James H. Hazlett, a prominent and prosperous attorney, practicing principally in irrigation laws and water rights
litigation, residing at Hood River, is a native of Illinois, born at Milford on Christmas Day, 1875. He is a son
of Hugh D. and Rachel O. (Slusher) Hazlett, the former of whom was a member of an Illinois pioneer family, of English
descent, while the latter came from a family of Dutch pioneers of Pennsylvania.
James H. Hazlett was educated in grade and high schools of his native town, at the Morgan Park Academy and at Harvard
University, being graduated from the latter institution in 1902. Having decided on law as a profession, he entered
upon a course at the Boston University Law School and was later admitted to practice in 1904 by the supreme court
of Massachusetts. Following his admission to the bar, he practiced for the next five years in the offices of two
well known law firms at Boston, but at the end of that period, owing to the state of his father's health, he returned
home and attended to his father's business interests.
It was in 1912 that Mr. Hazlett located at Hood River, Oregon, where he has since remained and has been successful
in building up a large and profitable practice. He gives most of his attention to irrigation laws and to laws dealing
with water rights, bringing to bear on both these a ripe experience and keen judgment. He was nominated for the
state Senate in 1918, to fill the unexpired term of Senator Wilbur, and lost the election by the small margin of
eighty four votes. He has always been a consistent supporter of the democratic party and ever active in its councils,
where his advice on current politics is freely sought.
Mr. Hazlett is a member of the Masonic order, a Knight Templar and a member of the Mystic Shrine. He also holds
membership in the Elks and in the Knights of Pythias, and in the latter order has passed through all the chairs,
being past chancellor commander and a delegate to the grand lodge. He is an earnest member of the Riverside church
and active in its work. During the World war, Mr. Hazlett took a prominent part in the promotion of all bond drives
and also served as one of the legal advisers of the draft board. Young, active and intensely public spirited, he
throws the weight of his support and influence in the direction of all civic affairs intended to advance the welfare
of his adopted city.
History of Oregon Illistrated
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922
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