USGenWeb Archives by: Robert Sanchez http://www.genrecords.net/emailregistry/vols/00027.html#0006574 July 18, 2009,
Author: S. J. Clarke (Publisher, 1922)
John Fletcher, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the common schools and in St. John's College at Little Rock and afterward took up the study of law, pursuing his course in the Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Virginia, from which historic old institution he was graduated in 1871, with the Bachelor of Laws degree. He then returned to Little Rock, where he took up the practice of his profession in the office of his father, who was a member of the law firm of Farr & Fletcher. Soon afterward he became associated in practice with William C. Ratcliffe, under the firm style of Ratcliffe & Fletcher and this connection was maintained during the remainder of his life, the firm building up one of the largest and most important law practices in the state. Mr. Fletcher was for many years ranked with the most prominent members of the Little Rock bar. He belonged to all of the bar associations and for an extended period served on the general council of the American Bar Association. He served as special judge of the circuit, chancery and supreme courts of the state and on one occasion was candidate for the position of justice of the supreme court on the democratic ticket, having been throughout his life an earnest and active supporter of democratic principles.
In March, 1875, Mr. Fletcher was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Moose, a daughter of James M. and Emily (Stockton) Moose. Mrs. Fletcher was born in Morrillton, Conway county, Arkansas, and is a representative of old pioneer families in both the paternal and maternal lines. Her mother, Sophia Emily Stockton, was descended from Richard Stockton, who signed the Declaration of Independence as one of tha delegates from New Jersey. Mary Emily Moose was educated in the public schools and also in the Martha Washington College. By her marriage she became the mother of a son, Thomas, who is operating a plantation in Pulaski county.
Mr. Fletcher was a lifelong member of the Christian church and served as one of its elders from the time he attained manhood until he was called to his final rest in 1911. His life was greatly beneficial to the community in which he lived by reason of his earnest support of all measures for the general good. He was one of the faculty of the law department of the University of Arkansas from its foundation until his death, and was dean of the law department and lecturer on the laws of real property.
Glimpses of Yesterday
by Lucy Marion Reaves
UALR.0167 GLIMPSES OF YESTERDAY
File 7-F : 11- Fletcher, John and Mary Emily Moose
John Fletcher was born March 10, 1849, on Maumelle river, in Pulaski county. He was the son of Thomas Fletcher and Lucinda Beaver Fletcher. His grandfather, Henry L. Fletcher, belonged to one of the old families of Tennessee and was married to Miss Mary Lindsey, a native of Mississippi, in 1814, after
which they settled in Arkansas, then a part of the Louisiana Purchase.
Thomas Fletcher, the eldest son of this pioneer, was a dominant factor in the growth of Little Rock and the state. He became a distinguished lawyer, a member of the law firm of Farr & Fletcher. He twice served as sheriff of Pulaski county from 1858 to 1862 and again from 1866 to 1868. In 1862 he was elected to the state legislature and in 1885 he was appointed United States marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas, holding that position until his death in 1900. He was the brother of John G., H.L., and Jeff Fletcher.
John Fletcher was one of a family of five children. He had one sister, the late Mrs. Nannie Fletcher Miles of Little Rock, and three brothers, H.L., Richard and Caleb, all of whom are now dead. He attended Little Rock public schools and old St. John’s College here and was graduated in 1871 from Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Va., with the Bachelor of Laws degree. He practiced law in Little Rock for 36 years in partnership with the late William C. Ratcliffe. He belonged to all the bar associations and for an extended period served on the general council of the American Bar Association. He served as special judge of the Circuit, Chancery and Supreme courts of the sate. He was one of the faculty of the Law Department of the University of Arkansas and served as dean of the department and lecturer on real property. On March 25, 1875, John Fletcher was married to Miss Mary Emily Moose of Morrilton.
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