Biography of Willis Vickery
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIS VICKERY, distinguished Cleveland lawyer and jurist, was born at Bellevue, Huron County, Ohio, November 26, 1857, and soon afterward the family home was established on a farm in Erie County, removal having later been made to Sandusky County, where the subject of this review was reared to manhood on the home farm. In 1880 Judge Vickery was graduated in the high school at Clyde, and thereafter he studied law and gave his attention to teaching in the public schools until he entered the law department of Boston University, Massachusetts, in which he was graduated in 1884. In 1885 he formed a law partnership with his brother Jesse, and they opened an office at Bellvue, where the alliance continued until the removal of Judge Vickery to Cleveland, in 1896. Here Judge Vickery continued in the successful practice of his profession until he assumed his place on the bench of the Common Pleas Court of the fourth subdivision of the third judicial district of Ohio. In this office he made a record of eminent success, and he has been prominent also in the educational work of his profession, especially in his service as secretary of the Cleveland Law School. On the bench Judge Vickery has been called upon to render decisions in many important cases, including a number of major bearing upon the welfare of Cleveland, and he has proved one of the able and representative members of the Ohio judiciary. He is a republican, is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and Knights of Pythias, and - is a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and is identified with various professional and social organizations of representative order.

Judge Vickery is known as a bibliophile and a man of exceptional culture and literary ability. He has one of the best private libraries in Cleveland, is known throughout the United States as an enthusiastic Shakespearean student, and has given service as president of the New York Shakespeare Society, besides having membership in the Bibliophile Society of Boston, the Carteret Book Club of Newark, New Jersey, and the Rowfant Club of Cleveland. He has served as president of Rowfant Bindery Company, known for its great artistic work in the binding of books. Judge Vickery is a popular lecturer on literary subjects, and there is much call for service in this capacity, besides which he has written and published several books.

By his first marriage Judge Vickery is the father of two sons and one. daughter, the mother, whose maiden name was Anna L. Snyder, having died when the younger son was an infant. The second marriage of Judge Vickery was with Eleanor R. Grant, of Boston, and she died in 1902. In 1904 was solemnized his marriage to Mrs. Rosalie Griggs Mayberry, of Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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