This is the eighth article in the genealogy project “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.” This week’s theme is “Good deeds.”
John Fagan Everitt is a paternal third great-grandfather. He led an active and adventurous life as a journalist and newspaper publisher, mercantile owner, war hero, mayor, legislator, member of the Electoral College, judge, husband, and father. When he died in Mobile, Ala. in 1842 at age 59, many of his contemporaries talked about his good deeds and they were mentioned in his obituary.
“The History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama biography, Vol. 3,” has an entry about Everitt and his life. The book quotes a contemporary of Everitt’s stating upon his death that John Fagan Everitt “…could not tolerate the least tendency toward an untruth, and was of the strictest integrity.” He went on to say Judge Everitt had “hardy common-sense and love of justice.”
His obituary stated that he was “…when in health, among the most active and popular of our citizens. He was a man of energy and capacity, strong mind and strong feelings, and filled a large space among us for many years.”
Several days after his death, the “Mobile Register” ran an article about the Mobile Bar Association’s resolution to honor Judge Everitt. The article stated the association’s members were “anxious to express their sense of loss which the community has sustained….as well as their sorrow at the death of an individual with whom they have for a long time enjoyed a personal and professional intercourse highly satisfactory to them and distinguished by the most honorable characteristics on the part of the deceased…”
The group adopted a resolution that honored Judge Everitt “for a firm and impartial discharge of the duties of his station, acuteness and correctness in his decisions, and honorable and courteous deportments.”
The group concluded the resolution by agreeing to wear a badge of mourning on the left arm for 30 days “as a token of respect to his memory.” Today, there is a Everett Street in Mobile, Ala. in his honor.
John Fagan Everitt spent his life as a man of integrity who used his position in society to enact good deeds in the name of justice.
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