Biography of Egbert Jamieson
Cook County, Il Biographies

JAMIESON, EGBERT. ó Came to Chicago in 1864, and immediately began the study of law in the office of E. S. Smith, where Judge Magruder and the late Emery A. Storrs were employed as clerks. He was admitted to the bar in 1868, and his first partner in the practice of his profession was Judge James H. Knowlton. Shortly afterward Frank Scales, the county judge, became a member of the firm, which continued to exist until just before the great fire. Before coming to Chicago Mr. Jamieson had learned the printerís trade in the office of the Racine county (Wisconsin) Democrat, and later served a term as editorial writer on the Milwaukee Daily News. During his career as a lawyer he has been connected with much large litigation, especially involving titles. One of the most important suits with which he had to deal was the controversy growing out of the Thomas Hoyne-Harvey D. Colvin mayoralty difficulty. He became Mayor Colvinís city attorney in 1873. He was the first lawyer to give an opinion that by the adoption of the new city charter the city officers would hold over. The Citizensí Association, which at that time took a leading part in municipal matters, favored the adoption of this charter, but Mr. Jamiesonís irresistible logic convinced them that it would be unwise to adopt the charter, and they became violently opposed to it. But the city hall faction carried the day, and the charter, too. Then followed the call for an election for mayor, and Mayor Colvinís cause in this eventful fight was fought by Egbert Jamieson, who had associated with him Judge Beckwith, W. C. Goudy and James P. Root. In 1886 he was elected judge of the county court, and after four years of honorable service on the bench, he resigned the position in 1890 to become the general counsel of the North and West Chicago street railway companies. He has done considerable literary work and many brilliant sketches from his pen have appeared in the various magazines. He is the author of one drama, which years ago was given a successful production in this city.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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