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Flannagan to Speak on the Remarkable life of Judge John Alexander Kelly

November 08, 2011

The Bristol Historical Association will hold a general membership meeting on Monday November 14th in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting room at the Bristol Public Library. This month’s guest speaker will be Charles B. Flannagan, retired judge from the Bristol Virginia Circuit Court. Flannagan, a student of local and judicial history, will present, “John Alexander Kelly: A Man to Remember from Early Southwest Virginia.”

Flannagan has thoroughly researched the Bristol Virginia court system, from its birth in the nineteenth century, during the famous state lines issues, Bristol’s only death penalty case, the courtroom shooting and many human interest stories. For this presentation Flannagan will explore the life of Bristolian John Alexander Kelly (1821-1900). From his humble beginnings Kelly became a leader of the legal community in Southwest Virginia and lived an extraordinary life. According to Flannagan “his life story merits preservation as inspiration for us today and those that follow.” Judge Flannagan will share fascinating information about Kelly’s life and how his example of leadership has been perpetuated through his descendants.

The public is cordially invited to attend this meeting of the Bristol Historical Association. This will be a rare opportunity to hear a never told biography of a Bristol forebear. The November 14 meeting will begin at 6:30pm at the Bristol Public Library and is free to the public.

The annual Christmas Luncheon will be held on Sunday December 4 at The Virginian. Carl Mallory, local amateur historian, will present the inspiring history of Abingdon Virginia. Reservations may be made at the November meeting.

The association is currently in its 32nd year of preserving the heritage of the region. For further details on this presentation or other upcoming events contact program chairman Tim Buchanan, 276-669-3885. You may visit www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com for details on the work of the Bristol Historical Association. Isabelle Ladd currently serves as president.