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Historical Markers of Shelby County

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Josiah T. Settle 1850-1915

After a noted legal and legislative career in Mississippi, Settle came to Memphis in 1885. During the late 1880's he served as Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Court of Shelby County, an appointment unprecedented for an African-American at the time. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1892, 1900, 1904, and 1912. In 1906, Settle was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.