- John R. Van Atta
Overton, John (09 April 1766–12 April 1833), attorney, judge, and politician, was born in Louisa County, Virginia, the son of James Overton, a small planter, and Mary Waller. At age twenty-one he migrated to Mercer County, Kentucky, and read law for two years before taking up practice in Nashville on the raw Tennessee frontier. From a few rows of crude cabins on the Cumberland River, the town’s population exploded to nearly 6,000 during Overton’s lifetime. Upon his arrival, he took up residence in a boardinghouse run by the widow of Colonel ...