Biography of Loyal H. McCarthy
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LOYAL H. McCARTHY.
Although reared upon a farm, Loyal. H. McCarthy early determined to devote his life to professional pursuits and, deciding upon the practice of law, prepared for that calling, which he has followed in Portland since August, 1908. He was born upon a farm in Waukesha county, Wisconsin, July 4, 1877, and comes of Irish or Scotch-Irish ancestry on his father's side, his paternal grandfather having been a native of Ireland, where he was engaged in the flour milling business. He came to the new world, spending his last days in Wisconsin, where he passed away in the '70s. William McCarthy, father of Loyal H. McCarthy, was born in Dublin, Ireland, October 31, 1836, and was a youth of thirteen years when in 1849 he came to the United States with his father, who was on an inspection trip of American mills. On the 7th of February, 1860, he married Lydia Holcombe. His death occurred in Albion, Wisconsin, September 15, 1918, and his widow survived him for about a year, passing away in Albion, November 13, 1919.

Loyal H. McCarthy was reared on his father's farms in Waukesha and Dane counties, Wisconsin, to the age of eighteen years. In the acquirement of his education he attended the country schools and the Edgerton (Wis.) high school, while later he became a student in the Albion Academy and Normal Institute, from which he was graduated on the completion of the philosophical course. Before taking up the study of law he felt it advisable to have other business training and pursued a course in the Northwestern Business College at Madison, Wisconsin. He then entered the University of Wisconsin in preparation for the bar and was graduated in 1901 upon the completion of his course in law. Soon afterward he opened a law office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at which time he possessed a capital of but twenty five dollars. He had paid his own way through college and thus displayed the elemental strength of his character, which as the years have passed has manifested itself in determination, energy and persistency of purpose. Although advancement at the bar is proverbially slow, he was not long in gaining a self sustaining practice and did well during the latter part of the four and one half years in which he remained in Milwaukee. He then went to Nevada to look after the mining interests of a client and became imbued with the spirit of the west, resulting in his determination to make his home in this section of the country. After looking about for a favorable location he chose Portland, where he arrived in August, 1908, and through the intervening period he has been a representative of the bar of this city. He has been connected with much important litigation and at all times he has displayed accuracy in the application of the principles of jurisprudence to the points at issue. As the years have passed he has also become connected with business enterprises of importance and is general counsel and attorney for the F. B. Mallory Company, dealers in logging supplies. the Clarke County Iron Works, the Oregon Artificial Limb Company, the Portland Brick & Tile Company and other corporations and is a member of the saw milling firm of McCarthy & Hamlet but allows none of his other interests to divert his attention from the practice of law.

On the 4th of June, 1913, in Portland, Mr. McCarthy was married to Miss Vieve Cecil, her father being William C. Cecil of Portland, a native of Missouri. Mrs. McCarthy is a graduate of St. Helens Hall and finished her education at the University of Oregon. She comes from well known English families in both the paternal and maternal lines. The Cecil family is one of England's most distinguished families, many of its members having held high offices. Lord Robert Cecil of the present generation is an active member of the British government. Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy have become the parents of a son, William Cecil, born May 8, 1916. They are members of the First Congregational church.

Fraternally Mr. McCarthy is a Mason and has attained the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite, while with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine he has crossed the sands of the desert, the order ever finding in him an exemplary representative. In politics he is a republican and, while not an office seeker, has always been keenly interested in good government and his aid and influence are always on the side of right and progress. He is a member of the Oregon Civic League and is president of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Society of Portland, Oregon.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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