South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Thomas Perrin Cothran
           
Date Born: October 24, 1857

 Date Died: April 11, 1934

       
       
       
       
       
Place Born: Abbeville, SC

Place Buried: Upper Long Cane Cemetery in Abbeville, SC

           
   

Associate Justice 1921 - 1934
   

Thomas Perrin Cothran was born on October 24, 1857 in Abbeville, SC, the son of James Sproull Cothran and Emma C. (Perrin) Cothran. After completing high school in his hometown, he received his academic and legal education at the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the South Carolina bar in 1878. He practiced law in his hometown of Abbeville for twelve years, and then in 1891 moved to Greenville and practiced law there until 1921.

On January 6, 1886, Thomas Perrin Cothran married Ione Smith, daughter of William Joel Smith and Ione (Allen) Smith; she died just eighteen (18) months after they were married and they had no children. Thomas Perrin Cothran never remarried.

In 1904, Thomas Perrin Cothran was first elected as one of five men to represent Greenville County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 66th General Assembly that met from 1905 to 1906
- 67th General Assembly that met from 1907 to 1908
- 68th General Assembly that met from 1909 to 1910

In 1914, Thomas Perrin Cothran was again elected as one of six men to represent Greenville County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 71st General Assembly that met from 1915 to 1916
- 72nd General Assembly that met from 1917 to 1918 - elected Speaker of the House
- 73rd General Assembly that met from 1919 to 1920 - elected Speaker of the House
- 74th General Assembly that met from 1921 to 1922 - elected Speaker of the House

On January 26, 1921, Thomas Perrin Cothran was elected as an Associate Justice on the SC Supreme Court, replacing Daniel Edward Hydrick, who had recently died. He resigned as Speaker of the House in January 27, 1921. He served as an Associate Justice on the SC Supreme Court until his death.

On April 11, 1934, Thomas Perrin Cothran died, and he was buried in the Upper Long Cane Cemetery in Abbeville, SC.



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