Thomas: The inventiveness of Judge Michael M. Allison

Circuit Judge Michael M. Allison

Michael Morrison Allison was born in Rising Fawn, Dade County, Georgia, on July 10, 1865, into a family of eight. Mike, as he was known, didn't wait long to move to the metropolis of South Pittsburg, where he married Augusta Downing, the daughter of U.S. Army Maj. Edward Downing, who laid out the town of South Pittsburg.

Judge Allison was admitted to the bar of the State of Tennessee in 1887, having graduated from Southern Normal University, with a B.A. degree and an LL.B. He started his political career when he was named back-tax collector for Marion County. He then went on to become mayor of South Pittsburg, but then aspired to a judgeship in Hamilton County. That district was composed of Hamilton, Marion and Franklin counties. When Judge Allison tossed his hat in the ring, the largest county, Hamilton, had three favorites but could not agree on one.