B.H. Tabor


”B.H. Tabor on a residence of less than one year in Birmingham, achieved a commanding position among the attorneys of Jefferson County.

His parents, Aquila and Francis Tabor, nee Ware, were natives of Georgia, where they resided until their marriage, and, in 1836, immigrated to Lafayette County, Mississippi, where they resided the remainder of their days. The father departed this life in 1878, and the mother in 1881.

Our subject was the fourth of a family of seven children, and was reared upon a farm, which was his father’s occupation, and received limited early educational advantages. Possessing an ambitious spirit, and endowed with high natural abilities, he early decided upon the profession of law, and, at the age of twenty, entered the University of Georgia, located at Athens, and, in the fall of 1871, was admitted to the bar at Water Valley, Mississippi, where he established an extensive practice, which extended also to Lafayette County. In 1878 he removed to Oxford, Lafayette County, where he remained for three years, and then joined his brother, E. A. Tabor,  at Fort Smith, Arkansas, with whom he was associated for a period of one year, the firm subsequently becoming Taliaferro, Tabor & Tabor. This alliance continued for two years, when Colonel Taliaferro removed to Birmingham.

In the spring of 1886 Mr. Tabor decided, upon the solicitations of Colonel Taliaferro, to become a resident of the Magic City, and thus was formed the firm of Lane, Taliaferro & Tabor, one of the strongest legal associations in Alabama.

Mr. Tabor labored assiduously and faithfully, devoting his entire attention to the vast and increasing practice which was entrusted to them, and, in many of the most important cases tried in the county, he took a leading part in conducting them, and was foremost in the arguments, in which he ranks as one of the best speakers in the country. As a criminal lawyer his rank is especially high.

Mr. Tabor is endowed with what may be termed a natural legal intellect. He grasps quickly and accurately legal principles, and discriminates correctly. His memory is remarkable, retaining not only principles but the names of codes and books. He is an untiring worker, and aggressive in any case he undertakes, from the smallest to the greatest. He never looks upon the opposite side, and, determining to win, never prepares for defeat. He is personally exceedingly agreeable and prepossessing; his form is tall, erect, and stalwart, denoting a magnificent constitution and perfect health; his nature is frank, genial, and generous; his hand is as liberal as his heart is sympathetic, and his popularity extends to all professions and classes.

Mr. Tabor has also interested himself in real estate transactions, in which he has also been remarkably successful. He is one of the incorporators of the Smithfield Land Company, and one of its officers. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Tabor was married October 9, 1875, to Miss L. E. Oliver, of Eureka, Panola County, Mississippi. Four children bless this union, Oliver K., Loise E., Bee, and Edward.

Mr. and Mrs. Tabor are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.”

Source:  Jefferson County and Birmingham, Alabama: Historical and Biographical, John Witherspoon DuBose, Jeeple and Smith, Publishers, Birmingham, Alabama, 1887, page 361

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