This is about real life attorney George Graham Vest (December 6, 1830 - August 9, 1904) who was also later a U.S. Congressman from Missouri. The story is about a man who is sued by a boy for shooting his dog named Old Drum on October 18, 1869. Vest's, "a man's best friend" closing arguments from the trial became more famous than Vest himself. Starring future Governor of California and then President of The U.S., Ronald Reagan as George Graham Vest. Written by
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The dogs real name is Old Drum not Johnny as used in the teleplay. Also Old Drum has a plaque laid in stone in front of The Old Johnson County Courthouse and location of the trial, A Statue in front of Johnson County courthouse in Warrensburg, Mo., a bust of Old Drum resides in the Missouri Supreme Court building in Jefferson City, Missouri, and finally a State historical marker in Owensboro, Kentucky, The Home State of George Vest. See more
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