Mr. Grundy was eminent as a lawer and statesman for more than forty years. As a successful advocate in criminal cases he was never surpassed, and perhaps never equalled. It is said in a sketch of his life in the National Portrait Gallery, that after his removal to Nashville, Tenn., he was engaged in the defence of one hundred and five capital cases, and never had but one criminal executed. It is doubtful whether any other lawyer in America or England can boast of equal success in his criminal practice. When the professional services of Mr. Grundy were secured in the defence of a capital felony it is said the criminal considered himself safe. He was sent for all over Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi and Illinois, to appear in important capital felonies.
Felix Grundy was born in Virginia, September 11th, 1777. His father was an Englishman, who came to America early in life. When Felix was two years old he moved from Virginia into Pennsylvania, remained there one year, and then moved to Kentucky, where he died in the early infancy of his son Felix, leaving a widow and large family of children exposed to all the dangers and deprivations of a frontier life. He witnessed the death of several of his brothers, and the destruction of his widowed mother's home and property by the Indians. Whilst a member of the United States Senate, in speaking of the sufferings and terrors of the early settlers of the Western States, he said: "Mr. President, I was too young to participate in these dangers and difficulties, but I can remember when death was in almost every bush, and every thicket concealed an ambuscade."