Judge James Ellery Hale

Judge James Ellery Hale

East Smithfield, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 22 Sep 1895 (aged 70)
Auburn, Placer County, California, USA
Burial Auburn, Placer County, California, USA
Memorial ID 88617454 · View Source
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Death of Judge Hale

Dissolution Occurred Sunday and Was Apparently Without Pain - Judge Hale Was a Pioneer of Forty-nine - One of the Most Prominent and Active Men in the State's History - Funeral Held Tuesday--One by one the Argonauts are leaving us. Judge Hale died at his home in Auburn on Sunday last at the advanced age of 71 years and after 46 years' active life in California and over 40 years' residence in this city. Judge Hale was one of God's noblemen; conscientious, true, honest, brave. He was in every sense a good citizen, and his public career was one of continual activity. He was a lawyer of eminent ability, and he served his county and state in many positions of trust. The Judge was apparently strong in body up to a short time before he died; so well was he feeling that his wife left only about three weeks ago for a short visit with her daughter at San Diego. About the middle of last week he was taken suddenly ill -- not a painful illness but rather a stroke of feebleness. He gradually grew weaker, became semi-conscious, and died without any apparent pain. At the first instance of illness, Mrs. Hale was telegraphed for and his old friend, State Librarian Dana Perkins, took the first train out of Sacramento for Auburn. Mrs. Hale arrived Saturday afternoon. The shock was indeed a severe one, and the sympathy of the community goes out to her. James Ellery Hale was born in Smithfield, Bradford County, Pa., October 15, 1824, and therefore was nearly 71 years of age. He attended college, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. In 1846 he emigrated to and settled in Illinois. Learning of the gold find in California, he left Illinois in the spring of '49 and traveled across the plains with an ox team, landing in Sacramento, October 26, 1949, being then 25 years of age. From Sacramento he sought the mines of El Dorado and Placer, making the latter his permanent home ever since February 1852. He lived at Yankee Jims for some years but the majority of the time was spent at Auburn. From the earliest date of the golden era in California, Judge Hale has borne a conspicuous part in politics. In early life he was a Whig. In 1852 he was a Presidential Elector and also the Whig nominee for State Senator. The Democrats were victorious that year, and Hon. Joseph Walkup was elected Senator. In 1854 Hale was elected County Judge, defeating both Hugh Fitzsimmons and Abram Bronk, Democrats. This position he held until 1869 when he was succeeded by F. H. Vandecar, Democrat. When the Republican Party came into existence, Judge Hale affiliated with that organization and was elected to the State Senate by the Republicans in 1863. In 1867 Hale was appointed reporter to the Supreme Court by Governor Low, which position he held until 1871. In the presidential campaign between Grant and Greeley in 1872, Hale was an elector and was sent to Washington to cast California's vote for Grant. In the District Judge contest of 1875, Hale was beaten by T. P. Reardan of Nevada City, although he carried his own county by a handsome majority. Judge Hale was a member of the constitutional convention in 1878. He was defeated in 1879 for the Supreme Bench and elected in 1880 to the Assembly. Since that time he has practiced law in Auburn, excepting the last five years when his health would not permit. Judge Hale was married in July 1856 to Mary Hart Pierce at Smithfield, Pa. As a result of the union, three children were born but only one is living, Mrs. George Hawley of San Diego. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the family residence, the Rev. John Chisholm officiating and the following gentlemen acting as pallbearers: T. M. Nosler of San Francisco; B. F. Myres, John C. Boggs, J. T. Kinkade, E. M. Hall, W. M. Crutcher,

[Placer Herald, Auburn, Saturday, 9-28-1895]

J. M. Fulweiler, George W. Wallace. Mrs. Dana Perkins and Dana Jr. were up from Sacramento to attend the funeral as was also Mr. Wood of Oakland, an old-time friend of the Hale family. Mr. Perkins Sr. was unable to be here, owing to illness. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hall of Oakland were also present.


Other Information:

California State Roster, 1899 Government about James E. * Hale
Given Name: James E. *
Surname: Hale
Page #: 319
County: Placer
Position: Member State Senate
Session: 15, 16

John Easterbrook Hale
Birth 7 Sep 1796 in Warren, Rhode Island
Death 11 Jul 1863 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois

Rebecca Wood
Birth 16 May 1799 in Halifax, Windham, Vermont
Death 03 Apr 1851 in Orange, Knox, Illinois


Hollis Mason Hale
Birth Jul. 2, 1820 Smithfield, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Death Apr. 4, 1892 Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa

Talmedge Judson Hale
Birth 8 Apr 1823 in East Smithfield, Bradford, Pennsylvania
Death 18 Feb 1896 in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois

Eunice Wood Hale
Birth 20 Dec 1827 in Smithfield, Bradford, Pennsylvania
Death 9 Feb 1913 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois

Clayton Hale
Birth 7 Jan 1832 in Smithfield PA
Death 19 Feb 1896 in Des Moines, Iowa

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  • Created by: Glenda Ragan
  • Added: 16 Apr 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 88617454
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge James Ellery Hale (15 Oct 1824–22 Sep 1895), Find a Grave Memorial no. 88617454, citing Old Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Placer County, California, USA ; Maintained by Glenda Ragan (contributor 47164677) .