Born and bred in Illinois, James H. Eckels, formerly of Ottawa, now of Chicago, has become the favorite of a nation were he has achieved greatness as a financier. He is a Democrat whose fealty to sound money caused him to ast aside party ties in the campaigh of 1896.
James H. Eckels is of Scotch-Irish parentage. He was born at Princeton, Ill., November 22, 1858, and is the son of James S. and Margaret D. Eckels. He was educated in the common schools and high school of that town, graduating from the latter in 1876. In 1879-80 he attended the law school at Albany, New York, graduating therefrom and going to Ottawa, Ill. to commence the practice of his profession in 1881.
Mr. Eckels continued in active practice until 1893, when on April 28 he entered upon the duties of the Comptroller of the Currency at Washington, under appointment of President Cleveland. He continued in such office until May 1, 1898, when he resined to accept the Presidency of the Commercial National Bank of Chicago. In 1892 he was one of the delegates of the Eleventh Congressional District in the National Democratic Convention which nominated Mr. Cleveland at Chicago. He also represented the same district in the Gold Democratic Convention held at Indianapolis in 1896 in oppositionto W. J. Bryan. At such convention he assisted in framing the platform there adopted. In 1887 Mr. Eckels was married to Miss Fannie L. Reed, of Ottawa, Ill. They have one child - a daughter - Phoebe.
(Illinois political directory, 1899)
CLEVELAND PAYS TRIBUTE TO MEMORY OF ECKELS
PRINCETON, N.J., April 14. - Former President Cleveland was deeply touched when he learned of the death of Mr. Eckels. He said: "I am closely related to Mr Eckels, and his death comes to me with a peculiar shock. In important public work I learned to know him intelligently and industriously. He devoted himself to duty, and in the intimacy of close friendship I learned to know and appreciate his hare and attractive qualities of heart. These incidents have personal touch with my friend and cause me to mourn his death as a great personal sorrow. Mr. Eckels illustrated the traits that make the best american citizenship. Deeply interested in every question connected with the public welfare, he studied them with the public welfare, he studied them with soberness in the end that he might increase his usefulness. He was a public spirited man, who saw duty all about him and whose influence was impressedon all his surrounding for good. There was nothing frivolous about Mr. Eckels. In every relation of life, as a citizen, as a business man and as a friend he was earnest and wholehearted. Neither the immediate community in which he dwelt nor the country at large can well afford to lose a man like James H. Eckels."
PAPER:Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, MT)
VOLUME: XVII ISSUE: 215 PAGE:1
DATE:Monday, April 15, 1907
James H. Eckels Dead
Former Comptroller of Currency passes away in sleep.
Chicago, April 14. - James H. Eckels, president of the Commercial National Bank and formerly Comptroller of the Currency, died at his home today of heart dicease. The death of Mr. Eckels occurred apparentlly while he was asleep. A post mortem examination was held, and a statement was issued giving the cause of death as organic heart disease. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Rev. William R. Notman will deliver the oration. The body will be placed in a vault until the return of Mrs. Eckels and daughter, when a private funeral will be held.
PAPER:Sun (Baltimore, MD)
DATE: Monday, April 15, 1907
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