18 Tenn. L. Rev. 637 (1943-1945)
Judges Robert L. Caruthers and Archibald Wright

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of the Knoxzille Bar
Judge Robert L. Caruthers
OBERT LOONEY CARUTHERS was born in Smith County, Tennessee,
July 31, 1800. His father was Samuel Caruthers and his mother was
Jane Looney Caruthers, whose father was one of the representatives
from Sullivan County in the first Constitutional Convention of the State
of Franklin. In 1810 his father was overtaken by disease and remained
speechless and helpless until his death in 1813, leaving the family in very
poor circumstances.
In February 1814, on account of the family's condition, young
Caruthers was taken to Maury County to make his home with an uncle,
and while there he worked on the farm in summer and attended school
in winter. In 1816 his uncle suddenly informed the boy that he was no
longer a welcome guest and asked him to find another home. Judge
Caruthers has left a diary, and we are able to give in his own language
an account of this unhappy event and his subsequent experiences growing
out of the unexpected turn in his fortunes:
'I had lived with my uncle about two years, when from some
cause yet unknown to me, and greatly to my surprise, he told me
that I must put out and manage for myself, or return to Goose
Creek, for he had done all he could for me. This was a heavy
shock to my youthful feelings. It seemed to unhinge all my
prospects. Until that very moment I had considered myself
perfectly at home, at least until the occupations of manhood, and
the invitations of fortune should lead me out into the world.
But I withstood the shock upon a moment's reflection, and firmly
resolved to meet the crisis like a man. I told my uncle I would
set off in the morning if he desired it, and would lend me a horse
to ride to Goose Creek. This was readily assented to by my
uncle, and in two or three days thereafter, I found myself landed
on Goose Creek, once more afoot in the world and without a cent
of money.' . .. 'There being no person to control me, I assumed
control of myself. My want of a fixed home and occupation
caused me to go from house to house among my acquaintances,
and the narrowness of -my range caused me to form new ac-
quaintances and varied associations. I naturally got into bad
company, in whose eyes even the holy Sabbath was void of
sanctity. Morality had no beauty, and virtue had lost all her
charms. After a few months spent in this way, I began to re-
flect, and the more I thought upon the subject the more glaring
was the impropriety of my course, and the gloominess of my

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