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Biographical Sketch of Judge Loring Folsom

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Judge Loring Folsom, now the only surviving child of Colonel David Folsom and his first wife, Rhoda Nail, was long one of the leading men of the Choctaw Nation, but retired from the political arena several years ago, and has ever since been living in peace and quiet on his farm one and a half miles south of the town of Caddo, which took its name from a tribe of Indians whom the Choctaws defeated in battle on a group of high hills at the base of which Judge Loring Folsom now lives. This was the last battle in which the Choctaws were ever engaged as a Nation. In this the sun of their military glory went down to be followed by no returning morn.

But no study is needed to ascertain that Judge Loring Folsom is also a genuine man; a man from all dissimulation free a characteristic so notable of the Choctaws and ever wearing a cheerful face, so indicative of the warm feelings of a kind and generous friend. His natural disposition is remarkably amiable, being endowed with a gentleness of manner and delicacy of feeling, which to the casual observer would not at first indicate that inflexible firmness which he always manifests in determining questions of duty.

He filled the high and responsible position of Circuit Judge in his district for nearly twenty years, with credit and honor; though retired to private life, like his amiable father, .he possesses a strong, clear mind, which he has cultivated with assiduous success, in consequence of which he has obtained a large amount of general information, by extensive reading, close observation and mature reflection. He is well posted in all the political affairs of his own nation, and also of the United States. His whole public life, in all the different and responsible fields in which he has been called by his people to labor, attest the purity and loftiness of its tone and purpose. He is a man of distinct individuality, yet in all his conduct, he is ever animated by the purest motives arid an inflexible love of truth and justice, that would be of great advantage to all to put into practice the noble principles that animate the breast and govern the actions of Judge Loring Folsom.


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