve d f our s uc c e s s i ve t e r m s G r ove r C l e ve l a nd, t he f i r s t D e m oc r a t e l e c t e d P r e s i de nt a f t e r t he C i vi l W a r a nd t he o nl y C hi e f E xe c ut i ve t o s e r ve t w o non c ons e c ut i ve t e r m s w a s i n hi s s e c ond t e r m w he n T i l l m a n t ook hi s pl a c e i n t he S e na t e A bi t t e r s t r uggl e w a s t he n ongoi ng be t w e e n t he a dvoc a t e s of a gol d m one t a r y s t a nda r d ( gol dbugs ) a nd pr opone nt s of s i l ve r ( s i l ve r i t e s ) D ur i ng t ha t f r e nz i e d t i m e S e na t or T i l l m a n w a s quot e d a s s a yi ng t ha t he w oul d l i ke t o r un C l e ve l a nd t hr ough w i t h a pi t c hf o r k. T he quo t e ga ve t he S e na t or hi s s obr i que t P i t c hf or k B e n, a nd he w a s s t uc k w i t h i t f or e ve r m o r e H e w a s t ough. T he l os s of s i ght i n one e ye a t a ge 17 di dn't s l ow hi m d ow n. I n 190 he w a s c e ns ur e d by t he S e na t e f or e nga gi ng i n a f i s t f i gh t on t he f l oor H e w a s a l s o bus y w i t h p r oj e c t s f o r t he l o ng r a nge be ne f i t of hi s hom e s t a t e f oundi ng bot h C l e m s on a nd W i nt hr op C ol l e ge s H e r e m a i ne d a pow e r hous e i n W a s hi ngt on a nd S out h C a r ol i na a s l ong a s he l i ve d. I n a l a t e r G r e e nvi l l e S C ne w s pol l he w a s c hos e n M a n of T he H a l f C e nt ur y. A t t hi s j unc t ur e i t i s a ppr opr i a t e t o a c know l e dge t he i nva l ua bl e a s s i s t a nc e of M a r y T i l l m a n S ne a d t he j udge 's da ught e r ( w ho s t i l l r e f e r s t o he r gr a ndf a t he r a s B i g D a ddy" ) M a r y A nne K e a r ne y, t he j udge 's gr a ndda ught e r a s w e l l a s B e n T i l l m a n, h i s s on, a l l of w hom l i ve i n T a m pa T he y m a de a va i l a bl e bot h r e c or ds a nd r e c ol l e c t i ons of r e l e va nt

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f a m i l y hi s t or y M r s S ne a d i s a ke e nl y a l e r t a nd c ha r m i ng 90 ye a r ol d f or m e r t e a c he r w ho ha s l i ve d i n t he s a m e hous e i n H yde P a r k f or t he p a s t 59 ye a r s S he de c l a r e s w i t h s om e pr i de t ha t s he i s f or t una t e i n t w o r e s pe c t s : s he doe s n't hur t a nd s he know w ho s he i s S e na t or T i l l m a n's gr a ndc hi l dr e n j us t i de nt i f i e d e a c h ha ve a l i t t l e pi e c e of hi s t or y a s s oc i a t e d w i t h hi m ; M r s S ne a d ha s a c a m pa i gn b ut t on or pi n f e a t ur i ng a s m a l l pi t c hf or k be ne a t h w hi c h a r e t hr e e go l d bugs one of w hi c h h a s C l e ve l a nd on i t r e f l e c t i ng t he f or m e r p r e s i de nt 's a l l e gi a nc e t o t he gol d s t a nda r d; B e n T i l l m a n ha s a f ul l s i z e pi t c h f or k w i t h t he t i ne s pa i nt e d go l d a nd a n i ns c r i pt i on i de nt i f yi ng i t w i t h h i s gr a ndf a t he r F o r ye a r s i t w a s ke pt i n t he s e ni or T i l l m a n's hom e i n T r e nt on S out h C a r ol i na A c c or di ng t o M r s S ne a d, he r gr a ndf a t he r s uppor t e d bot h gol d a nd s i l ve r a s s t a nda r ds T hough pe r ha ps l e s s f l a m boya nt H e nr y T i l l m a n l i ke hi s f a t he r w a s qui c kl y m a r ke d a s a l e a de r A f t e r g r a dua t i ng f o r m C l e m s on, t he s c hool hi s f a t he r ha d f ounde d H e nr y T i l l m a n f i ni s he d hi s l a w s t udi e s a t W a s hi ngt on & L e e a nd be ga n pr a c t i c i ng i n G r e e nw ood, S C I n 1918, he w a s c a l l e d i nt o a c t i ve dut y w i t h t he C oa s t A r t i l l e r y s e r vi ng f or a bout s i x m ont hs i n E ur ope F o r t una t e l y, he di d not s e e c om ba t dut y H e w a s t a ppe d f or a j udge s hi p i n h i s hom e s t a t e i n 11922, but a f t e r f our or f i v e ye a r s h e opt e d t o l oc a t e i n T a m pa H e ha d a s hor t t e r m a f f i l i a t i on w i t h t he S ha c kl e f or d f i r m a s ha d J udge L L P a r ks be f or e hi m T he n he e s t a bl i s he d a n of f i c e i n t he F i r s t N a t i ona l B a nk B ui l di ng, s ha r i ng s pa c e w i t h R a l ph M a r s i c a no. I n 1934 he w a s i ndu c e d t o e nt e r t he r a c e f o r S t a t e S e na t or a ga i ns t t he pow e r f ul i nc um be nt P a t W hi t a ke r A f t e r be i ng e l e c t e d by a na r r ow m a r gi n, he s e r ve d onl y one t e r m H i s da ught e r r e c a l l s t ha t he m ot he r M a r y F ox T i l l m a n, de s pi s e d pol i t i c s a nd a nyt hi ng a s s oc i a t e d w i t h i t Y e a r s l a t e r a f t e r he r hus ba nd's a ppoi nt m e nt t o t he c our t he b r ought hom e a r e l i c f r om t he o l d c our t hous e ( bui l t i n 1892) be f or e i t w a s r a z e d a nd t he p r e s e nt one ope ne d i n 1952. I t w a s a n ol d br a s s s pi t t oon. M r s T i l l m a n t ook one l ook a t i t a nd t hr e w i t out S hor t l y a f t e r W or l d W a r I I J a m e s M ( R e d) M c E w e n c a m e t o T a m pa s e e ki ng a n a l l i a nc e w i t h a n i ndi vi dua l a t t or ne y or l a w f i r m T he f i r m of T i l l m a n a nd M c E w e n w a s c r e a t e d, e vi de nt l y di d w e l l a nd r e m a i ne d i nt a c t un t i l T i l l m a n's c our t a ppoi nt m e nt R e d, w ho w a s a n A s s t C ount y S ol i c i t o r l a t e r w a s e l e c t e d S t a t e A t t or ne y w i nni ng ove r F r a nk U m s t ot a nd E P M a r t i n o f P l a nt C i t y. R e d's w i dow L oui s e a good l ooki ng G e or gi a pe a c h, r e m e m be r s t ha t H e nr y T i l l m a n, a C l e m s on c l a s s m a t e of he r f a t he r w a s a l w a ys ki nd t o he r du r i ng t he ye a r s w i t h R e d. H e nr y T i l l m a n w a s a ppoi nt e d j udge o f t he 13t h C i r c ui t by G ove r no r F ul l e r W a r r e n i n 1949, w a s e l e c t e d t he f ol l ow i ng ye a r a nd s e r ve d w i t hout oppos i t i on unt i l hi s de a t h. I t w a s a s hor t t r i p f r om hi s ol d of f i c e t o t he C our t h ous e j us t a c r os s t he s t r e e t B ut T a m pa T r i bune r e por t s i ndi c a t e t ha t T i l l m a n a l m os t di dn't m a ke i t A l t hough T i l l m a n w a s a W a r r e n s up por t e r t he m os t l i ke l y nom i ne e w a s W a r r e n's N o. 1 m a n i n H i l l s bor ough C ount y, J ohn W M c W hi r t e r a t t o r ne y f o r t he S t a t e R oa d D e pa r t m e nt T he l a t t e r how e ve r r e por t e dl y de c l i ne d t he a ppoi nt m e nt a nd t ha t w a s t ha t U nt i l t he a ut um n of 1952, t he c our t s ys t e m w a s e s s e nt i a l l y hous e d i n t he o l d t w o s t or y s t r uc t ur e a t F r a nkl i n & M a di s on S t s C i r c ui t J udge s of f i c e s w e r e on t he s e c ond f l oor T he r e w a s no a i r c ondi t i oni ng a nd w he n a c a s e w a s be i ng t r i e d i n t he c i r c ui t C our t r oom t he r e w e r e pr obl e m s be i ng he a r d ove r t he no i s e of t he s t r e e t c a r s c r ui s i ng dow n F r a nkl i n S t r e e t w i t h t he c ou r t r oom w i ndow s s l ung ope n f o r a i r t o a ugm e nt t h e pa ddl e f a ns i n t he c e i l i ng. T he C ount y J udge w i t h j ur i s di c t i on i n p r o ba t e a nd gua r di a ns hi p a nd t he a dde d r e s pons i bi l i t y f or i s s ui ng a l l m a nne r o f l i c e ns e s t o t he publ i c w a s e ns c onc e d on t he f i r s t

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f l oor A t t he c onc l us i on of t hi s a r t i c l e i s a r a r e ut t e r l y c a ndi d phot o of J udge T i l l m a n s t a ndi ng a t t he w i ndow o f hi s ol d c our t hous e of f i c e t a ki ng a b r e a k f r om t he t e di u m of hi s c om m on dut i e s t o do s om e t hi ng he unc om m onl y l ove d. B ut m o r e a bout t ha t l a t e r I n t he G e ne r a l C i vi l D i vi s i on p r i or t o 1982 be f o r e a F a m i l y L a w D i vi s i on w a s c r e a t e d, C i r c ui t J udge s he a r d a l l di vo r c e c a s e s N ot t o s ugg e s t t ha t J udge T i l l m a n ha d a ny c ons c i ous bi a s e s or l e a ni ngs i t w a s t a c i t l y unde r s t ood by m os t l a w ye r s t ha t i f you ha d a n a t t r a c t i ve f e m a l e c l i e nt i n f a m i l y l i t i ga t i on, you w e r e a pt t o f i nd a m or e s ym pa t he t i c e a r i n D i vi s i on B t ha n i n s om e o f t he ot he r di vi s i ons T hi s s c r i be ha d a n unus ua l e xpe r i e nc e be f or e J udg e T i l l m a n i n w ha t w a s p r oba bl y one of hi s l a s t j u r y t r i a l s M y c l i e nt R i z z o, w a s s ue d by a n out of s t a t e s uppl i e d, E uc l i d U r ba na C o. on a de l i nque nt a c c ount I t w a s a bi g c a s e f or m e a s m y de f e nda nt w a s s ue d f or a l m os t $900 ( i n t he 50s be f o r e t he C i vi l C l a i m s C our t w a s e s t a bl i s he d, a ny c l a i m e xc e e di ng $500 w a s w i t hi n C i r c ui t C our t j u r i s di c t i on) P l a i nt i f f r e pr e s e nt e d by t he l a t e C ha r l e s W B r ya n, w a s pr e s e nt i ng i t s p r oof s by de p os i t i on. T he r e w e r e a l ot o f t e c hni c a l obj e c t i ons a nd t he m or e i nt e r r upt i o ns be f or e t he j u r y, t he m or e e xa s pe r a t e d J udge T i l l m a n be c a m e F i na l l y, he c a l l e d a ha l t t o t he de pos i t i on a nd s a i d t o t he ba i l i f f M r B a i l i f f t a ke a j ur o r out of t he box a nd t o t he l a w ye r s he c a l m l y pr oc l a i m e d T hi s c a s e i s l i ke a C hi ne s e puz z l e ( hi s e xa c t w or ds ) a nd I 'm s e ndi ng i t t o a S pe c i a l M a s t e r T ha t e nde d t he j ur y t r i a l a nd a s I r e c a l l t he J udge s e nt t o V R ( R e d) F i s he r A l l o f t hi s t ook pl a c e ove r t i m e l y ob j e c t i on f r om de f e nda nt A n a ppe a l w a s t a ke n a nd t he S e c ond D i s t r i c t C our t r e ve r s e d i n R i z z o v. E uc l i d U r ba na 118 S o. 2ds 553 ( 1960 ) T he s e que l t o t he c a s e ? W e s e t t l e d i t f or $100. 00 I n t hi s l a w ye r 's opi ni on H e nr y T i l l m a n w a s a w a r m he a r t e d, t hou ght f ul a nd f a i r m i nde d j udge w ho r e f r a i ne d f r om pe r e m pt or y r ul i ngs I f a s e r i ous obj e c t i on w a s m a de by a l a w ye r he w oul d m or e of t e n t ha n not gi ve t he obj e c t or a f a i r c ha nc e t o a r gue t e l l i ng hi m I 'l l he a r you on t ha t O ppos i ng c ouns e l w oul d, of c our s e be a f f or de d t i m e t o r e s pond. F or ye a r s j udge a nd M r s T i l l m a n m a i nt a i ne d t he i r w e l l l a nds c a pe d t w o s t or y hom e on S out h R om e A ve nue T he y w e r e ne i ghbor s of j udg e a nd M r s H a r r y S a ndl e r unt i l 1956. T he J udge ha s a n a bs ol ut e m a ni a f o r pl a nt i ng va r i e t i e s of s hr ubs f l ow e r s a nd t r e e s t he n m oni t or i ng t he i r g r ow t h ( h i s f a vor i t e s w e r e c a m e l l i a s ) O nc e hi s da ught e r r e c a l l s he ha d a t r e e r e a dy f o r pl a ni ng a t hom e W he n hi s w i f e w ou l dn't a l l ow a ny m or e g r e e ne r y i n t he ove r c r ow de d ya r d, he t ook i t ove r t o S O r e gon A v e nue a nd pl a nt e d i t i n t he S ne a d's ba c k ya r d. H e t o ok e nor m ous p r i de i n pl a nt i ng, unl i ke m os t pe opl e w ho s a y t ha t t o e nj oy ga r de n w or k, put on a w i de ha t a nd gl ove s hol d a l i t t l e t r o w e l i n one ha nd t he n t e l l t he m a n w he r e t o di g J udge T i l l m a n's f a m i l y he r i t a ge w a s of f or e m os t i m por t a nc e t o hi m a nd he i ns t i l l e d t ha t pr i de i n hi s c hi l dr e n a nd gr a ndc hi l d r e n. H e pa r l a ye d a br i e f pol i t i c a l p r e s e nc e i nt o a de c a de of di s t i ngui s he d j udi c i a l s e r vi c e A f t e r w or d S om e ne ve r out of da t e a dvi c e on t he a r t o f a dvoc a c y f r om t he pe n o f U S S upr e m e J us t i c e C ha r l e s E va ns H ughe s ( 1862 1948) : T he a dvoc a t e l e a r ns t o be c our t e ous but ne ve r ob s e qui ous a l w a ys t he ge nt l e m a n. H e l e a r ns how i m por t a nt i t i s t o ke e p one 's t e m pe r ne ve r t o a ppe a r ne r vous or t o l os e poi s e ; ne ve r t o be pe t t y w o r dy, r e pe t i t i ous ; t o know w he n t o ke e p s t i l l t o e xpr e s s c a ndi dl y,

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c onc i s e l y, a l w a ys goi ng di r e c t l y t o t he po i nt ; t o us e a r a pi e r r a t he r t ha n a c l ub; t o ha ve one 's pa pe r s s o a r r a nge d t ha t w ha t e ve r m a y be ne e de d w i l l be i m m e di a t e l y a t ha nd s o t ha t he doe s not ha ve t o f um bl e ; t o be s o w e l l pr e pa r e d t ha t he i s r e a dy f or a ny e m e r ge nc y; not t o be t i e d dow n by b r i e f or m e m o r a nda a nd a l w a ys t o s how s pont a ne i t y a s w e l l a s a l e r t ne s s M or i s on B uc k