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JUDGE. J. H. HUDSON DEAD.
Well-Known Jurist Passes Away at
Greenville.-Death Due to Bright's
Joshua Hilarv Hudson, lawyer,
Judge. teacher. State Senator, and
-eteran of the civil war, one of the
nost distinguished men in South Car
'lina. died shortly after noon Thurs
day in Greenville, at the home of his
daughter. Mrs. William A. Williams.
Death was due to Bright's disease
which had confined him to his room
and bed for the past two weeks. His
fast appearance in public as a speaker
was at the meeting of the State Press
Association when he delivered a short
impromptu address. At that time he
appeared to .be in the best of health.
Sev-eral weeks ago he left his home
at Bennettsville to visit his daughters
at Greenville. and during a large part
of the time he spent in Greenville he
complained of feeling ill, and for the
last few days his family and friends
have been -expecting the end. He was
totally blind during the last hours of
Judge Hudson is survived by the
following children: Mrs. William A.
Williams, and Mrs. A. A. Bristow, of
Greenville, and Mrs. J. L. Jordan and
Mrs. W. R. Crossland, of Bennetts
ville. The interment was at Bennetts
ville, the remains being taken to that
place on the train leaving Greenville
at noon Friday. Members of the
Greenville Bar Association acted as
an honorary escort for the body when
it was removed from the residence of
Mrs. Williams to the Charleston and
Weptern Carolina Railroad station.
Judge Hudson was one of the ablest
lawyers, as well as one of the most
prominent and highly regarded citi
zens, of the Palmetto State. He was
presid-ent of the State Bar Association
at one time, and .South Carolina has
produced few members of the legal
orofession who stood higher in the es
timation of the people.
He was a lifelong and consistent
member of the Baptist denomination
and. as in affairs of State, his advice
in church councils was always re
spected and generally followed.
In 1897 Judge Hudson wrote his
autobiography for "The Bench and
Bar of South Carolina," by Col.
Brooks, in 4hich he graphically but
modiestly portrayed the struggles of
his ea'rly life. The following is an
abridged copy of his autobiography:
Autobiography of Joshua H. Hudson.
"I was born in the present town of
Chester on the 29th day of January,
1832. My father, Dabney Hudson,
was born in Amherst County, Tvir
.ginia, December 17, 1801, and came to
South Carolina when a youth. I was
very fond of my books and learned
rapidly, as much as -any of my fellow
pupils. Under Mr. Bansemer, a Ger
man, I began and made progress in the
study of Latin and Greek, algebra
and geometry. For a short time I
was a printer's "devil,'' but I soon
discovered that my employer was in
tellectually a very weak man and one
from wh.om, I would probably learn
little, so I left him.
"One Sabbath day while sitting in
the Baptist Church, my mind wander
ed from the sermon and brooded over
my sad lot in not being able to go to
college. I fixed my mind on Richard
Kennedy, Esq., as a kind man and one
able to help if willing. Luckily I
found him alone, and in five minutes
had his promise to lend me money.
When I left for college I had with
me $100, which was half of what I
had borrowed. I entered the sopho
more class of South Carolina College
with many others, making a class of
over sixty. In my junior year the
whole class rebelled, because of a mis
undestanding with one of the .profess
ors. I was able to take the place of
one of -the expelled boys in the home
of Mir. Preston. Later I obtained a
scholarship which paid me the an
nual interest on $5,000 at 7 per cent. I
graduated in December, 1852. with the
first honor in *a class of nearly fifty
"T.o weeks after graduation I 're
eived notice of my election as prin
eipal of the Academy at Bennettsville.
On the 4th of Miay, 1854. I married
Mfary. the eldest daughter of my land
>ord. Mr. Philip Miiller. I being twen
--:-two yea.rs old. Having taught
s:oIl for fur years. oni the 1st of
January. 1837. I opened for the fi'rst
time in my life a law book and began
the study of law in earnest. In four
months I had read the entire course
of studv. In 1858, I ran for the Leg
islature, and had perhaps the misfor
tune to be elected. I declined to serve
*a second term. In 1860 my income had
'nereased to $600, and then came the
CoXnfederate war, finding me largely
"I entered the army as a private
-.'( i in the company commanded
b u.at. -T. A. W. Thomas. At the
/-2ramt:e. ofi the( lhh battaion(t in
Jajo campaign, including thle nine
day~ siege :nta: enty. \ \ wer Ur-i
;dered back to South Carolina and par
ticipated in the defence of Charleston
until March, 1864. We were then sent
to North Carolina and later to
Petersburg, and on the 20th of May
fought Gen. B. F. Butler between the
Appomattox and James River, at
Clay's Farm, or Warebottom Creek.
We sufered severely at the battle -of
the "Crater," many of our brigade
being killed by the springing of the
pine beneath us.
"On April 1, 1865, at Five Forks, I
received my only serious wound, be
ing shot through the body just below
the left lung at close quarters by a
minie ball. I fell, a wounded prisoner,
into the hands of the enemy on April
2, and after being without medical at
tention for six weeks I was sufficiently
recovered to be paroled and begin my
'journey homeward. My wife, believ
ing me to be dead, had left our hum
ble home and taken shelter with her
'widowed mother. All seemed ruin,
desolation and despair.
"On the 1st of January, 1866, I
'formed a co-partnership with Samuel
J. Townsend, Esq., and the Courts be
ing now open, business began to flow
in steadily and good fees to be paid.
By the time of my partner's death,
in May, 1870, I had paid off an ante
bellum debt of $2,000 and otherwise
improved myself pecuniarily.
"On the 14th of February, 1878, I
was elected to the office of Judge of
the 4th judicial circuit as successor to
the Hon. C. P. Townsend. To the
'duties of this office I devoted myself
'most laboriously, until, after sixteen
years' service, I ;as succeeded by the
Hon. Richard Watts, of Laurens, ow
ing to the tide in politics by which
Tillman and his faction came into
power. The manner in which I dis
charged my duties in this exalted and
responsible office is known to all th-e
people, but especially to the Bar of
the State. It does not become hne to
speak of it. I will say, however, that
during this long period I never missed
a court, nor was I ever behind the
'hour appointed for its.9pening. It is
the duty of a Judge to decide eases
and render judgments promptly. Jus
tice delayed is justice denied. A ful
ly argued ease I never pocketed, but
decided all during term time.
"In my domestic relations I ear
nestly endeavored to discharge the
duties of husband and father. Our
~afflictions have been great, in having
lost ten of our fourteen children-six
sons and four daughters--so that we
have no surviving son, but four living
daughters, three married and orne sin
gle. Our worldly possessions are small,
consisting of a comfertable house and
a small piece of land near the town,
with some insignificant improvements
on it, but yielding almost no income.
Of surplus money we have none, and
I am forced to resume my practice of
law with what success the futurre can
"For the encouragement of poor
boys desirous of acquiring an educa
tion, I wish to say that for a year or
two before going to college I had to,
study much at night, but my mother
could not furnish me with a light.
She and her daughters shad to sew
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