Biography of Jesse M. Galloway
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Jesse McClelland Galloway is now serving for the fourth term as city attorney of Wahoo and his election for the office again and again indicates clearly the ability which he displays in the discharge of his duties. He is a lawyer of superior ability, having remained a close and discriminating student of the profession throughout the years of his active practice. He was born in Smartsburg, near Crawfordsville, Indiana, March 24, 1867. His paternal grandfather, William Galloway, was a native of Ohio. His ancestors came from the north of Ireland but had long been residents of the United States. When he settled in Indiana stumps were still standing in the main street of Crawfordsville and teams had to drive around them and the logs that had been felled. William Galloway, father of J. M. Galloway, was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, March 22, 1821, and became a blacksmith. Later, however, he engaged in farming, which occupation he followed the rest of his active life. He was married in 1846, at Hillsboro, Indiana, to Miss Rachael Ellen Bailey, a native of Culpeper, Virginia, and a representative of a family of Pennsylvania-Dutch origin. After living in Indiana until 1856, Mr. and Mrs. William Galloway removed to Mankato, Minnesota, and in 1858 returned to Crawfordsville, Indiana, living in that place and in the vicinity of the town until 1871, when they took up their abode at Mace, Indiana. There the father died in 1889, while his wife passed away in 1893.

Jesse M. Galloway attended Wabash College at Crawfordsville, Indiana, and after preparing for the profession of teaching followed that calling in his native state from 1886 until 1893. In the latter year he came to Saunders county, Nebraska, and was elected principal of the Mead schools, remaining in charge there for five years. At the end of that time he was elected superintendent of schools of Saunders county, filling the position for two terms, during which he largely furthered the interests of education in this locality. He determined to make teaching, however, the initial step to other professional labor and in 1902 entered the law department of the University of Michigan. He was honored by being chosen secretary of the university oratorical board, being elected to that office by his fellow students. He was graduated in law in June, 1905, and in October of that year located for practice in Yahoo. where he has since remained. The following year he was elected county attorney of Saunders county and made such an excellent record during his first term's service that he was reelected without opposition. In 1911 he was appointed city attorney of Wahoo and is now serving for the fourth term by appointment of the mayor. In 1910 he was appointed legal member of the county board of the insanity commission and occupied that position for two years. He possesses a mind that is analytical, logical and inductive and his clear reasoning is one of the strong points in his success at the bar. He has the faculty of separating the important and salient features of a case from those points which are merely incidental, while the clearness of his argument seldom fails to win success for his client.

On the 18th of June, 1893, in Clear Creek precinct, Saunders county, Nebraska, Mr. Galloway was united in marriage to Miss Bertha E. Fletcher, daughter of Benjamin F. and Hettie Fletcher, who were natives of Indiana but settled in Saunders county, where both passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Galloway have two children, Lucile E. and Cecil F. Mr. and Mrs. Galloway attend the Presbyterian church, while his political allegiance is given to the democratic party. He has held no offices outside the strict path of the two professions to which he has devoted his life but has concentrated his efforts upon teaching and upon the practice of law, and his close application, his indefatigable energy and his laudable ambition are carrying him steadily forward to success.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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