P. B. MAYFIELD, a prominent attorney of Cleveland, was born March 27, 1832, in McMinn fracton of Polk County. He is a son of P. B. and Nancy (McJUNKIN) MAYFIELD. Both parents were born, raised and married in South Carolina. They moved to Hiwasee purchase about the time it was opened. Their family consisted of nine sons and one daughter, of whom five are living, all farmers but our subject. The father died in 1832, and the mother in 1858. Our subject received his early education in the common schools, and finished at Hiwassee College, teaching and attending school alternately. In 1855 he began the study of law under Judge G. W. ROWELS, and two years later was admitted to the bar. He practiced at Benton, Polk County, until 1867, and then came to Cleveland. He entered into a partnership with John B. HOYL, which was continued until 1870, when Mr. HOYL was made judge. Our subject has been on the supreme bench, and filled minor positions by appointment. In 1858 he represented Polk, McMinn, and Meigs Counties in the General Assembly. He is now, and for several years has been, president of the school board of Cleveland. He is a director of the Cleveland National Bank, and Bank of Charleston, and attorney for the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad. He is considered the most able lawyer in Cleveland. In connection with his profession he is interested in agricultural pursuits, and is a Master Mason. In 1861 he married Miss E. C. McCONNELL, of Polk County. Five sons and two daughters have been born to their union. James E., the eldest son, is a graduate of the Lebanon Law School, and his father's partner.
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