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Judge James J. McCafferty

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The Seattle Daily Times
Wednesday Evening, November 3, 1915
Page 18, Column 1

Funeral Of Lawyer

Funeral services for Judge James J. McCafferty, for seventeen years a practitioner of law in this city, who died at his home, 912 Twelfth Avenue North, Tuesday morning, were held from the family residence at 3 o’clock this afternoon under the auspices of Seattle Lodge No. 92, B.P.O.E., of which he was a member. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Bonney-Watson Company. Cremation followed.

Report of Proceedings of the Annual Convention - Washington State Bar, 1917, Page 199

James J. McCafferty

One of the most popular members of the Seattle bar, James J. McCafferty, died on November 2, 1915. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 2, 1854. Educated in the public schools of that city and in Holy Cross College at Worcester, Massachusetts. He studied for the legal profession in the Law School of Boston University and began practice in Worcester with his father and an uncle. He served several years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives; visited South America in pursuit of health; accepted the chair of English Literature in the American College in Buenos Aires, of which institution he became president in 1880 and so served for several years before returning to the United States. He located in St. Paul and served in many offices of public trust, including United States commissioner for the St. Paul District, and Judge of the Circuit Court of Minnesota. He was General Counsel for the St. Paul & Minneapolis Interurban Railway Company. Seventeen years prior to his death he removed to Seattle and entered into general practice. A friend who knew him well in St. Paul, as well as in Seattle, M.J. Costello, paid this deserved tribute to him: "Judge McCafferty, as a political orator in his younger days, had few equals. He was an able, conscientious lawyer, but he will be best remembered among his associates, perhaps, as a genial, companionable gentleman, who always looked upon the better side of human life and conduct. He was a true friend, loyal advocate and a high-minded citizen always."


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