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Knox County Courthouse Photograph

Identifier: MS-2979

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of a black and white photograph of seven men in the 3rd floor courtroom of the Knox County Courthouse, circa 1943-1947, which was then used for Federal Court. The men in the photograph are Grafton Green, Albert Bramlett Neil, Frank H. Gailor, Alan M. Prewitt, Alexander W. Chambliss, Roy H. Beeler, and one unidentified man. The photograph has the autographs of the men at the bottom of the print.

This collection is associated with the Lucile and Warren Kennerly Papers. For more information, see MS.2656.


  • circa 1943-1947

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2 Linear Feet


This collection consists of a framed black and white photograph of seven men in the 3rd floor courtroom of the Knox County Courthouse, circa 1943-1947.

Biographical/Historical Note

Grafton Green was born on August 25, 1872 in Lebanon, Tennessee to parents Nathan Green and Betty McClain. He married Pauline Dinges on December 10, 1898. He served on the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1910 to 1947. Over twenty three of those years were spent serving as Chief Justice. One of his most prominent cases that he oversaw was the appeal of John T. Scopes. Scopes conviction was overturned in 1923, but the court ruled that the law against teaching evolution was constitutional. Green died on January 27, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Albert B. Neil, Sr. was born on February 28, 1873 in Lewisburg, Tennessee. He received a bachelor degree in law from Cumberland University in 1896. The same year, he was accepted into the Tennessee Bar. In 1911, he married Josephine Pendleton on September 9. He went on to receive his LL.D from Cumberland University in 1935. From 1910 to 1918, he was the Judge of the Criminal Court, 10th Judicial District in Nashville. He then went on to be the Dean of the College of Law at Cumberland University from 1935 to 1940. In 1947, he became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in Tennessee and held the position until 1960. He died on June 15, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Frank H. Gailor was born on May 9, 1892. He attended Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, where he received his Bachelor's degree. He served as a judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court from June 7, 1943 to April 8, 1954. Gailor died in 1954.

Alan M. Prewitt was born in Grand Junction, Hardeman County, Tennessee, February 1, 1893. Prewitt served in the U. S. Army during World War I. He was a Presidential Elector for Tennessee in 1916, and was a member of Tennessee Democratic State Executive Committee in 1925. He was delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee in 1940. In 1942, Prewitt became a justice of Tennessee state supreme court. Prewitt died in 1963.

Alexander W. Chambliss was Mayor of Chattanooga from 1919-1923. He was re-elected in 1923, but resigned from the office a month later to accept an appointment to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Chambliss died on September 30, 1947.

Roy H. Beeler was born in 1882. He served as Knox County Election Commission Chairman from 1919-1925 and was appointed Assistant State Attorney General in 1927. Beeler served by special appointment as attorney for the Railroad and Public Utilities Commission from 1927-1931, and as Solicitor General of Tennessee from 1931-1932. In 1932, Beeler was named Attorney General and Reporter for the State of Tennessee. He was Tennessee’s 50th Attorney General and served longer than any of his predecessors, 22 years, being elected to 8 year terms in 1934, 1942, and 1950 and was, at the time of his death, the State’s most highly paid official. He died in 1954.


This collection consists of one oversized box.

Acquisition Note

This collection is property of the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA