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John L. McGinn

JOHN L. McGINN is one of the clever and aggressive lawyers of Alaska. He came to Nome in the spring of 1900, and after his mining experiences on Saturday Creek during that summer was appointed Assistant United States Attorney, October 15, 1900. July 12, 1901, he was placed in full charge of the United States Attorney's office, and during the term of court held by Judge Wickersham in the Second Judicial Division, he went to Dutch Harbor and prosecuted and secured the conviction of Hardy the murderer, the only man ever hanged at Nome.

Mr. McGinn also prosecuted the celebrated riot cases. After the appointment of Colonel Grigsby as United States Attorney, he was continued in the office as a deputy, but resigned January 22, 1903. In April of that year Judge Moore appointed him as acting United States Attorney for the district, Colonel Grigsby being absent in the states. Upon Colonel Grigsby 's arrival in the spring of 1903 he relinquished the position and opened an office for the practice of law. He has since been connected with some of the most important cases of the District Court at Nome, and has acquired an extensive and a lucrative practice.

Mr. McGinn was born in Portland, Oregon, February 26, 1871. His father came to Oregon in 1854. After receiving a public school education, Mr. McGinn took a law course in the University of Oregon, and was graduated from that institution in 1893. He was associated with his brother in the practice of law until 1898, when he went to the Philippines with the Second Oregon Regiment. He saw thirteen months of service, and was in twenty-two engagements and skirmishes. After he was mustered out he practiced law in the Philippines from June until November, returning to Portland in January, 1900. Since 1900 he has been identified with the legal profession in Nome and has made an enviable record as a lawyer. Mr. McGinn is concise and logical. He is strong and forceful in argument, untiring in industry and zealous in the pursuit of a cause. He and Miss Elsa Searing were married in Nome April 20, 1904.  

Source: Nome and Seward Peninsula by R. S. Harrison. Seattle: The Metropolitan Press, 1905.




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