Hon. Turner H. Trippe

The Weekly Cartersville Express
Cartersville, Georgia
January 25, 1867, Page 2
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Death of Hon. T. H. Trippe.

It becomes our painful duty to announce the death of our esteemed and honored fellow citizen, Hon. Turner H. Trippe.  He died suddenly, it is believed of Apoplexy – at his residence a few miles from Cassville, on the 20th instant.  He complained a short while before his death of weakness and faintness, but never spoke after he was seized by a fatal shock –expired immediately.

Judge Trippe was born in Hancock County, Georgia, of highly respected parents in the year of 1801, and was at the time of his demise, about 66 years old.  His father, ninety odd years old, still lives, and is astonishingly healthy and active.  The Judge was educated at Franklin College, where he graduated, and immediately adopted the profession of Law.  While comparatively young, he filled the office of Sol. Gen’l on one of the Northern circuits, and in maturer life presided about eight years as Judge of the Superior Court of the Cherokee Circuit.  The time for which he held the office is the best evidence of the ability and integrity with which he filled it.  For several years before the war he had retired from practice, but he was induced by the solicitation of friends once more to assume the judicial ermine.  In this office he continued to exhibit that integrity and impartiality, which have ever distinguished him through life; and though he had arrived at that age when most men find their strength to be but “labor and sorrow,” his intellect seemed to have borne the ravages of time as well as his untarnished morals had withstood the corruption of the age.  No matter in what light we regard him, his life must be considered a success.  Indeed he united in his person and character, a combination of qualities that must always insure more or less of honorable success.  A firm believer in the power of faith, a constant disciple of Christianity – carrying it with him in all the departments of life –a firm adherence to the right and unwavering opposition to the wrong—holding always to his integrity above seduction of office or the allurements of wealth—moderate and conservative in his views, yet decided in his principles—avoiding the extremes of fanaticism on the one hand and the torpidity of indifference on the other—a good citizen, a kind neighbor, and a consistent friend—the head of a large and interesting family, with his effections [sic] expanded and purified and exalted by a husband’s duties and a father’s care; he could not have been otherwise than successful among the people with whom he lived.  His manner of life was in unison with his intellectual qualities and moral endowments—simple, plain and frank, without ostentation or vanity.  Modest in his desires and aspirations he was scrupulous in keeping the faith and fulfilling promises.  In all the relations and circumstances of life, he judged with moderation, and acted with prudence, hence when the storm of revolution swept over this country in the Winter of sixty, the Conservative men of the county with great unanimity sent him to the State Convention as one of their Representatives. He had temper and spirit, discretion, prudence, manliness and gentility which resented affronts with firmness.

While he avoided temerity and ebolitions of passion, he united the ability and gravity of a Judge, with the suavity of advocate, the deference of an equal, and the kindness of a friend.  Through his long life, public and private, he retained the confidence of his fellow citizens, his last years having been crowned with repeated assurances of their unshaken trust, in his faithfulness, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there was no guile,” he has fought a good fight, kept the faith, and we believe, while we write, is one of the crowned saints of Heaven.—Full of years and honors, he has been carried to his grave!   Lamented and mourned by all that knew him, “The silver cord loosed!  The golden bowl—the pitcher at the fountain! the wheel at the cistern, have been broken!  The dust has returned to the earth as it was, and the spirit to God that gave it!


The Cartersville Express
March 25, 1869, page 2

Letters of Administration.

Thomas W. Hooper on the estate of Turner H. Trippe.


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