An attorney of San Jose whose career as a successful practitioner is of exceptional interest is James Sumner McGinnis, who was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, on October 31, 1863. His father, John F. McGinnis, a native of Pennsylvania and a farmer there, had married Miss Susannah Dotts, also born in that state. When James S. was six years old his parents removed to Lucas County, Iowa, and there the mother passed away in 1871. John F. McGinnis served in the One Hundred Ninety-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War and was prominent in the ranks of the G.A.R. in Iowa, where he engaged in farming until his death in 1895. Besides James S., the eldest of the family, Mr. and Mrs. McGinnis were the parents of a daughter, Minerva, who became the wife of Clem T. Smith and now resides Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

In the pursuit of an education, James S. McGinnis attended the public schools of his locality and alter studied at Western College, at Toledo, Tama County, Iowa, and when he was well equipped for such work he taught school, and also farmed for a couple of years. In 1886 he entered the office of McMillan and Kindall at Onawa, Iowa, where he studied law, and four years later, in Nebraska, he was admitted to the bar, having removed to that state a short time before. Being ambi-
tious, he had acquired much facility in the use of short nad entirely through his own study, while attending school, so that when he began the study of law he found it very helpful to him. After practising a short time in Nebraska, he came to California in 1891, and a few months later he located in San Jose, where he established himself in the legal profession, in which he has made such a success, enjoying a large clientele and a highly lucrative practice. Not being an office seeker, he has devoted all his energies to the interests of his growing body of clients, with consequent satisfaction to all desirous of unselfish, watchful service.

At Santa Cruz, on September 1, 1891, Mr. McGinnis was married to Miss Edith Forrest of that city, an accomplished and charming lady, and they have had two children, Viola Forrest, a graduate nurse of St. Francis Hospital, San Francisco, where she now holds a responsible institutional position, and Summner D.
McGinnis, a student at Stanford University. The quiet of domestic life and the pleasures of gardening have alway attracted Mr. McGinnis; and when wishing a change, he has found it in the mountains, along the streams, or in the circles of the Masons, the Knights of Pythias, and other societies. He is a Master Mason and has belonged to the Knights of Pythias for thirty-six years. A Republican in his preference for national party platforms, he is independent in his devotion to the interests of his adopted state. During the American participation in the World War, the president of the Couonty Bar Association, of which Mr. McGinnis is a member, appointed him to assist drafted soldiers in preparing their questionnaires, and he gave much of his time in fulfilling this patriotic service.
Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 523


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