John Overton (judge)
|Superior Court Judge|
|Preceded by||Andrew Jackson|
April 9, 1766|
Louisa County, Virginia
|Died||April 12, 1833
|Spouse(s)||Mary McConnell White|
|Profession||Judge, lawyer, banker|
Early life and education
Overton was born on April 9, 1766 in Louisa County, Virginia. His parents were James Overton and Mary Waller; his father was a great-grandson of Robert Overton, the Parliamentarian military commander during the English Civil War (and friend of Marvell and Milton).
In 1787, he began his law career and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1789, to practice law at the Davidson County court. He was elected to succeed his friend Andrew Jackson as a member of the Superior Court of Tennessee in 1804, where he served as a judge until 1810. His elder brother Thomas Overton served as Jackson's second in his duel with Charles Dickinson. In 1819, he founded Memphis, Tennessee on land he owned with Andrew Jackson and James Winchester.
Later life and death
He died April 12, 1833 at Travellers Rest, his Nashville home.
The nearby John Overton Comprehensive High School, located just across the railroad tracks that abut the property, is named in his honor.
Overton Park in midtown of Memphis was named after John Overton.
Richard Arvine Overton (born 1906), the oldest living World War II veteran, is his great-great-grandson. Currently (November 2015), Karl Burrows, of Beacon Technology Solutions, and his family are living descendants of Overton.
Other living direct descendants include the Overton family in Nashville who live very close to Travellers Rest. Perkins Baxter Overton grew up playing on the Travelers rest grounds and is the great great great grandson of Judge John. His son Thomas Perkins Overton also has a son named John Overton.
- "TN Encyclopedia: John Overton". The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- "John Overton". MemphisHistory.org. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- Samuel G. Heiskell, Andrew Jackson and Early Tennessee History (Nashville: Ambrose Publishing Company, 1918), p. 53.
- "Memphis History and Facts". Memphis Public Library. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- American Antiquarian Society Members Directory