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 Charles Gracchus Neely

Charles Gracchus Neely

Birth
Benton, Franklin County, Illinois, USA
Death 16 Oct 1930 (aged 75)
Selma, Fresno County, California, USA
Burial Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 7876 · View Source
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Politician. Member of Illinois state legislature 1886-1888; circuit court judge 1895-1903, Cook County, Illinois. Moved to Claremont, Calif, in 1910 and taught at Pomona college. An obituary from a local newspaper (Pomona or Claremont):

Charles G. Neely, professor emeritus of Pomona College, is no more. He has passed over the river into eternity. Death has taken him from our midst.
Death plans his own campaigns. He holds council with none of his victims. They are wholly at his mercy. To the many, as to Judge Neely, he gives little warning, while to some he allows his approach to be seen at a considerable distance.
In the death of Judge Neely a great man has fallen. Few men in this section, particularly in Claremont, Pomona, and Pomona College, have left a stronger impress upon the population than this veteran educator.
Dr. Frank P. Brackett, of the Pomona College faculty, pays him fitting tribute as follows:
"His long worthy service on the bench in Chicago, before coming to Claremont, had given him a wisdom and a knowledge of human nature which were a source of power and usefulness in his relations with students and colleagues.
"He brought to his teaching a thorough knowledge of his subject, a profound respect for the constitution and orderly government, and a great liking for young people. These, I think, were the secret of his success as a teacher. Hundreds of people have sat in his classes and listened to his lectures will remember as long as they live his bright and jolly humor, his stirring patriotism, and his devoutness and sincerity, his hatred of cant, and his challenge to honest thinking and worthy citizenship. And those who were privileged to enjoy his more intimate friendship will always be the better for his cordial, earnest faith and love."
Judge Neely and his family came to California in 1910, locating in Pomona. Two years later he moved to Claremont, where he became a teacher of the Pomona College faculty in the capacity of professor of constitutional history and international law. His worth was manifested for many years prior to coming West. In 1884 he commenced the practice of law in Chicago , where he founded the first juvenile court in that city. He served three terms as circuit court judge at Chicago, Ill.
During his years of teaching he also taught at the University of California at Berkeley summer school.
Throughout his long and distinguished career, Judge Neely's reputation was unsullied, his integrity stern, unbending and stainless. He was a man of conviction. His convictions controlled him. They gave him purpose and rules of conduct which formed his character. That character was not confined to his religious life, which was worthy of emulation, but was conspicuous in every phase of life.
He was thoroughly devoted to his family. No man felt a livelier interest in the purity and well-being of the home circle.
Judge Neely had confidence in the future of this Republic, and abiding faith in the saving common sense of the American people. He gave expression to his conviction many times in his public addresses which were always edifying, uplifting, full of inspiration and always listened to with the keenest interest.
He was a man of mark. The qualities that made him conspicuous among the students he instructed were not merely acquired. They seemed innate, inborn, natural; they were God-given.
Such men, living, are a blessing to the race, and after death, serve as useful examples to others. The outstanding example of this beloved man will be a shining mark especially to the young people with whom he came in contact, whose faces are turned toward the East, watching the rising sung, with the expectation of entering into public service themselves.
It is the unswerving honesty of purpose, the sturdy common sense, the steadfast adherence to duty in helpful service through learnedness of such men as judge Neely that preserve to us all that is best and worth preserving in our lives.



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  • Maintained by: AllanG
  • Added: 19 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7876
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Gracchus Neely (11 Jun 1855–16 Oct 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7876, citing Oak Park Cemetery, Claremont, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by AllanG (contributor 46922592) .