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Captain J. J.
District Five and
the Board of Supervisors
C. D. Scott
B. H. Wade
R. O. Hornsby
Shelton, Chancery Clerk
To his deserved popularity and
business qualifications is due the success of the subject of this sketch.
Mr. Shelton was born in Copiah County September 1, 1870, and came to
Jefferson County in 1894. In the ten years of his residency he has
successfully been a member of the Board of Supervisors, Sheriff and Tax
collector, and in 1903 was elected to his present post as Chancery Clerk.
He received his education at Union Church High School and at the
Mississippi A. & M College. Subsequently he took a commercial course at
Wyatt’s Business College, Jackson. Miss. For four years he was employed by
Laz. Levy’s Sons, Port Gibson, Miss. Mr. Shelton is an example of what a
young man can do who combines honesty with his progressiveness.
Clarke Coffey, Circuit Clerk
Mr. C. C. Coffey, the present
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, is a son of the late Capt.
C. S. Coffey, an old and respected citizen of Jefferson County, and a
soldier of distinction in both the Mexican and Confederate armies. Captain
Coffey organized and was captain of the “Thomas Hinds Guards,” the first
company which left for the war from Jefferson County.
The subject of this sketch was born in Fayette January 27, 1853, and from
1867 to 1870 attended the University of Mississippi. He was elected Clerk
of the Circuit Court in 1884, and served as such until 1896, when he was
elected Sheriff of the county. Upon the expiration of his term in 1900 he
retired to private life, but in 1904 he was again elevated to the
Clerkship of the Circuit Court. Mr. Coffey stands high among his fellow
citizens and is a competent, capable and accommodating official.
F. R. Noble,
One of Fayette’s most
enterprising citizens, is a native of Franklin- County, where he was born
October 7, 1868. This gentleman, Mr. Felix H. Noble, spent the early years
of his life in Brookhaven and attended school in that place. In 1891 he
moved to Harriston and conducted a livery business and three years later
came to Fayette, establishing a similar business. He was elected Mayor of
Fayette and served during the years 1897-1898. In 1903 he was elected
Sheriff of Jefferson County and is the present incumbent. To Mr. Nobles
push and energy is due, to a large extent, the substantial growth of
Fayette, and that his efforts have been appreciated by his town and
county-men is testified to by his election to the offices which he has
Judge Truly is yet a young man,
having only passed the forty-second year of his life and not quite the
twenty-first year of his career as a lawyer. He was born In Fayette July
21, 1861, on the day the battle of Manassas was fought; was educated in
the common schools of the county, afterward at tending a high school in
Natchez. In 1879 he entered the law office of the late Capt. J. J.
Whitney, of Fayette. and studied under him two years; in 1881 and 1882 he
was in Saint Joseph, La., and further prosecuted his studies in the law
office of Steele & Garrett (the senior member of this firm afterward moved
to New York, and became District Attorney of Cook County. Upon leaving
Messrs. Steele & Garrett. Mr. Truly matriculated at Tulane Law College,
New Orleans, and took a common law course. He was admitted to practice in
the fall of 1883, hanging out his shingle In Fayette, and at once showed
such energetic zeal and level-headed grasp of facts, as well as a splendid
ability to analyze evidence and understand human nature, that he very
quickly built up for him self a lucrative practice which continued to grow
until December 1, 1898, when he was appointed Judge of the Sixth District
by Governor A. J. McLaurin. He has served out one full term as Circuit
Judge and was re-appointed by Governor Longino. To know of his success in
prompt dispatch of business before his courts, quick and uniformly fair
and correct rulings, and impartial and fearless Judgment in all matters
before his tribunal, one has only to ask the attorneys who practice at the
various bars in the district for an opinion.
Judge Truly was appointed Associate Justice of the
Mississippi Supreme Court in August of last year, by Governor Longino. His
appointment is for a term of three years, and is to fill out the unexpired
term of Judge Terrall, who died last spring.
Judge Truly owns considerable property in Fayette and
Jefferson county; is a stockholder in and director of the Jefferson County
Bank; is a thoroughly progressive citizen, and led the local fight for the
installation of the waterworks and electric light plant.
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