Hon. James I. Allread. - Ever since Ohio has had the law which elects judges on non partisan ballots, Hon. James
I. Allread never has had any opposition for the present office he holds as judge of the Court of Appeals of the
Second District, composing a large area of which Columbus, Dayton, and Springfield are the principal cities. Judge
Allread's judicial career began in western Ohio in February, 1895, in the Darken County circuit. Very soon after
his elevation to the bench he began to attract attention as a result of the opinions he rendered. His first service,
however, was when appointed by Governor McKinley to fulfill the unexpired term of Judge Shouck, who was elected
to the Ohio Supreme Court. He then returned to private practice until 1901. In that year he was made assistant
secretary of state under Lewis C. Laylin. Two years later he was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas of
Darke County for a six year term. In 1908 he was elected on the party ticket as judge of the Circuit Court, now
the Court of Common Pleas, and was reelected on the non Partisan ticket in 1914, 1920, and 1926.
Prior to his judicial experience Judge Allread took an active interest in politics as a Republican and was a delegate
to the Republican National Convention in 1888. While still a Republican in politics, partisan considerations are
strictly dismissed on the bench and no better public tribute could be paid him than the great confidence citizens
of both parties have consistently placed in him at the public elections. Judge Allread has been mentioned many
times for a membership on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Judge Allread was born on a farm near Arcanum, Darken County, Ohio, September 29, 1858, the son of Isaac and Hannah
C. (Houck) Allread. Isaac Allread was a farmer and at the time of his death, July 2, 1876, was the owner of a farm
of 225 acres near Arcanum, Ohio. His wife died in 1866. Their childern were: William S., lives at Greenville, Ohio;
Mary J. (Altread) Roll, lives at Dayton, Ohio; and James I., the subject of this sketch.
Judge Allread attended the common schools of Darken County, Ohio, and Greenville High School. He was admitted to
the bar of Ohio in October, 1879, and practiced continually until his appointment to the Circuit Court in 1895
by Governor McKinley. After the election in 1895 he returned to the practice of law. In 1901 he was appointed by
Lewis C. Laylin as his assistant in the office of Secretary of State and served until May 7, 1903, when his term
as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Parke County began. He served for five and one half years as judge of
that court and was then elevated to judge of the Circuit Court, his term as Circuit Judge beginning on February
9, 1909. He served on that bench until the Court of Appeals was created and has been serving on the latter court
until the present time.
On August 1, 1883, Judge Allread was married to Miss Emma S. Roland, of Greenville, Ohio, the daughter of Charles
and Amelia Roland, natives of Lancaster, Ohio. Mr. Roland died in May, 1918. His wife is also deceased. Judge and
Mrs. Allread have two children: Marie, born in 1886; and Harold C., born August 17, 1889, engaged in the practice
of law in Columbus.
Judge Allread is a member of the Franklin Park Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbus, and is affiliated with the
Masonic Lodge, being a member of the Commandery and Shrine. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias and Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks. Politically he is a Republican and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention
in 1892 and 1896.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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