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Otho B. Taylor

Physician.  Born Nov. 13, 1885, Knoxville, Tenn; son of James Madison and Helen (Henson) Presnell; married Cloteal Hardy, Mar. 29, 1923; three children, James Henry, born Jan. 4, 1924; Walter Madison, born Sept. 23, 1925; Margaret Louise, Dec. 20, 1928; educ. Normal Dept., Knoxville Coll., Knoxville, Tenn., 1908; B.S., Knoxville Coll., 1910; M.D., Meharry Medical Coll., Nashville, Tenn., 1913; Physician and Surgeon, 1913-present; Specialty in Obstetrics, 1918-present; President, Knoxville Herald, Weekly Newspaper, 1924-present; First Lieut., Medical Section of United States; Chairman, Executive Board, Knoxville Hospital Association; Chmn. and Director, Colored Unit, Community Chest Drive, 1928-present; Chairman and Director, Red Cross Drive; Committeeman, Knoxville Coll. Alumni Gym drive to raise $60,000; Chairman of Committee, Beverly Hills Sanatorium; mem. Trustee Board, Colored Orphanage, Knoxville, Tenn.; mem. Masons; Pythians; Elks; Young Men's Business Club; Knoxville Club; Knoxville Medical Soc.; Knoxville College Alumni Soc.; Athletic Soc.; pol. Republican; relig. Presbyterian; Address, 503 E. Vine Ave.; residence, 609 Butler St., Knoxville, Tenn.  Source: Thomas Yenser, editor, Who's Who in Colored America (Brooklyn, New York: Thomas Yenser, 1942), 502.

Oliver Perry Temple

Temple, Oliver Perry, lawyer, jurist, author, was born Jan. 27, 1820, in Greene county, Tenn.  He was a noted lawyer of Knoxville, Tenn.; and in 1866-78 was chancellor of the second chancery division of Tennessee.  He was the author of The Covenanter; The Cavalier; The Puritan; East Tennessee and the Civil War; and Union Leaders of East Tennessee.  He died Nov. 2, 1907, in Knoxville, Tenn.  Source: Thomas William Herringshaw, editor, Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, volume V (Chicago, Illinois: American Publishers' Association, 1909), 426.

Bettie Humes Tyson

(Mrs. Laurence D. Tyson), 839 Temple Av., Knoxville, Tenn.  Born Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 28, 1865; daughter of Col. Charles McClung and Cornelia Humes (White) McGhee; ed. private schools of Knoxville, Tenn., and at Mrs. Sylvanus Reed's School in N. Y. City; grad. 1882; married Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 10, 1886, Laurence Davis Tyson.  Interested in historical matters; was regent of Bonny Kate Chapter D. A. R. at Knoxville and is both a D. A. R. and Colonial Dame.  Has done much work for civic betterment in community and gained much fame as first pres. of the City Beautiful League of Knoxville, of which is still president.  Largely through her efforts Knoxville, Tenn., is now one of the model cities of U. S. in civic betterment.  Was elected pres. at mass meeting of an organization to erect first Woman's Club building in the South, and continued in this position during the entire life of this organization (10 years), during which time the Woman's Board was an important factor in club and social life of Knoxville.  Was editor in chief of first woman's edition of a daily newspaper ever brought out in Tenn.  Episcopalian.  Source: John W. Leonard, editor, Woman's Who's Who of America (New York, New York: American Commonwealth Company, 1914), 830.


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