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McKensie McLain

Obituary of R. P. McLain, Lebanon, Tennessee.

Capt. R. P. McClain passed away on December 5 at his home, in Lebanon, Tenn., aged seventy-seven years. He was born and reared in Wilson County. He was a graduate of both literary and law departments of Cumberland University and engaged in the practice of law. He was also clerk and master for his town and county court clerk for sixteen years. He represented Wilson County in the legislature and had served as special judge of the chancery and circuit courts. He was a trustee of Cumberland University and for sixteen years president of the board of directors of the Lebanon public schools. Captain McLain was Sunday school superintendent for over forty years, was president of the board of stewards, and was chairman of the joint board of finance of the Tennessee Conference for a like period.

At the beginning of the war Captain McClain volunteered in Company H, 7th Tennessee Regiment, and was made quartermaster sergeant, then quartermaster of the 7th Tennessee Regiment; afterwards he was made brigade quartermaster. At the close of the war he was paymaster-general for A. P. Hill's corps. Captain McClain was always interested in anything that affected his old comrades. He was Adjutant of the A. G. Shepherd Camp, attending all the Confederate Reunions, and he was an honorary member of the Lebanon Chapter, U. D. C.

Captin McClain married Miss Hester Jefferson McKensie, and together they made the highest type of Christian home until her death, four years ago. He leaves a son and two daughters. The members of the A. G. Shepherd Camp of Confederate Veterans acted as honoroary pallbearers, and acting with them were the Daughters of the Confederacy of Lebanon Chapter and the stewards of the Methodist Church.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1915.

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