Andrew J. FLETCHER, circuit court clerk of Bradley County, was born March 11, 1861, in Greene County. He is the eldest of the two sons and three daughters born to Andrew J. and Emma (HICKEY) FLETCHER, both natives of East Tennessee. The father was an eminent lawyer. He was State senator two or three terms, and speaker of the Senate one term. During the administration of BROWNLOW, and till 1870, he was Secretary of State. He died in 1870. His first marriage was with Miss Catherine SMITH, by whom he had one son and three daughters. His second wife, and mother of our subject is still living. Andrew J. FLETCHER was rasied on a farm, with but meager educational advantages. At the age of twenty-one he began teaching school and studying law. He was admitted to the bar in 1885, and the following year was elected to his present position. He is a stanch Republican, universally known and highly respected, and is the youngest man ever elected to a county office in Bradley County, defeating two of the most popular men in the county in the Republican nominating convention: M. R. M. BURKE, superintendent of public instruction, and R. W. LeWIDGE, who had been circuit court clerk for eight years previous.
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