Located in Dresden TN, Moran Place was built by J.W. Moran for his wife Sophia Reilly Gunn. The house is a modified design of George Barber's Cottage no. 36 from Book No. 2. Construction began in early 1895 but put on hold when Sophia became Ill and died Oct 7 1895. Construction resumed a few months later.
The big old Victorian home built by John W. Moran shouts to the world "Look at me!" So it's ironic that most of the people that inhabited Moran Place were actually the opposite. They were not into promoting themselves, their accomplishments, their philanthropy.
Nathan H. Moran
They preferred to maintain what we call today a "low profile." There were, of course, a few exceptions, James the third comes to mind. He did love to show off! But his son, Nathan (Bub), was by all accounts not that interested in family history or past accomplishments and the big old house that so many people love was just a house to him.
The back is engraved: For Military Merit
Nathan H. Moran
So in true Bub fashion he didn't bother to tell Kent that he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, It just wasn't in his nature to do what I suppose he thought was self-aggrandizement. He left that for us to do for him. :)
We don't know why he was awarded the commendation but it's on our list of things to find out.
According to the Air Force Fact Sheet the medal was authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force in 1958 and was awarded "to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Air force after March 24, 1958, shall have distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement and service. The degree of merit must be distinctive, though it need not be unique. Acts of courage which do not involve the voluntary risk of life required for the Soldier's Medal (or the Airman's Medal now authorized for the Air Force) may be considered for the AFCM."
This gentleman is Charles Alfred Graves, born about 1851 in Virginia to William Graves and Elizabeth Dawson. He married Lizzie Turner Kirkpatrick Aug 28 1877 in Lexington Virginia. He married again December 26 1925 to Catherine Rebecca Lipop, Charlottesville VA. He was a learned man receiving his M.A. from Washington and Lee University where he subsequently taught modern languages. In addition to teaching at the university he continued his own studies earning a Bachelor of Law. Graves taught law at Washington and Lee until 1899 when he accepted a teaching position at the University of Virginia. In a addition to being a much loved law professor he was the Associate Editor and Co-Founder of the Virginia Law Register. It was in his capacity as a professor of law at UVA that Graves became acquainted with one of his students from the law class of 1902, James Henderson Moran III of Dresden Tennessee. Graves was a member of the UVA faculty until 1927. He died November 10 1928 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is interred at the University of Virginia Cemetery and Columbarium.
The original artwork was painted by Ellis M. Silvette, a Virginia portrait painter.