J. H. GAUT, the oldest attorney in Cleveland, was born in McMinn County November 25, 1824. He is a son of James and Rozamond (IRWIN) GAUT. The parents were born and married in East Tennessee. The father was a farmer; he died in 1875, at the age of eighty-eight. The mother died in 1869, in her seventy-sixth year. Nine children were born to them, of whom only John C., a prominent lawyer and citizen of Nashville, and our subject are living. The subject of this sketch received his early education in the old field schools, after which he entered the East Tennessee University, teaching and attending school in turn. He then read law under his brother's guidance, and in 1849 was admitted to the bar. For thirty-seven years he has had an extensive practice, and served on the supreme bench, by appointment of Gov. HAWKINS. In 1865-66 he was a representative in the General Assembly of Tennessee, and in 1885-86 a senator in same. In 1886 he was candidate for chancellor in the third chancery division of Tennessee, and was defeated by only 225 votes. Our subject is in his sixty-second year, but retains all the vigor and brilliancy of his early days. In 1849 he married Miss Sarah E. ISBELL, who died in 1864. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and mother of three sons, all living. In 1866 our subject married Ella A., daughter of Judge LUCKY. To this second union two sons and four daughters were born. Mr. GAUT is an active and esteemed member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
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