Francis B. Posey

Obituary Death Record Newspaper Clipping, Petersburg Press, Nov 5, 1915, p. 1 | NewspaperArchive® People in this Nov 5, 1915 article: Obituary Death Record Albert, Alvin P. Hovey, Baker, Burnside, D. Q. Chappell, Ely, Emma Brown, F. E. Chappell, F. E. Hearing, F. J. Scholz, Francis B. Posey, Francis Blackburn Posey, Frank Posey, Garfield, Helen, Hovey, John, John Toucher, John W. Posey, Kepley, Methodist E. H. Boldrey, Parrett, Petersburg, Posey, Sarah Blackburn Posey, Sarat Shiras, William Petersburg Press
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FRANCIS B. POSEY DEATH STILLS THE SILVERY YOICE OF THE GREAT ORATOR Hon. Francis B. Posey, one of the belt known men this county ever preiuced, died at his home in the city of Rockport Indiana, at five o'clock last Sunday afternoon. Mr. Posey had suffered for some months from a liver complaint but his illness did not become serious until about two weeks since. Many of his most devoted friends did not know that he was sick and to them the news of his death was a great blow. Mr. Posey, who was a native of this county»-moved to Evansville about twenty years ago to engage in the practice of law, and two years ago, after having served ten years surveyor of the Port at Evansville, he moved to Rockport to engage in the practice of law at that place. Mr. Posey was best known as a republican orator and politician. He was one of the most pleasing and eloquent speakers this state ever produced and ranked among the republican party's ablest men. He was known in every county in this state and in most of the states of the central west. He maintained his interest in politics to the last and until a few days before his death had delivered speeches in Kentucky and had written voluminously for a paper in Owensboro, Kentucky, with which he was connected, in support of the republican state ticket to be voted on at the election of last Tuesday. Francis Blackburn Posey was born in Petersburg, Indiana, on the 28th day of April, 1848, and was the youngest and last surviving of six children born to Dr. John W. Posey and his wife, Sarah Blackburn Posey. Dr. Posey was born in South Carolina and came to Indiana with his parents in 1804. The family located in Knox county, near Vincennes. Dr. Posey came to Pike county in 1330 and engaged in the practice of medicine here until 1855, when he retired. He was a surgeon of marked ability for that time and at the battle of Shiloh in the Rebellion he had charge of a field hospital: he v/as also in charge of the Marine Hospital at Evansville for a few months. However, Dr. Posey’s greatest claim to distinction rests in his championship of the cause of human liberty. He hated slavery and was one of the men most deeply interested in the “Underground Railroad” which helped so many fugitive slaves to escape. He had a number of places in and near Petersburg where he kept runaway slaves concealed until he could send them on their road to Canada. He was recognized as one of the ablest leaders in this movement. Col. Cock rum’s book on the ‘-Underground Railroad” is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Posey and four other leaders. Dr. Posey died August 12th, 1884. His wife, who was a native of Kentucky, died in August, 1851. Previous to the organization of the republican party Dr. Posey was a whig. He served two terms as treasurer of the county and several terms as township trustee. He studied medicine under Dr. Burnside, the father of the Union general of that name. Francis B. Posey was educated in the local schools and later went lo Asbury College, now DePauvv University. completing the sophomore vear there and finished his eduea-cation with a course in law at Indiana University where he graduated in 180. In ls72 he was appointed Lo the office of prosecuting attorney by Governor Baker. Mr. Posey’s great ability as a public speaker.-non hroughthim into prominence in the republican party and there was a demand for his services in every section of the state and from adjoining states. In 1880 he was an elector on the Garfield ticket; in 1882 he was a candidate for state senator from the counties of Pike and Warrick; in 1884 he was a delegate to the republican national convention. In 1888 he was the republican nominee for congress'from the First district and hi3 friends will always believe that he was elected, although the returns showed Judge Parrett, his opponent, had a plurality of about 20 votes. Mr. Posey contested the election, but Parrett was given the seat;. The election was to elect a successor to Alvin P. Hovey, who had been nominated for governor and was elected that ^ year. Hovey was sworn in as governor in January, resigned his seat in congress and a special election was held to fill the. unexpirei term. Posey and Parrett were the nominees and Posey was elected by over 1,300 plurality. In the state convention of 1896 Col. Posey was a candidate for the republican gubernatorial nomination .and received a splendid vote. There were five or six candidates and Posey was in the lead on the first two or three ballots. He would Jiave been nominated except for the fact that F. J. Scholz, from Posey's own city, was a candidate for renomination to the office of state treasurer and that the nomination was conceded to him as a matter of precedent and it was considered unwise to give two of the best offices on the ticket to EvansviHe. Mr. Posey was again a candidate for the gubernatorial nomination in 1900, but the prize went to another. At the time of Albert J. Beveridge’s first election to the U. S. Senate Col. Posey was a leading candidate and came nearer being elected to the office than most people realized. About 12 years ago Col. Posey was appointed Surveyor of the Port at Evansville and held the office until after the election of 1912. owned and edited for a short time. Later he was editor of The Standard, a daily paper published for a short time at Evansville some years since. On the 17th day of January, 1878, he married Miss Emma Brown and to this union four children were born, all of whom are living, as follows; Helen, John, Myrtle and Mrs. Sarat Shiras. Mrs. Posey also survive.: her husband. He looked at the world through an optimist’s glasses and to him the future was always bright. His sunny disposition and big heart made him a world of friends. To such an extent is this true that it has been said Frank Posey knew more people than any other man in Indiana. He loved children and was loved by them. His friends never tired of supporting him and defeat only urged them on to greater effort in other contests. They were always for him not because of any selfish hope of profiting by his success but because they appreciated the man’s real qualities, loved him for them, and to see his services to his party fittingly recognized was all the reward they asked. The man with power, with offices and favors to distribute, has friends, such as they are, but the test of friendship comes when he stands before the world * VHth nothing but his individuality to recommend him. Mr. Posey stood this test. When he was without office or influence his friends were as numerous and just as devoted as at the height of his career. He was an omniverous reader; he read on every conceivable subject about which anything had been I i j u lt; i ( 1 I s i — v ^ r When he retired from that he j written. He had a most remarkable i I I I I went to Rockport, a place that he had always loved, and with his son, John, formed a partnership in the practice of law with Mr. F. E. Hearing, the firm name being Posey, Hewing and Posey. Col. Posey was educated for the law, and was a lawyer of marked ability, but it was as an orator that he was best known. When he practiced la\v in Petersburg he was employed in practically all the great trials here. He was in partnership memory and things he had read many years ago found lodgment in some nook or cranny of his wonderful mind and had a habit of coming back to him when needed. He was a charming conversationalist and his friends never tired of listening to him While he had been away from Petersburg for over twenty years, our people never ceased to regard him as “homejf folks.” He was born, grew to manhood and attained hi c k at different times with the late j Spates t powei while a resident of Judge Ely, J. W. Wilson. D. Q. j this town and Petersburg always happell, F. E. Chappell and others, j that he still oelonged to her. It *■ i V- When he went to Evansville he ! proper, therefore, his life work formed a partnership with Judge j done, tbat his bod he brougnt to I I Mattisonand later D. Q. Chappell the place he loved and which loved 1 1 l i ) .... i. . .. . 4. « . M L n I -A- r. was taken into the firm. After the dissolution of this firm Col. Posey was in partnership at various times with other Evansville lawyers, generally young men. He practically abandoned the practice of law when he accepted the position of Surveyor of the Port. him dearly, there to rest until the dav of resurrection. The funeral service was held at the Methodist church here at 10:30 o’clock Wednesday morning in the presence of a large congregation. The remains were brought here Tuesday evening and lay in state in J I Col. Posey was also well known as j the church from 8:20 until 10:30 a lecturer and was in great demand Wednesday morning and were by religious bodies. He had a lec- • viewed by hundreds of friends. The UUe entitled “Why God Don’t Kill j funeral discourse, one of the ablest the Devil’, which was extremely i ever heard here, was delivered by popular. His last appearance as aj the Rev. John Toucher, who was in A r * * - i lecturer was at Canneiton a few college with Mr. Posey at Green-Sunday evenings since when he de- j castle. He was assisted by the Re\. livered this lecture in the Methodist E. H. Boldrey of the local church. church of that city. While living in Evansville Col. Posey became greatly interested in the movement for the canalization of the Ohio River. He was probably the best informed man in the state on all matters pertaining to The floral tributes were many and extremely beautiful. The exercises at the cemetery were under the direction of the local Masonic order. I I Although November is here flowers are blooming profusely, honey this subject and always attended the i suckle vines are laden with biossoms, meetings of the Ohio Valley Ini-1 late planted watermelons are deli-provement Association where he j eious, tomatoes are ripening and late was generally on the program for ! planted beans are yet being harvest- an address at those mee tings. Like all men gifted with imagna-tion he had an abiding interest in nature and for him her beauties and wonderful works had an inexpressi ed. Only a few light frosts have fa! Ion this fail. Alfalfa is rank, and i ready for the fourth cutting. Ev- J F F V erywhere the farmers are shucking 15; their corn, and in some fields the|J bie charm. He conducted many ex- corn is averaging 1P0 bushels tu leriments in gardening and floncul- j * . . . i1 i I.. 11 ^ lure. : ne of which was growing oiants under ground in an aban-* * - doned mine, the light being furnished bv electricity. V * He was a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias l ne be- acre. While condderabie corn i ing cribbed, thousands of bushels are being sold and shipped. Dry corn is selling for forty-three cents a bushel, while sappy corn is selling for 40 cents. The crop is the iarg-gest in years. c t v and Elks orders, all of which, except am| Mrs. William Kepley and the latter, he joined at Petersburg. I ^un. ,r Philadelphia, were the t i i • i • . i • i f ....... r... 1 « ^ » « In addition to his other varied ac- j guests of friends and relatives here tivities, Col. Posey had had expen-: Monday, Mr. Kepley is employed enee in the newspaper business and; in the navy department and is doing in fact at the time of his death was | well. His many friends here were the editorial writer for a republican j g-Jad to see him. Ho has been paper at Owonsboro, Ky. His first tor about seven years, experience, however, was as editor irone You can buy a High-grade Piano of The Pntersburg Press, which he 0f Brenton Harris. ad v ti t: c u ti si a e n;