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Judge John A. Tuggle

The old and influential citizens of our country are fast passing away. Judge John A. Tuggle, whose death occurred at his home in Monroe Twp. on the 8th last was one of this class, having been closely identified with Daviess county and its interests for half a century. A man of strong and vigorous mind, thoroughly practical in his ideas, conservative in his deliberation, coupled with a stock of common sense and sound judgment. He possessed those elements of character that inspired confidence and gave him an extensive influence in his community. Judge Tuggle was born in Goodland Co, Virginia, July 5th 1807 and moved to Knox Co., Kentucky in 1812 where he was reared and educated. In 1839 he came to Daviess Co., Mo. and located on the present homestead where he engaged in farming and stock raising in which business he continued actively until the day of his death. In 1846 he was elected presiding judge of the county court and in 1848 was reelected for a term of two years. At the expiration of this term, although strongly solicited to allow his name to be used for reelection, he retired to his farm where he followed his chosen avocation. In 1872 when the affairs of the county had become so complicated, Judge Tuggle was again called upon to assist in bringing order out of chaos. He was then elected a member of the county court and continuously served for 12 years; during these years Judge Tuggle in connection with his associates, Judges Feurt and Brown, did the county good service in paying off the large railroad indebtedness which at that time was threatening to impair the county's credit. In politics, Judge Tuggle was a Democrat, being a strong believer in the principles enunciated by his party. In his habits of life, plain and simple, believing that industry and frugality are the essential elements to success and by their practice he succeeded in accumulating a handsome estate. On the 2nd day of September 1847 he was married to Marie Hemry, daughter of George Hemry, deceased, of Daviess Co. and to them were born six children, three sons and three daughters. The widow and children are all living. In the long residence of nearly 53 years at the homestead, his is the first death, his the first casket to be carried from the home around which his affections have been so long entwined and so many years of his life spent in promoting its welfare, but he is gone, another ernest, toiling life is ended and one life long friend has laid down his burden.

Source: The Gallatin Democrat, January 21, 1892.

[Note: Judge John A. Tuggle died January 8, 1892 at his Monroe Township homne.]

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