|Birth: ||Apr. 23, 1844|
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1919|
John Hardy Doyle, of Toledo, Lawyer and former Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and of the Supreme Court of Ohio, was born in Monday Creek Township, Perry County, Ohio, on the 23rd of April, 1844. Through both of his parents Judge Doyle is of Irish descent.
His father moved in early manhood to Providence, now part of Lucas County, and while residing there married. In 1843 the family moved to Perry County, where Judge Doyle was born, and in 1848 moved back to Toledo. The father died here in 1852 and the mother in 1894.
John H. Doyle received his general education in the Toledo public schools and at Dennison University in Granville, Ohio. During the winter of 1862-63 he discontinued his studies with a view to entering the military service of the United States as second lieutenant of Company A, Sixty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, his appointment being conditioned upon his securing twenty recruits for the service; but before completing his task he was stricken with typhoid fever and was consequently obliged to forego his ambition for a military career. He then studied law under the preceptorship of Edward Bissell, a notable member of the Toledo bar. Being admitted to practice on his twenty-first birthday, he accepted a partnership offer from Mr. Bissell and became a member of the law firm of Bissell and Gorrill, and the abstracting firm of Bissell, Gleason & Company. He soon made his mark in his profession and achieved a reputation as one of its rising men in northwestern Ohio. Among the famous cases he conducted is the River Tract 6 case, mentioned at the close of the history, where he successfully defended the title of the residents on the tract, and the now celebrated case of Comptore vs. The Wabash Railroad Co., where, after 30 years of litigation, his client collected over $900,000 on bonds not secured by mortgage.
In 1879, when thirty-five years old, he received the unanimous endorsement of the Republican members of the Lucas county bar for the office of the Court of Common Pleas of the Sixth Judicial District. He was nominated unanimously by the judicial convention, was elected by a large majority, and, assuming the position, discharged its duties with distinguished ability as long as he continued in it. At the Republican state convention of 1882 he received the nomination for judge of the Supreme Court, but his candidacy chanced in a Democratic year and was defeated with the rest of the party ticket. In the same year, however, a vacancy occurred on the supreme bench, and Judge Doyle was appointed for the unexpired term by Governor Foster. He was again nominated by his party for the same office and again suffered defeat on account of continued Democratic ascendancy in the state.
Retiring from the Supreme Court upon the expiration of his term, on February 9 1884, he returned to the practice of law in Toledo, as senior member of Doyle & Scott, in which his associate was Alexander W Scott. In 1885 Charles T Lewis was admitted to partnership, and from that time the firm was Doyle, Scott & Lewis, until Mr. Scott's death in 1895, when it was changed to Doyle & Lewis, the present style. Since concluding his service as supreme judge, he has adhered without interruption or distraction to his profession, uniformly refusing both nominations and appointments to office. The position of judge of the United State District Court for the northern district of Ohio was twice offered him by Presidents McKinley and Taft, - but in each instance the honor was declined. At the age of over seventy Judge Doyle is pursuing his profession with unabated vigor, in the enjoyment of a very extensive and valuable practice and with a reputation as one of the ablest, most accomplished, and most successful members of the bar of Ohio.
His especial characteristics are industry, rapidity as a worker, and great promptitude in mastering the essentials of a case. In his early experience as a lawyer he accustomed himself to quick analysis and collocation and citation of really pertinent authorities with as little waste of time as possible upon irrelevant or minor aspects and materials. He thus acquired the habit of proceeding almost immediately with the preparation of his cases, to the exclusion of preliminaries generally, or at least their reduction to a minimum; and at the present day it is questionable whether there is another lawyer at the Ohio bar who is his equal in respect of ease and alacrity of preparation. As A judge he displayed very similar traits. "Judge Doyle" says Harvey Scribner ("Memoirs of Lucas County and the City of Toledo", Volume I, page 405), "was an ideal common pleas judge; he followed and comprehended the bearings and competency of evidence at all stages of the trial. His rulings were prompt and almost always correct." It was his uniform practice to prepare for his own information very thorough briefs of the law and authorities governing cases as they developed before him; and the singular advantage of such a policy and method to the interests of the righteous and correct administration of the law can very readily be understood. His elevation to the supreme bench by gubernatorial appointment was in recognition entirely of his high judicial qualifications, and his service under that appointment was able and creditable to an eminent degree.
For nearly seventy years a resident of Toledo, Judge Doyle is an authority – perhaps the foremost authority now living – on the early history of that community and northwestern Ohio generally. He was written and privately published various monographs and papers of local historical interest. Throughout life he has been a student of history in its broadest aspects, and has taken especial interest and satisfaction in reflection upon many subjects and questions. He is the author of some forty monographs and papers of more or less formality on miscellaneous topics – historical, literary, legal, etc., - which have been given to the as voluntary and entirely unrecompensed lectures on special occasions. He has devoted a portion of his time to the instruction of students in St. John's Law School on the subject of constitutional law.
In politics he has been a consistent Republican from early life, and at various times has participated somewhat actively in campaigns as a speaker. But he has never accepted a nomination for office except as judge.
He is a member of the Toledo Club, Toledo Commerce club, Toledo Country Club, Toledo Yacht Club, Toledo Transportation Club, Lawyers' Club of New York, Ohio Society of New York, Union Club of Cleveland, and Columbus Club of Columbus. He has served at various times as president of the Toledo, Ohio, State, and National bar associations.
On October 6, 1868, he married Alice Fuller Skinner, a descendant of Governor Roger Wolcott, of Connecticut, and Oliver Wolcott, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mrs. Doyle is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, and the Daughters of Colonial Govenors. To Judge and Mrs. Doyle three children were born: Mrs. Elizabeth D. Scott, who has a daughter, Grace Isabel Scott; Mrs. Grace D Graves, wife of Charles L. Graves, whose children are John Graves, Angeline Graves, and Charles Graves; and Helen Genevieve, now deceased, who married Judge John S. Pratt, and is survived by one child, Alice Pratt.
During the present war on Europe Judge Doyle has prepared and delivered a series of war lectures, under the titles: "Some Things We Ought to Know", "The Legal and Moral Relations of the United States to the Present War", "The League of Nations and the Freedom of the Seas", some of which are printed. They have received the most flattering comments and notices and have been characterized as among the ablest papers on the subjects.
Prominent Profiles; This Toledo Stories retrospective looks back at a variety of WGTE-produced short stories including: Edward Drummond Libbey, Pauline Perlmutter Steinem, John Hardy Doyle and Samuel "Golden Rule" Jones.
Alice Fuller Skinner Doyle (1849 - 1929)*
Grace Alice Doyle Graves (1872 - 1936)*
John Hardy Doyle (1876 - 1876)*
Frederick Ellsworth Doyle (1877 - 1878)*
Roger Wolcott Doyle (1879 - 1879)*
Helen Genevieve Doyle Pratt (1884 - 1912)*
Plot: Sec 40 Lot 68 Mausoleum
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Record added: Jun 04, 2010
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