James Griffith CRUMBLISS (1868-1948)
HOUSE, 70th, 71st, and 72nd General Assemblies, 1937-43; representing Roane County; SENATE, 74th General Assembly, 1945-47; representing counties of Knox, Loudon, Monroe, and Polk; Republican. Born at Kingston, Roane County, Dec. 5, 1868; son of Henry and Nellie (GRIFFITH) CRUMBLISS. Attended public schools of Roane County; graduated, in 1889, from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knox County. Married Dec. 17, 1896, to Mary Elizabeth BROWN, daughter of Polk BROWN; children--James B., Virginia, Florence, and Hugh Polk. Described as a public official, merchant, farmer; lived at Kingston until 1910; removed to Knoxville to serve as U.S. Marshal four years; in 1914 organized Sterling-Crumbliss Hardware Co. of which he was president; during the 1930's moved back to Roane County to engage in farming and raising livestock; returned to Knoxville, 1942, to spend remaining years of life. Deputy clerk and master of chancery court, Roane County, 1892-95; chairman of county court three terms; justice of the peace twenty years; after four years as U.S. Marshal, served as commissioner of parks and public works, 1915-19; named member Republican State Executive Committee, 1918. Member Baptist Church; Free and Accepted Masons, 32nd Degree; Knights of Pythias; Indexpendent Order of Odd Fellows; Junior Order of United American Mechanics; Board of Commerce; Rotary Club; Commercial Club; President East Tennessee Division Fair Ass'n. Died at Knoxville, June 10, 1948; buried in Greenwood Cemetery.
Sources: Wells, History of Roane County, 44c, 167; Baker and Towe, Men of Affairs, 53; Gilmer, Prominent Tennesseans, 111; Knoxville Journal and Tribune, June 11, 1948; Knoxville City Directory, 1911, 1916, 1919, 1948; Tenn. Vital Statistics, Death Certificate, 13039.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County, Tennessee State Library and Archives.