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MEMOIRS

CLEMENT R. GILMORE

By ROBERT C. PATTERSON, of Dayton

Clement R. Gilmore was born at Eaton, Preble County, Ohio, September 5th, 1858, and died at Dayton, Ohio, April 10, 1919. His grandfather, Dr. Eli Gilmore, came with his family from Virginia to Ohio in 1825, and located in Preble County. One of his sons, William J. Gilmore, was then a child four years old. He was reared in Eaton and educated in its public schools. Attaining young manhood, he taught school for a short time, but choosing the legal profession as his vocation, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1847. He practiced a short time at Hamilton, Ohio, and then returned to Eaton, where he became a very successful lawyer and acquired a large practice. In 1857 he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the common pleas bench, and filled the office so acceptably that later, in 1867, he was elected judge of the common pleas court, and served with exceptional ability in that office until 1875. In that year he received still higher judicial honors, being elected one of the judges of the Supreme Court of Ohio. This exalted office he filled with distinguished ability for a term of five years. On retiring from the bench, he resumed the active practice of his profession in Columbus, Ohio, and remained an honored, prominent and influential member of the Franklin County bar until his death in 1896.

His son, Clement R. Gilmore, was educated in the public schools of Eaton, and graduated from its high school in the class of 1877. He was ambitious to obtain a still higher education, and entered the University at Wooster, Ohio; but because of ill health he was unable to complete the course in that institution, or to acquire the higher education which he so much desired. He engaged for a little time in civil engineering. In 1881 he was appointed special examiner in the State Insurance Commissioner's office, and was instrumental in exposing and ridding the state of a scheme of fraudulent insurance which had been operating quite extensively in the state. It was but natural, however, that he, like his distinguished father, should become a member of the legal profession. He studied law in his father's office, and was admitted to the bar in 1888, and practiced law with his father at Columbus until the latter's death. He then went to California and remained there for a short period, but returned to Eaton and practiced his profession there until he came to Dayton in 1903, and entered upon the practice there where he continued in active and successful practice until his health failed a year or so before his death.

In January, 1909, he became assistant prosecuting attorney under Hon. Carl W. Lenz, and was continued in that position under his successor, Hon. Robert C. Patterson, serving most efficiently in that capacity for eight years in all. He took great interest in all that pertains to the advancement of his chosen profession. He was an active member of both the local and the state bar associations and was for a number of years treasurer of the State Bar Association. He was a man of modest deportment and uniformly affable and courteous to the court and to his associates at the bar. As a lawyer he was upright, conscientious and capable, and was recognized by members of the bar and by the public as a lawyer of ability and a man of high character and standing as a citizen, and in his profession. His intellectual activities extended beyond his profession. He was a wide reader of the best literature and was a man of exceptionally high literary attainments. He was a member for a number of years of the Saturday Club, a club composed of a number of gentlemen devoted to the study of literature and of the lives of the great men and women who have figured most conspicuously in the great achievements and events of history. In this club he took high rank. The papers he read were most admirable and were always received and discussed with great interest and pleasure. They were full of information and were of high literary excellence. He had a fund of wit and humor which enlivened his own papers, and the discussions of papers read by other members of the club. His extensive and discriminating knowledge of books led to his appointment as a member of the City Library Board, where he served most acceptably for several years before his death.

He was a man of fine social qualities, was an ideal gentleman and had a wide circle of friends and admirers. He took a deep interest in and was well informed on all the great political and economic questions of the day, and in the public affairs of the city.

He was married in 1889 to Miss Ellen O. Gardner, of Cleveland, a daughter of George W. Gardner, of that city. His widow and two sons, William Gilmore, of Columbus, Ohio, and Jack Gilmore, of Chicago, and a daughter, Miss Rosanne Gilmore, of Dayton survive to mourn the loss of a most devoted husband and father.

He has passed from among us, and we, his fellow members of the bar, deem it fitting that we should in this public manner pay our tribute to his high character, both as a man and as a lawyer, and express our sincere sorrow at his death.

A. D. FOLLETT

By SMITH W. BENNETT, of Columbus

To me, one of the most beautiful sentences in American literature is this:

"Since all must die how glorious it is that some may die in an undying cause.'

It is peculiarly fitting and expressive as applied to “Going West,” of Alfred Dewey Follett. The circumstances surrounding his passing were in keeping with his devotion, loyalty and patriotism. On the morning of his death, he had arisen early, and, as was his wont, had gone down town to learn the morning news from the war front. Upon returning to his home shortly after six o'clock, he remarked to a maid in passing, “The war news is all good this morning, Lizzie.” He then went to an upper balcony of his home to raise the flag. This was about 6:30. Nothing more was seen of him until about 9:30 o'clock, when he was discovered by a servant in his home upon the upper balcony beneath the folds of Old Glory-dead. A doctor was hastily summoned, but examination disclosed that life had been extinct for some time.

Alfred Dewey Follett was the son of the late Judge Martin Dewey Follet and Harriet Shipmen Follett. He was born March 30, 1858, in Marietta, Ohio, where he continued to reside to the day of his death. A brother and a sister passed away in childhood, leaving the only surviving member of the family, one brother, Judge Edward B. Follett, who is a major in the Judge Advocate Corps of the Army. He was united in marriage to Miss Lou Hopkins, of Parkersburg, W. Va. To this union were born two daughters, Miss Harriet Follett, until recently connected with Smith's College, Northampton, Mass., and Mrs. D. A. Bartlett, nee Jessie Follett, of Marietta, who, together with the widow, survive.

Coming from some of the best of the sturdy pioneer stock of Marietta, he, whom we most familiarly call Dewey, proved himself true to family blood and tradition and became one of Marietta's most distinguished sons. Following his father's footsteps, he chose the law for his professional career and won for himself both honor and distinction. Following his graduation from Marietta College in 1875, of which class he was valedictorian, he took a post-graduate course at Cornell University at Ithica, N. Y., during the years 1877-78. For two years he read law with his father and was admitted to practice in the State of Ohio February 4, 1880. He became a member of the Washington County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, in the councils of which he was always a prominent participant and served upon many of the committees of those bodies. He was president of this association during the year 1908. He practiced in all the courts of his native state and of the Federal Districts and Circuits, and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. For several years he was chairman of the Board of Examiners, under appointment of the Supreme Court, for the examination of law students for admission to the Bar of Ohio. His activities are well expressed in a sketch prepared and published in the Marietta papers, from which we glean the following:

He was never ambitious for political preferment, but was sought by those high in the councils of his party, because of his wise political judgment and high character. He had the sincere friendship of the political leaders of his state and many of those who were national in character. He seemed content to serve as a counsellor rather than as an office-holder. He served from 1890 to 1894 as City Solicitor of his home city. He was president of the Board of Trade and for many years was president of the Marietta Board of Education, which office he held until shortly before his death. He resigned because of his health. He was vice-president of the People's Banking and Trust Company of Marietta since its organization in 1902. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Marietta College. He was a prominent member of Alpha Sigma Phi

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