National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee

Portrait #1893
Subject/Title: Moran, John Williamson (1840-1912)
Artist:Hankins, Cornelius Haly (1863-1946)
Date Created:1905
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:37 x 32
Image Dimensions:29.5 x 24.5
Materials/Media:Oil on Canvas
Date Documented:11 February 2014

Description:Bust-length portrait of John Williamson Moran in middle age. He is wearing a dark jacket, white shirt and dark tie. He has a moustache and goatee. The background is dark.
History: Work was done from a photograph taken between 1895 1905. The portrait was painted in conjunction with that of his wife Sophia Riley Gunn Moran to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her death. In the lower right corner it's signed "Cornelius Hankins A.D. 1905" This is a companion to the Hankin's portrait of the subject's wife, Sophia Riley Gunn Moran.
Notes:The subject was born in Dresden, Weakley County, Tennessee in 1840. He was the son of James Henderson Moran I and Harriet Harris. There being no public schools in the county at that time, John Williamson Moran received a private education.

He began his business career as a store clerk at Hickman, Kentucky but his career and life were interrupted by the Civil War. He enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 and served with the 31st Tennessee Regiment, Co. I. His service included engagements at Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Perryville and Franklin where he was wounded. He surrendered in North Carolina with the Army of Tennessee in May 1865.

After the war Moran worked at Hickman, Kentucky, loading steamboats until he earned enough money to start his own dry goods business in Dresden, Tennessee. He married Sophia Riley Gunn in 1871. The couple had five children: Fannie Lemira Moran, Charles Harrell Moran, Ida Morehead Moran, James Henderson Moran III, and Marion Agnes Moran.

He was a member, official and financial patron of the Methodist Church South in Dresden. In the 1880's he helped found the Bank of Dresden becoming the first president of the institution, a position he held until his death in Nashville in 1912. In 1895, as a gift for his wife, he commissioned the building of a large George Barber Victorian home which became known as Moran Place. He is interred in the Moran Cemetery in Dresden, Tennessee.