Nimrod Davis Denson, Sr.

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Nimrod Davis Denson, Sr.

Death: March 25, 1927 (70)
Immediate Family:

Son of Augustus Russell Denson and Samantha Elizabeth Denson
Brother of John B. Denson, (CSA) and Col. William Henry Denson, (CSA)

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About Nimrod Davis Denson, Sr.

"The LaFayette Sun" - October 1, 1913:

Judge N. D. Denson and Family Leave Lafayette.

Judge N. D. Denson and family, to the deep regret of their friends here, are moving to Opelika to make their home in that city. In bidding farewell to this excellent family, we deem it proper that we give to our readers a brief sketch of the life and labors of Judge Denson. When a boy, about twelve years of age, he came to LaFayette from Russell County, the advent to this place being made in November, 1871, shortly after the death of his father. The year 1872, he spent in a school here taught by Bledsoe and Hart, entering the A. & M. college at Auburn in 1873 and remaining through 1874 but never completed the course of study. Under his brother Col. Wm. H. Denson, he prepared himself for the practice of law and was admitted to the bar in the Chancery Court, before Chancellor N. S. Graham, and began active practice in 1877. He has been a citizen of this town ever since, always active in all things that looked to the good of the town and the furtherance of all moral and religious reforms.

Judge Denson represented the 9th Senatorial District 1884 to 1887 and was a member of the House from Chambers County in the session of 1888. He was elected judge of the Fifth Circuit in 1892, serving for 12 years, and making a record rarely equaled by any and surpassed by few. In 1904 he was elevated to the Supreme bench as Associate Justice, but resigned in Sept. 1909 to return to practice of law in LaFayette, where he has been actively engaged ever since.

In all the important positions, with which the people have honored him, he has so served as to merit the esteem and good will of his State, and to reflect honor upon his constituents and add luster to his name. An important event in the life of Judge Denson was his marriage on Dec. 19th, 1883 to Miss Carrie E. Vernon, of Cusseta. Through the years her sweet spirit has been a benediction to him.

Their home life has been perfect: sunshine and happiness always abounding. The writer of these lines, for years, was a neighbor to this family, and we know that no family was so blessed by all the things that go to make up an ideal home life. Into their lives have come two beautiful daughters and two noble and manly sons to bless and honor them.

In leaving LaFayette for Opelika, Judge Denson says: “It is not because I am dissatisfied with LaFayette and her people, but because Opelika is more centrally located with respect to my law practice and I can serve the majority of my clients more conveniently. I love LaFayette and the people of Chambers County as I can never love any other place or people, and, while I will become a citizen of Opelika, I will be a frequent visitor and will continue to serve my clients here.”

The Sun bespeaks for this excellent family, as they enter into the social, business and religious life of Opelika, that cordial and hearty welcome which the good people of our sister town know so well how to give.

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Nimrod Davis Denson, Sr.'s Timeline

June 20, 1856
March 25, 1927
Age 70