Hon. Seid Waddell
It is about a foregone conclusion that the above named gentleman will succeed Col. W.P. Caldwell as our next state senator, the latter gentleman having expressed himself as not wanting to be returned. Besides this, it has been customary to let the counties alternate in joint representatives and Obion county is therefore entitled this year to the nomination, which, with so good a man as Mr. Waddell, means a big Democratic majority in November. Mr. Waddell, who is one of the leading members of the Union City bar, was the representative last year from Obion county, and as such took front rank among the working members. He is a Democrat, true and tried, and has never been found sulking when needed by his party, and THE ENTERPRISE knows of no one whom it would prefer to see represent us in the state senate than Mr. Waddell. Mr. Waddell is a man of exceptionally pure private character, and can be relied on always to take a positive stand in favor of moral or political reforms. While this is true, he is conservative in his views, without being weak, and ever has proper regard for the opinions of people who may not agree with him. He is very popular in his home county, and will bring out a fine vote there should he be the nominee. We commend him to the Democrats of Weakley county as a man of sterling worth, both in private and public capacity, and bespeak for him their careful consideration.
The following information comes from the The History of Obion County Tennessee published by Goodspeed in 1887:
Seid Waddell, attorney at law, was born in Somerville, Tenn.,, May 2 1849, son of John C. and Elizabeth D. (Bugg) Waddell, and is of Scotch-Irish descent. John C. Waddell was born in Carroll County, Tenn., about 1819, and died in Union city in 1884. The mother was also a Tennessean, and died in Arkansas. Seid Waddell began the study of law in 1873, and in January, 1874 entered the senior class of Lebanon University and graduated the same year. he came almost immediately to Union City, and here has since continued to reside and practice law, being a co-partner of Hon. Rice A. Pierce. Mr. Waddell was one of the organizers of the Bank of Union City in 1879, and was made president of the same in 1884, and as such now continues. He is a Democrat, and in 1885 was elected mayor of Union city by the city council, and re-elected in 1886 by the people. In 1877 his marriage with Miss Eva P. Waddell was celebrated. She was born in Hardeman County, Tenn., in 1856, and is the mother of three children: Lizzie D., and Belle M. and Birdie M., (Twins). Mr. Waddell owns a fine farm of 200 acres, on which he raises Holstein and Jersey cattle. He is a K.of P., and he and Mrs Waddell are members of the Swedenborgian or New Church.
He served as Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee from 1899-1901. He served as Speaker of the House, again from 1899-1901. He was also one of the attorneys representing the West Tennessee Land Company during the Reelfoot Night Riders Trial.
The death certificate lists the following information: His parents were John Calvin Waddell and Elizabeth Dickens. The informant was E.P. Waddell. His occupation was Banker and Lawyer at the Old National Bank. Cause of death was Organiz Heart Lesion and mitral stenosis. He, his wife and several of his children are buried at East View Cemetery in Union City.
His father, Dr. John Calvin Waddell, was the inventor of Waddell's Broadcast Seed Sower.
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