Biography of John J. Hawkins
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JOHN J. HAWKINS, who is one of the best known, and considered one of the best informed and ablest attorneys in the state, came to Arizona in 1883. He is recognized as an authority on mining law, but his practice is general, and is the largest in Northern Arizona. He was born in Saline County, Mo., January 4, 1855, and is the son of George Scott and Frances Gauldin Hawkins. He was educated at William Jewell College and the University of Missouri, studied law with Honorable Thomas Shackleford, Glasgow, Mo., was admitted to the bar of that state in 1878, and there until 1883 he continued the practice of his profession. In the latter year he came to Arizona to make his home, and in the almost thirty years that Judge Hawkins has been a resident of the state he has made and maintained a record that is unexcelled. He was soon selected Judge of the Probate Court of Yavapai County, and has held numerous positions in the Territory, among them Territorial Auditor, member of Council in the Legislative Assembly, and Justice of the Supreme Court. He has also been President of the Arizona Bar Association and Northern Arizona Bar Association ; member of the General Council of the American Bar Association, and is now Vice President of the American Bar Association for Arizona, and was delegate to the Universal Congress of Lawyers and Jurists, at St. Louis, in 1904. Judge Hawkins is a member of the P. E. Church and an earnest worker in its behalf, being Chancellor of the Missionary District of Arizona, and on two occasions has been Lay Delegate to the General Convention. He is a member of the National Geographic Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and of the Chamber of Commerce at Prescott; is a prominent Mason, belonging to both the Mystic Shrine and Knights Templar, as well as to the Yavapai Club and the California Club. He was married May 5, 1885, to Miss Olive Birch, of Glasgow, Mo.

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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