Daniel Turner Fackler was a lawyer, newspaper editor in Danville

Published 6:23 am Saturday, June 30, 2018

Daniel Turner Fackler came to Danville when he was 10 years old after his father died during the Civil War.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he was the oldest son of Major Calvin M. and Anna Kirk Fackler. Major Fackler was on the staff of General Albert Sidney Johnston when he died in Atlanta, Georgia, from heart problems in April 1864.

After his father died, Turner came to Danville and lived with his uncle J.T. Fackler.

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The younger brothers, Calvin, who was in business in Memphis, later moved to Danville; and Kirk and Leland grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. When Kirk and Leland were grown, they went with their mother, Mrs. Anna Kirk Blount to France. They returned after the younger brother, Kirk, became ill. The child died July 19, 1878, in Danville.

Attends local academy

Turner entered the Danville and Classical and Military Academy when Dr. Junkin was principal.

Turner took first place for general scholarship, which entitled him to a scholarship in Washington and Lee University where he graduated in 1874.

He returned to Danville and began to study law with Durham & Jacobs and for a time practiced the profession.

Knowing his fondness for newspaper work, and through reliability, the senior editor of the newspaper tendered him to the position of associate editor and business manager in 1881, which he accepted. He continued with the newspaper a short time and headed to Portland, Oregon, to engage in business.

After a year, he returned east to Memphis and then to Danville. He operated a printing business, and returned to The Advocate where he worked until his death at age 34.

Turner united with First Presbyterian Church and was ordained as deacon in 1881.

He was born February 16, 1854, in Memphis, to Calvin Morgan Fackler (1827-1864), who was born in Alabama, and Anna Kirk Fackler (born 1835).

They were married January 12, 1853, in Shelby County, Tennessee.

His grandparents were John Jacob Fackler, (1801-1874) and Elizabeth Melvina Turner 91804 -1871).

Turner died May 30, 1888, at the home of his uncle, John T. Fackler. He is buried in Bellevue Cemetery.

An article in the Advocate said he was “a man of the most sterling integrity. He was excessively modest and retiring, but indefatigable in discharge of duty and scrupulous faithful in every trust confided in him.”