Barbour, James Joseph
born Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, December 28, 1869;
Upon admission to the bar at age of 21, in 1891, James Joseph Barbour became attorney for the Commercial National Bank of Chicago, and continued as such until the death of Henry F. Eames, its president, in 1897. In 1894 associated in law partnership with Joseph A. Sleeper, and so continued until the latter retired from practice; since then has practiced alone. Appointed as Assistant State's Attorney, 1904 by Charles S. Deneen, reappointed by John J. Healy in December, 1904, and was 1st assistant, 1907-8; as prosecutor obtained convictions of Inga Hanson for perjury in her suit against Chicago City Railway for alleged personal injuries; of Dr. Lucy Hagenow, sentenced to 20 yrs. for murder, resulting from illegal operation; assisted in prosecution of officials of Milwaukee Avenue State Bank; conducted trial of Iroquois Theater Fire case at Danville, Illinois; removed Lipsey habeas corpus case to Illinois Supreme Court by certiorari, and obtained decision denying right of habeas corpus writ after conviction affirmed by the Supreme Court. In case of Herman Billik, murder by poisoning, obtained initial decision in U.S. Supreme Court that that court could not hear appeals from orders denying habeas corpus writs except upon certificate of judge that appeal is meritorious; prosecuted first Sunday saloon closing case; during the afternoon of Monday, November 16, 1908, caused arrest, indictment, trial, and sentence for forgery of Peter Van Vlissingen, real estate dealer, guilty of forgeries exceeding $1,000,000; resigned Tuesday, December 1, 1908, to enter private practice. Active during 1909-14, litigation in New York City and Chicago In behalf of Mrs. Mary A. Yerkes, involving her interests in the estate of her late husband, Charles Tyson Yerkes; of counsel for defense in Eastland disaster prosecution in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Michigan (1915-16), obtaining decision absolving boat owners and navigators from blame; organized, and first president Rogers Park National Bank, 1913-15; elected member of the Illinois Senate, 6th Senatorial District, 1916; active in real estate and building operations.