James Hereford “Fud” McGinnis

James Hereford “Fud” McGinnis

Birth
Neibert, Logan County, West Virginia, USA
Death 2 Sep 1907 (aged 79)
Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 31859845 · View Source
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Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney

James Hereford McGinnis was educated in the common schools, and as a young man became a school teacher, a vocation which he followed ten years, during which time he studied law and was admitted to the bar at Barboursville, West Virginia. It was his desire to enter the army at the outbreak of the war between the states, but he was severely afflicted with rheumatism at the time and thus was prevented from service. Following the war he was one of the few that could take the test oath, and was a partner of Hon. Sam Price of Lewisburg, war governor of West Virginia, who was barred from practice because he could not take the test oath, but who was not excluded from acting as counsel. Later Mr. McGinnis practiced law all over West Virginia. A man of great natural ability, fine presence and magnificent oratorical powers, no one could present a case in better manner to a jury, and as a result his practice, general in character but slightly tending toward criminal cases, was large and important. He had an office at Fayetteville for many years, but Beckley was his home. Mr. McGinnis was a raconteur of parts, and his stories were much relished by his fellow Masons and others with whom he was wont to gather in a social way. An ardent republican, he served as prosecuting attorney in several counties, and in 1888 was elected to Congress, but was counted out, and before a Congressional contest could be settled Congress had adjourned, thus preventing him from acting in the national lower body.

Source: The History of West Virginia, Old and New Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, Volume II, pg. 116-117.



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  • Maintained by: Wendy Jarrell Kline
  • Originally Created by: Judy Llamas
  • Added: 30 Nov 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 31859845
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Hereford “Fud” McGinnis (30 Jul 1828–2 Sep 1907), Find a Grave Memorial no. 31859845, citing Wildwood Cemetery, Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Wendy Jarrell Kline (contributor 48564361) .