Ohio History Journal

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Emilius Oviatt Randall

Emilius Oviatt Randall.              87


But a recognition, wider and even more highly prized, was

that written in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

During his college days at Ithaca, Mr. Randall met Miss

Mary A. Coy, the lady who later became his wife. To her and

their two sons and daughter, we of the Kit-Kat Club offer our

sympathy. We, too, have suffered a grievous loss. We knew

his genial companionship, his ready helpfulness and his contin-

uing friendship. His sterling scholarship, his vivacious eloquence

and his industrious pen won for him a wide admiration, while

his historical research offers to this and succeeding generations a

legacy of inestimable value.

We are proud to have known him and to have walked with

him through the years; and here, in this solemn hour, we write

down among our most treasured memories his qualities as man

and citizen, companion and friend.

Mr. Williams then said:

Mr. Randall was Reporter of the Supreme Court of Ohio

from 1895 until his death. Since the adoption of our present

Constitution in 1851, until the present time, ninety-nine volumes

of reports have been issued, with one in preparation. Of these

one hundred volumes, forty-eight, almost one-half, will bear the

name of "Randall" as the compiler. This gives us something

of the measure of his service as an official of our highest court.

But it is only a superficial gauge. None of us, outside of the

court, can know fully how much he contributed to the preparation

of the reports, but we can rest confident that his breadth of

knowledge, his gift of expression, and his wide reading, both in

law and in literature, were freely at the command of the judges,

with all of whom his relations were of the most intimate and

cordial character. Mr. Chief Justice Nichols will speak:





Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

That fascinating orator, Senator Conkling, in his classic

nominating speech, at the Republican National Convention, in

1880, presenting the name of General Grant as a candidate for