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March 12, 2012

The Trial of Old Drum with Randy Travis, Scott Bakula, Ron Perlman

Trial of Old Drum Missouri State Archives

Man's Best Friend:
The Old Drum Story

Missouri’s Big Four

Probably more remarkable than the subject debated during the trial, a slain dog, were the lawyers involved.  All the lawyers involved in the September 1870 Burden v. Hornsby  trial achieved considerable success in later years.  
Immediately following the Civil War, two Union officers, John Finis Philips and Thomas Theodore Crittenden, formed law partnerships with two Confederates, Francis Marion Cockrell and George Graham Vest.  Philips and Vest in Sedalia and Cockrell and Crittenden in Warrensburg became influential attorneys and major political figures in the Democratic Party earning them the title of Missouri’s “Big Four.” 

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