Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ilderton Wesley Bowman (1857-1924)

From the composite portrait of the 1895 South Carolina Constitutional Convention.

   The following passages examine the life and career of a man named Ilderton....Ilderton Wesley Bowman to be precise, and very likely the only person named "Ilderton" ever to be elected to public office in the United States! This strangely named South Carolina native served as a delegate to his state's Constitutional Convention in 1895 whilst also being an incumbent South Carolina state representative. He would later achieve further prominence as a judge for the First Judicial Circuit Court of South Carolina, remaining on the bench until his death in 1924.
   The son of Dr. Orrin Nelson and Isabella Limehouse Bowman of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, Ilderton W. Bowman was born in that county on September 20, 1857. He would attend the Mt. Zion Institute in Winnsboro, South Carolina and in 1879 graduated from the Wofford College in Spartanburg. In November 1883 he married to Mary Ellen Crum (1861-1934), later having a total of eight children, who are listed as follows in order of birth: John Wesley (1884-1952), Orrin Nelson (1888-1932), Alma Rebecca (1888-1979), Minnie (1891-1954), Mary Ellen (1893-1974), Hammond Crum (1895-1974), Ruth (1898-1907), Reddick A. (1900-1987) and Elizabeth Hayne (1904-1971).  Of these children, Hammond Crum would follow in his father's stead, becoming an attorney, and also served as a state representative for Charleston County beginning in 1929.
   In the early 1880s Bowman began the study of law under local lawmaker Samuel Dibble and was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1882. He established a practice in Orangeburg and over the next decade built up a clientele that included not only local banks also the Orangeburg Building and Loan Association. In November 1893 Bowman was elected to represent Orangeburg in the South Carolina House of Representatives and took his seat at the start of the 1894-96 term. During this session he was selected as a delegate to the state Constitutional Convention being held that year, and while at the convention served on the committees on Judiciary and Engrossed Bills and Ordinances. As a delegate Bowman would author a provision to the state constitution that prohibited divorces in South Carolina and saw it successfully passed by his fellow delegates. This divorce law would remain on the books for over sixty years until being reversed by the state in 1949.
   Following his service in the legislature/convention Bowman returned to practicing law, and in 1906 was elected as an city alderman for Orangeburg, serving in that capacity from 1907-09. Active in several fraternal organizations in his native city, Bowman was a longstanding member (and past master) of the Shibboleth Lodge # 28 of Free and Accepted Masons, as well as the Woodmen of the World. In the early 1910s Bowman was elected as Judge of the First Circuit Court of South Carolina, and would hold his seat until his death on August 24, 1924, shortly before his 67th birthday. Bowman was survived by his wife Mary Ellen, who, following her death in 1931, was interred alongside her husband at Orangeburg's Sunnyside Cemetery.
  As far as history is concerned, Orangeburg, South Carolina hasn't forgotten the contributions of Ilderton W. Bowman, as his home (pictured in the accompanying link) was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 as part of the Amelia Street Historic District.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Champion Spalding Chase (1820-1898), Champion Bramwell Mann (1844-1929), Champion Israel Hutchinson (1815-1884)

                 From "Omaha Illustrated: A History of the Pioneer Period and the Omaha of Today."

   Anyone sporting an illustrious sounding name like "Champion" can be considered to possess a truly strange name, and in the case of today's honorees (Champion S. Chase, Champion B. Mann and Champion I. Hutchinson) their unusual first names carried them into success in the realm of public service, with all three being elected as mayors of large cities in their respective states (Chase being Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, Mann Mayor of Olympia, Washington and Hutchinson Mayor of Sacramento, California.)
     A native of New Hampshire, Champion Spalding Chase's birth occurred in the town of Cornish on March 20, 1820, the son of Clement Chase (1776-1867) and his second wife, Plainfield, New Hampshire native Olive Spalding (1790-1823). Bestowed the unusual name "Champion Spalding" in honor of his maternal grandfather, Chase's early education took place in the town of his birth, and he would later attend the Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire. During his adolescence he taught school during the winter months in Cornish and around 1840 removed to New York to continue teaching.
   From 1841-1842 Chase taught at the Academy at Amsterdam, New York and in 1843 relocated to Otsego County to serve as vice principal of the West Hartwick Seminary. Chase continued to reside in New York through the remainder of the 1840s and would enter into the study of law in Buffalo. Admitted to the bar in 1848 at Canandaigua, he would pull up stakes and move to Racine, Wisconsin around 1849. He married in Racine in 1849 to Mary Sophronia Butterfield (1827-1882) and later had one son, Clement, who would become a prominent Omaha based newspaper publisher.
   Within a few years of his Wisconsin resettlement Champion S. Chase had branched out from his law practice into politics, serving as part of the Wisconsin delegation to the first ever Republican Nation Convention in 1856. In November of year he was elected to represent Racine in the State Senate, and following his two year term here was selected as District Attorney for Wisconsin's 2nd judicial district in 1859. His term in this office ended in 1861 and in the following year received the appointment as a paymaster in the Union Army, mainly due to the influence of his famous cousin, then Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873). 
   Although he was past forty years of age, Champion Chase's time in the Union Army saw him attain the rank of Major of Calvary, and the 1894 "Genealogy of Champion Spalding Chase" notes that he "was at the sieges of Knoxville, Mobile and Vicksburg and entered the latter city upon its surrender, with General Grant's staff, July 4, 1863."  In the latter period of the war he would be headquartered in New Orleans, and would also receive a commission as Lieutenant Colonel from President Andrew Johnson in late 1865. 
   Chase would be honorably discharged from service in January 1866 and later that year visited Omaha, Nebraska for the first time. He would resettle here permanently in 1867 and after Nebraska was admitted as the 37th state that year was elected as the new state's first Attorney General. He would serve in this capacity until 1869, whereafter he was appointed as a regent for the University of Nebraska, holding his seat until 1875. In addition to these posts Chase was also one of the original incorporators of the Omaha Street Railway Co., which came into being in 1867.

                                                                         Portrait courtesy of
   A year prior to his leaving the Board of Regents Champion Chase was elected as Mayor of Omaha, and in 1875 was elected for another term of two years. He would be returned to the mayors office for two further terms (1879-1881 and 1883-1884) and during his time in office was recorded as having "favored extensive public improvements", and in 1876:
"He outlined to the City Council a plan of public improvements for the city, including parks and boulevards, and a system of waterworks, of both direct and gravitation power, all of which, with the necessary permanent street improvements, have been carried out or are in course of construction."
    While civic improvements to Omaha were of concern during Chase's administration(s), there were other matters that would later cast a slight tinge on his mayoralty. During the wild and woolly days of 1870s Omaha, "cheap theaters", saloons and gambling were rampant, and those engaging in such businesses were the for the most given a free pass by Mayor Chase, who was memorably described in Edward Morearty's "Omaha Memories" as a "genial whole souled man, but very pompous and determined in having his own way." 
    During his final term in office in 1884 impeachment proceedings were leveled against Chase, and on June 30, 1884 he was removed from office by a vote of the city council due to allegations of "drunkenness, incompetence by reasons of drunkenness, derangement of the nervous system and neglect of duty." Despite being put out of office in such an abrupt fashion, Chase gained some measure of closure in 1887 when he launched "quo warrento proceedings" in the Omaha district court, alleging that he had been illegally removed from office, as well as having been deprived of his mayor's salary. A jury would later render a verdict in his favor, with the salary involved being recorded as "nearly one thousand dollars."
   Following his ouster Champion Chase continued to serve Omaha in a number of other capacities,  including being a past commander of the U.S. Grant Post of the G.A.R. in 1891 as well as an organizer of the Omaha Real Estate Owner's Association and president of the Nebraska State Humane Society. In the mid 1890s he gained further distinction when he was selected as the chairman of the International Pan-Republic Congress on Plan and Scope. In one of his last acts of public service Chase was appointed as Collector of Customs for the Port of Omaha, and died in office on November 3, 1898 at age 78. He had been widowed in 1882 and following his death was interred alongside his wife Mary at the Prospect Hills Cemetery in Omaha.

Champion S. Chase in old age, from "The Spirit of '76", Vol. 5, 1898-1899.

 Champion Bramwell Mann, from the Druggist's Circular, Vol. 51, 1907.

    An Olympia, Washington based druggist and merchant for over four decades, Champion Bramwell Mann was a native son of Pennsylvania, being born in Crawford County on November 2, 1844, the son of Methodist minister Sylvester Hill and Anne Whipple Mann.  The Mann family would leave Pennsylvania and relocate to Salem, Oregon in 1864, where Champion would attend Willamette University. He would graduate from the Portland Business College in the late 1860s and in 1870 moved to Olympia, where he would reside for the remainder of his life.
   In March 1870 Mann saw his father sworn in as Oregon Territorial Librarian, but his term in office would prove to be short-lived. In August of that year the Rev. Mann was called to religious work in an another area and had to resign, and shortly after this his twenty-five year old son was appointed to succeed him. Champion B. Mann's tenure as territorial librarian lasted for four months, as he left office in November of 1870, whereafter he taught school in Olympia for several years.
   During the early 1870s Mann became a partner in the druggist firm of Mann and Willard with local physician Rufus Willard. In 1873 he would buy out Mr. Willard and continue in business alone. He would remain in operation for nearly four decades, and was even bestowed the title "dean of Washington druggists" in the 1907 "Druggist's Circular." On December 16, 1873 Mann married in Olympia to Evangeline St. Clare Brewer (1855-1934), with whom he would have six children: Avis Sparks (1875-1948), Helen Whipple (born 1878), Ida Scott (1880-1902), Claude Brewer (1882-1929), Anna Viola (born 1884) and Gladys Margaret (born 1891.)
   While still active as a druggist Mann began seeking local political office in Olympia in the latter period of the 19th century. He would serve as Thurston County treasurer for a period of eight years and later was Olympia city treasurer for two years. In 1893 he was elected as Mayor of Olympia and served one term, 1894-95. Following his brief stint as mayor Mann returned to his business and in 1909 turned his attention from pharmaceuticals to the"seed and paint trade". Mann would return to political life in 1909 when became chairman of the Thurston County Board of Commissioners, serving here until 1911. 
   Champion B. Mann died shortly before his 85th birthday on October 19, 1929, and, in a strange twist, his son Claude Brewer died on the very same day at age 47 in Montana. Both Mann and his son were interred at the Odd Fellows Memorial Park and Mausoleum.

A death notice for Hutchinson from "The Chronicle" Volume 34, 1884.

   Arguably the most obscure of the three men profiled today, Champion Israel Hutchinson served as Mayor of California's capitol city for one term  beginning in 1851. Despite his prominence in California business and politics in the mid 19th century he is little remembered today, and, coupled with the tiny amount of information available on his life and mayoralty,  Mr. Hutchinson is also a "faceless" politician, with no photographs of him being available to post at this time.
   Born in Gilead, Connecticut on December 9, 1815, Champion Israel Hutchinson (or C.I. Hutchinson as most sources list him) was the son of Israel and Mary Warner Hutchinson. Little is known of his early life or education, although it is recorded that he resided in a number of different states prior to his removal to California, including Maine, Georgia and Wisconsin. During his time in the latter state Hutchinson is known to have engaged in merchandising in the town of Southport, and is noted by his Sacramento Daily Union obituary as having built "the first pier extending out into Michigan." 
   Hutchinson married in 1844 to Catherine Hatch, later having five children. In 1848 he entered into politics for the first time, serving as part of the Wisconsin delegation to the Democratic National Convention which nominated Zachary Taylor for the Presidency. He would also serve as a U.S. Marshal for Wisconsin, and in 1850 he began a long journey to California, joining a party which left Council Bluffs, Iowa for Sacramento. Their trek was accomplished in 117 days, and once at his destination was confronted by a cholera epidemic then sweeping the city. Hutchinson would soon begin to establish his name in his new locale, being the proprietor of the general store/mercantile firm Hutchinson, Green and Co. The cholera epidemic would claim the life of his business partner (a Capt. Green) and following his death became "active in promoting water works" in the city, and was eventually elected to the Sacramento city council.
   In the year following his election as a councilman Hutchinson was elected as Sacramento's mayor, being the sixth man to occupy the post. Shortly after his election a large fire swept through the city, claiming numerous lives as well as destroying a good portion of the city's business district. The Sacramento Daily Union notes that Hutchinson's home was spared by the fire, and "he at once kept open house herein for all in distress." 
   Hutchinson left office in 1853 and in that year took ownership of a large farm/ranch located in Yolo County. In 1863 he relocated to San Francisco, where he would continue to be active in business concerns for several more years, being a partner in the insurance firm of Hutchinson and MannChampion I. Hutchinson died  on September 22, 1884 at age 78 and was later buried at Colma, California's Woodlawn Memorial Park. He was subsequently memorialized in the Sacremento Daily Union as:
"Having died with his harness on. A man with many friends, few enemies and a fame free from scandal or misdeed. His example is a legacy to the commonwealth."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Peregrine Lethbury Wickes (1837-1923)

                                                    Portrait courtesy of the Archives of Maryland website.

    A distinguished member of  both the Pennsylvania and Maryland bar, Peregrine Lethbury Wickes served as a district court judge in Pennsylvania and in the latter period of his life was elected as a Judge on the Baltimore City Supreme Bench, serving here until his retirement. Born on August 13, 1837 in Chestertown, Maryland, Peregrine L. "Pere" Wickes was one of seven children born to Joseph Wickes IV (1788-1864) and his wife, the former Elizabeth Caroline Chambers (1799-1872). Wickes' higher education took place at the Washington College in Chestertown and he would later attend Princeton University, earning both his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Arts degree from this institution.
   From 1858 to 1859 Wickes studied law with prominent Baltimore attorney Severn Teackle Wallis (1816-1894), who would later serve in the Maryland House of Delegates. Wickes was admitted to the state bar in 1859 and shortly thereafter established a law practice in Chestertown. He married in February 1862 to York County, Pennsylvania native Henrietta Catherine Welsh (born 1841) and the couple would become parents to eight children, listed as follows in order of birth: Joseph Lee (born 1862), Benjamin Chambers (born ca. 1863), Henry Welsh, Katherine, Peregrine Lethbury (died in infancy in 1868), Peregrine Lethbury Jr. (1873-1948), Henrietta Elizabeth and Dr. Walter Forman (1877-1960). 
    After several years of practice in his hometown Wickes removed to his wife's home county of York, Pennsylvania in 1866. He began a new law practice here and later served as an attorney for the Northern Central and Pennsylvania Railroad. He continued to enjoy a successful career as an attorney for the next several years, and in 1875 was elected as an additional law Judge for Pennsylvania's 19th Judicial district. Wickes' time as an additional law judge ended in 1882, when he received the appointment as president judge of the 19th judicial district, holding his seat until his resignation in 1886. 
   Following his resignation Wickes removed back to Baltimore with his family and soon recommenced with the practice of law. In 1890 he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City and in the following year was elected to a term of his own. He would continue to serve on the court until reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 1907, and resigned that year.
   After retiring from legal practice Wickes remained active in several fraternal clubs, including the Maryland Club of Baltimore and the Casino and Yacht Clubs of Jamestown, Rhode Island. Peregrine L. Wickes died at age 86 on October 27, 1923 of heart failure at his Baltimore home. A burial location for Wickes is unknown at this time, and is presumed to be somewhere in Baltimore, where he had resided for the last three decades of his life. The spelling of Wickes' middle name is also under scrutiny, being given by various sources as "Lethbury", "Lithbury", Lethrbury and Leatherbury.

Peregrine L. Wickes, from "The Book of Maryland" 1920.

Pere L. Wickes' obituary from the Chestertown Transcript, November 3, 1923.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Starr Wenzel Gruner (1878-1951)

From the Coldwater Pictorial City Directory, 1927.

   A one term Mayor of Coldwater, Michigan, Starr Wenzel Gruner is also one of the first veterans of the Spanish-American War to warrant a profile here on the site, as he saw action in Cuba in July of 1898. After relocating to California in the mid 1920s Gruner continued to be active in various aspects of public life, being the operator of a clothing store as well as being member of the Santa Barbara City Council.
    The son of German immigrants, Starr Wenzel Gruner was born in Coldwater on August 30, 1878, being one of seven children born to Wenzel and Emily Randall Gruner. Young Starr is noted as having grown up on a farm in Coldwater and would attend the local high school between 1891-1896 and earned his high school diploma. Following his graduation he took an extended visit to Germany, remaining here for about a year. With the dawn of the Spanish American War in 1898 Gruner did his patriotic duty and signed on for service in the Thirty-Third Michigan Infantry. He was deployed to Cuba and participated in the Battle of Acquadores and Battle of Santiago.
   After being mustered out of service at Owosso, Michigan, Gruner returned to his home in Coldwater and on June 1, 1899 married there to Ms. Lena Teachout, and the couple are recorded as being childless throughout the duration of their marriage. For a good majority of his life Starr Gruner worked at farming in Coldwater, being the proprietor of an eighty acre farm on land which had been "cleared by his father."Gruner was also a partner in the Coldwater based haberdashery of Sloman and Gruner beginning in 1912. In addition to business and farming Gruner was a Captain General in the Jacob's Commandery, No. 10 of the Knights Templar.
   In April 1918 Starr W. Gruner won election as the Mayor of Coldwater, defeating Democratic nominee Rev. S.W.L. Scott. He would be returned to the Mayors office in the election of 1920 and served until the experation of his term in 1921. A few years later he left the clothier business and removed to Santa Barbara, California in 1925, the basis for his removal being the result of a "messy divorce".
   Once settled, Gruner began to establish his name in the Santa Barbara business community. He would start up another clothing business in this city and also took an active role in the local American Legion chapter, serving as post treasurer. He would also  make a return to politics in 1927, being elected as a member of the Santa Barbara City Council. Gruner was also noted as a keen genealogist, even going as far as to trace his family lineage back over four hundred years. 
  Starr Gruner died of a stroke at the Los Angeles Veteran's Hospital on August 17, 1951, two weeks short of his 73rd birthday. He had been preceded in death by his second wife Miriam in April 1935 and both were interred at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. In an interesting twist, this cemetery also happens to be the resting place of former Santa Barbara mayor Clio Lowell Lloyd, who was profiled here back on March 4th of this year.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Moyne LeClerque Kelly (1901-1988)

Portrait courtesy of the Texas Legislative Reference Library.

   Hailing from the county of Dickens in Texas, Moyne LeClerque Kelly served two sessions in the Texas State Legislature, being elected as a representative from Dickens County. Both prior to and after his time in state government Kelly earned distinction as a principal and superintendent of schools in both Arkansas and Texas, retiring from his duties in June of 1970.
   Born in Norwood, Pulaski County, Missouri on October 29, 1901, Moyne LeClerque Kelly  was the son of John Hazard and Rhoda Garetta Kline Kelly. A graduate of the Corsicana, Texas High School in the class of 1919, Kelly was employed as an oil field worker by the Gulf Production Co. and married his high school sweetheart Helen Marguerite Jones (1902-1991) in December 1919. The couple would later have two daughters, Helen Juanita (born 1925) and Betty Lou (born 1934). During the early 1920s both Kelly and his wife would be employed by the Methodist Home at Waco, Texas. The couple would remain here for twelve years, with Moyne serving as the manager of the Home's dairy farm and broom factory, as well as being the principal of the Home's Grammar School.
  In 1932 Kelly and his family removed from Waco to Arkansas, where he would teach at a "rural school" in the town of Londale. The Kelly's would remove back to Texas in 1933, and after settling in Crosby County Moyne returned to education, serving as the principal of the Leatherwood School from 1934-36. He and his family would move once again in 1936, this time to Lubbock County, Texas. Here Moyne would assume the superintendency of the Roosevelt Consolidated School, and after a two year term (1935-38), resettled in Afton, Texas, where in 1941 he would take on the position of superintendent of the Patton Springs School.

              Moyne Kelly as principle of the Leatherwood School, from the History of Crosby County, 1876-1977. 

    In 1944 Moyne L. Kelly was named as Superintendent of the State Home at Corsicana,Texas, serving in this capacity until 1949. Two years later he was selected to be the Executive Director of the Texas Board of Hospitals and Special Schools, and after two years in this office relocated to the city Kerrville to accept the position of superintendent of schools. He and his family returned to Afton, Texas in 1952 and for the next two years would teach school at Patton Springs. In January 1955 Kelly became a candidate in a special election for the Texas State House of Representatives to succeed David Ratliff, who had resigned a few weeks previously, and after winning the election was sworn in on January 8.
  During his first term in the legislature (1955-1957) Kelly held a seat on the committees on Congressional and Legislative Districts, Constitutional Amendments, Municipal and Private Corporations and State Hospitals and Special Schools. He was a successful candidate for reelection in November 1956, and an election notice for him (shown below) appeared a few months prior to his victory. In this notice Kelly intoned that: 
"The matter of passing laws or instituting legislation takes on many forms, if all the people are represented. Laws are passed to protect, to improve, to establish, to prevent; to remove; to alleviate, to inaugurate, to restrain and to help the greatest number of people in the Big State of Texas. If a legislator keeps these things in mind during his deliberations, he cannot be far from right when action is taken on legislative matter."
A Kelly reelection notice from the Aspermont Star, July 26, 1956.

    At the start of his second term in January 1957 Kelly was named to the committees on Agriculture, Judicial Districts, Livestock-Stock Raising and Penitentiaries. He also continued service on the State Hospitals and Special Schools committee during the 1957-59 term, serving as its chairman.
   Following his time in state government Kelly returned to teaching and in 1968 was once again named as Superintendent of Schools for Patton Springs. He retired from that office in 1970 and died on April 11, 1988 at El Campo, Texas. The 86-year-old retired legislator and teacher was survived by his wife Helen and both his daughters. Following her death at age 89 in 1991 Helen Jones Kelly was interred alongside her husband at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in El Campo. 
  In an aside note, there seems to be some confusion as to the selling of Moyne L. Kelly's middle name, with sources giving it's spelling as both LeClerque and Lexlerque. The name is further complicated by Kelly's gravestone in El Campo, which records it as Lee. As the International Genealogical Index gives the name as "LeClerque", it is that spelling that is given in the title to his profile here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Allerton Cushman Kibbe (1874-1956)

From Taylor's Legislative Souvenir of Connecticut, 1903.

    A return to Connecticut today to profile Allerton Cushman Kibbe, a one term member of the Connecticut General Assembly from the town of Ellington. The son of Horatio and Alice Phelps Kibbe, Allerton C. Kibbe was born in Ellington on January 12, 1874. As a youth he was the recipient of an "excellent education" in the Ellington public school system and later at a private school in Somers, Connecticut. Kibbe would also attend the Huntsinger's Business College located in Hartford. He married Mary Winifred Dimock (1877-1964) in January 1900 and later had a total of nine children: Ellen (born November 1900), Harriette, Robert Cushman, Mary Allerton (1902-1966), Wallace Dimock (1911-1956), Dorothy Lucia (1917-1952), Eunice Elizabeth, Richard Owen and William Bradford. 
   Though the majority of his life was spent engaged in farming in Ellington, Allerton Kibbe was also active in Ellington political affairs, serving as school board member and town auditor , entering into the latter office in 1899. In addition these offices, Kibbe also dabbled in various business concerns in the area, becoming the director of the Ellington Creamery Co. beginning in 1900. In November 1902 he was elected as a Democrat to the Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ellington and served during the 1903-05 session. Following his time in the legislature Kibbe returned to private life in Ellington and would be elected as a member of the town school committee in 1922.
  Allerton Kibbe died three days following his 82nd birthday on January 15, 1956. He was survived by his wife Mary and both were interred at the Ellington Center Cemetery. Their daughter Lucia was also interred there following her death in 1952.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Megginson Hall (1842-1907)

Portrait from the Legislative Manual of the State of Indiana, 1903.

   The life and career of oddly named Indiana state representative Megginson Hall is highlighted today, and although a resident of the Hoosier State for nearly his entire life, he wasn't born a native of the United States. Born in Newbegin, London, England on December 12, 1842, Megginson Hall was a son of William G. and Elizabeth Brigham Hall. The Hall family left England in 1843 and after reaching the United States settled in Vigo County, Indiana. Here young Megginson would have an education "limited to the common school" and during the Civil War enlisted in Co. B. of the 54th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. His time in this regiment extended three months and would see action at the Battle at Red River in August 1862.
   Hall married on June 9, 1868 to Nancy Marie Huffman. The couple would later have one daughter, Myrtha, born in March 1869. A farmer by occupation, Megginson Hall would operate a "fine improved farm containing 112 acres" in Riley Township during the 1880s and would later reside in the nearby city of Terre Haute. He would serve as a member of the advisory board for Riley Township and was also a member if the Board of Directors of the Terre Haute Trust Company until his death in 1907.  
   In November 1902 the citizens of Vigo County elected Hall as one of their representatives to the Indiana General Assembly, winning the election with 7, 828 votes. Taking his seat at the start of 1903-05 term, Hall sat on the committees on Ways and Means, Education, Swamp Lands, Agriculture and the Soldier's Monument. Little else is known of Hall's life after he left the legislature. He died two years after the completion of his term on September 3, 1907 at age 64. His wife Nancy had predeceased him in October 1906 and both were interred at the Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute following their deaths.