Biography of Fletcher M. Doan
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FLETCHER MORRIS DOAN. lawyer and jurist, was born at Circleville, Pickawav County, Ohio, July 21. 1846, and is the son of John and Maria Doan. He received his early education in the public schools of Circleville and afterward entered Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio, from which he was graduated with the degree A. B. in 1867 and A. M. in 1872. He was also graduated from the Albany School at Albany, N. Y., with the degree LL. B. He was admitted to the practice of law before the Supreme Court of Missouri in 1869 and was a member of the Pike County Bar. He came to Arizona in 1888 and was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Territory, and served as District Attorney for Pinal County from 1894 to 1897, in which latter year he was appointed Associate justice of the Supreme Court and Judge of the Second Judicial District of Arizona, retaining this position until Arizona became a State on February 14th, 1912, when he resumed the practice of law in Tombstone, the county seat of Cochise County, and the home of Judge Doan. During his early years in Arizona his friends and himself spent a large sum of money and much of their time and energy in an effort to make a success of the South Gila Canal, which was intended to irrigate 150,000 acres of valley and mesa land in Yuma County; and while the attempt failed at the time, through the continued efforts of some of his friends and Captain Woodworth, the original promoter has enlisted a vast amount of French capital and hopes the system will yet become a complete success. judge Doan is a Republican in his political views, and a Methodist in his religious affiliations. In 1873 he married Miss Anna Murray. daughter of Honorable Samuel F. and Frances Murray, at Bowling Green, Mo. He was Grand Templar of the Independent Order of Good Templars in 1898. and Grand Master of the Masonic Order from November, 1908, to February, 1910, and Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1910. In addition to the duties of his profession, Judge Doan has always been associated with business interests in Arizona, and he is at present president of the Arizona Bank & Trust Company of Douglas.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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