F. H. Dallam

by Edmund Starling, 1886


He came to Henderson in 1852, and engaged in the practice of law. He was a profound lawyer and exceptionably successful. I can pay him no higher tribute than be producing what was said of him some years ago by one who knew him intimately:

"When he chose--as he sometimes did, to the admiration of his friends--to give wings to his glowing, imaginative powers, his was ever an eagle's flight, impetuous, rushing and heavenward. A superior judge of law, his opinions were always held in the highest estimation. A skillful draughtsman--his declarations, pleas, and other legal papers, were unsurpassed in power, comprehensiveness, beauty and finish. As an advisor, he was much sought; and his opinions were distinguished by acumen and sound judgment, and by a conscientious regard for the interests of his client. But it was in the social circle that Mr. Dallam exhibited his fine powers to the best advantage. Well informed upon all topics of general interest; conversant with the best authors, and singularly discriminative of their peculiar excellence, learned in the lore of the philosophers, and in the spirit and text of the poetry 'for which men strive and die, and maidens love and mourn;' his colloquial powers were of the rarest and best, and charmed all who came within the magic circle of his influence. A geniality of temperament which knew no limit to its benign outgivings; a kindliness of heart which ever sought to palliate the offenses of his friends against propriety and good taste; a disposition willingly to impart to others the selected fruits of his fine cultivation and assured judgment; and a sparkling vivacity of manner which pervaded even his more serious utterances, secured to him at once the affection, the respect, the gratitude and the admiration of those who were thrown into familiar association with him. Of acute sensitiveness, he readily granted to others that which he would not allow to be withheld from himself--the consideration which is due to honest and conscientious expression and action, and the courtesy which dignifies, and is inseparable from true, gentlemanly address and intercourse. Honest, and of a high sense of honor, he 'rendered under Caesar the things that were Caeser's,' and scorned to do aught which would not bear the severest scrutiny and the sternest criticism."to do aught which would not bear the severest scrutiny and the sternest criticism."

Mr. Dallam left a widow and two daughters, Miss Camilla Barbour, who married, June 15th, 1867, Judge A. T. Dudley, and Miss Florence, who married April 7th, 1869 Mr. Samuel J. Alves. Henry Dallam, an only son, is living in Texas, unmarried.

The History of Henderson County, Kentucky by Starling 1887 page 792-93;

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