JOHN C. TRIGG.
The subject of this review is actively connected with a profession which has important bearing upon the progress
and stable prosperity of any section or community, and one which has long been considered as conserving the public
welfare by furthering the ends of justice and maintaining public right. He today occupies a. creditable position
in the ranks of the legal fraternity of Joplin, where he has resided since May, 1873.
Mr. Trigg is one of Missouri's native sons, his birth having occurred in Saline county, in 1843. The family is
of Welsh extraction, and the grandfather, William Trigg, was a general in the state militia of Virginia. He made
his homed in that commonwealth, and was a man of prominence and influence. His son, John A. Trigg, the father of
our subject, was born, reared and educated in Virginia, and about 1825 removed from Albemarle county to Saline
county, Missouri, where he spent his remaining days. About 1830 he was admitted to the bar, and thereafter was
actively engaged in the practice of law for a number of years. He was elected circuit clerk, a position whose duties
are now embraced in three county offices, and served in that capacity for twelve years, or until the time of his
death, which occurred in 1873, when he was sixty three years of age. He was well known in professional circles,
and his long continuation in office stands in unmistakable evidence of his ability and fidelity. He married Rebecca
Bingham, a daughter of Wyatt Bingham, of a distinguished family of the Old Dominion. She was born in Virginia and
was of English lineage.
In the public schools of Saline, Cooper and Pettis counties, John C. Trigg pursued his education, and after preparing
for the bar was admitted to practice at Boonville, Missouri, in 1865. He then established an office at Marshall,
the county seat of Saline county, where he remained until 1873, when he came to Joplin, where he has since made
his home. He has been city attorney here for eight different terms. His service has not been consecutive, but again
and again he has been called to the office, showing that he is most prompt and faithful in the discharge of the
duties devolving upon him. His logical grasp of facts and principles and of the law applicable to them has been
a potent element in his success, and a remarkable clearness of expression, an adequate and precise diction, which
enables him to make others understand not only the salient points of his argument, but his every fine gradation
of meaning, may be accounted one of his most conspicuous gifts and accomplishments.
Mr. Trigg was united in marriage to Miss Marian W. Finlay, daughter of W. H. Finlay, for many years judge of Saline
county. They had one son, Walker B., an attorney at law, who died in Joplin in December, 1900, at the age of thirty
one years. When of age he was admitted to the bar and for ten years practiced in Joplin in connection with his
father. He was also active in other business and was prominent in county, affairs. Socially he was a Mason. Mr.
and Mrs. Trigg have one daughter, E. Blanche, who is at home. Socially Mr. Trigg is a representative of the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks and of the Commercial Club, serving as president of the latter in 1896. He is now the
mayor of Joplin, having been elected on the Democratic ticket in April, 1901, accepting the candidacy after urgent
solicitation from men on both sides. He was reared in the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and is deply interested
in everything pertaining to the welfare and progress of his community.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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