Biography of J. Lenox Ward
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J. LENOX WARD
J. Lenox Ward, who for several years has been engaged in the general practice of law in Oakland, has had many years of professional experience, during which he has enjoyed a well merited reputation as an able, honorable and successful lawyer, and he commands a large and representative clientele. Mr. Ward was born in Shellrock, Butler county, Iowa, on the 15th of September, 1874, and is a son of Rev. Z. R. and Matilda (Myers) Ward, the former a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church. In 1882 the father took up a homestead in South Dakota, to which state he moved his family, establishing a residence in Parker, where he and his wife lived until their deaths.

J. Lenox Ward was about eight years old when the family moved to South Dakota and in the schools of that state he secured his preliminary education, graduating from the high school at Parker in 1893. He entered Upper Iowa University, from which he was graduated in 1898, after which he taught school for two years. He was graduated from law school in 1904 and in that year moved to Yakima, Washington. He was county clerk of Yakima county, serving during 1906-7, and in the following year entered actively upon the practice of law. In 1908 he was elected prosecuting attorney of Yakima county, serving until 1912, the full time allowed by law, after which he devoted his attention closely to the practice of his profession until 1924, when he came to Oakland and opened offices in the Bank of Italy building, where he is still located. A constant student of his profession, determined and resourceful in the handling of all cases entrusted to him, he has earned a high place among the capable and reliable attorneys of the Alameda county bar and commands both the respect of his colleagues and the confidence of the public.

In 1900 Mr. Ward was united in marriage to Miss Mabel Penney, of Staceyville, Iowa, and they are the parents of two sons, Roland C. and Robert F. Mr. Ward is a member of the Masonic order, in which he has received the thirty second degree of the Scottish rite; the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Sons of the American Revolution, having had eight ancestors in the war for independence. He is a gentleman of straightforward manner and agreeable personality, absolutely dependable under all circumstances, and is regarded as one of his community's best citizens.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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