Biography of John A. Lawler
Adams County, NE Biographies





John A Lawler, devoting his energies to law practice at Hastings, is one of the younger members of the bar who has already attained a position that many another representative of the profession might well envy. He was born in Gladstone, Michigan, on the 18th of January, 1889, a son of Thomas C. and Matilda J. Lawler, the former special agent and insurance adjuster. The family located in Hastings in 1900 and the parents still remain residents of this city.

John A. Lawyer was a lad of eleven years When the family removed to Hastings and in the public schools he continued his education, while later he became a student in the Kearney Military Academy, from which he was graduated with the class of 1910. He then entered upon the study of law in the University of Nebraska, completing his course by graduation in 1913. He then opened his office in Hastings and has been very successful in following his profession. Along with those qualities indispensable to the lawyer - a keen, rapid, logical mind, plus the business sense and a ready capacity for hard work, he brought to the starting point of his career certain rare gifts - eloquence of language and a strong personality. An excellent presence, an earnest, dignified manner, marked strength of character, a thorough grasp of the law and the ability to accurately apply its principles are factors in his effectiveness as an advocate.

In his political views Mr. Lawler is a democrat and was one of the organizers and served as first president of the Young Men's Democratic Club of Adams county during the last campaign. In November, 1914, he was elected justice of the peace on the democratic ticket and is now filling that position. In religious faith he is an Episcopalian and is serving as vestryman and treasurer of St. Mark's Episcopal church. In Masonry he has attained the third degree in the blue lodge and in his life he exemplifies the beneficent spirit of the craft. He also belongs to the Hastings Bar Association, of which he is the secretary. He is regarded by contemporaries and colleagues, as well as by the general public, as one of the rising young lawyers of his part of the state and already his position is a most creditable and enviable one. He was a candidate for nomination at the April, 1916, primaries of the democratic party for county attorney.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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