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Wayne, James Alfred

JAMES ALFRED WAYNE.
James Alfred Wayne, who for the past three years has been county attorney of Shoshone county, is one of the brilliant and promising young members of the legal fraternity of Wallace. His birth occurred at Houghton, Michigan, on the 5th of December, 1880, his parents being Benjamin Franklin and Mary Ann (Quirk) Wayne, the father of American extraction, and the mother a native of the Isle of Man, but now a resident of Spokane. His father was one of those who responded to the country's call in the '60s, going to the front with the Twenty-fifth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.

Although a native of Michigan, James Alfred Wayne spent a large portion of his boyhood and youth in Iowa, acquiring his preliminary education in the public schools of Alta, that state. After graduating from the high school in 1899 he entered the University of Minnesota, where he pursued a law course, being graduated with the degree of LL.B. with the class of 1903. He was admitted to the bar soon thereafter and began his professional life as a member of the legal department of the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, continuing in the service of this company until 1904. Believing that the west afforded a wider field and greater opportunities to a young man, Mr. Wayne then came to Wallace, where he established an office and engaged in general practice. Possessed of more than average capabilities, he soon won recognition by reason of his skill in untangling legal technicalities and discovering the minor points upon which the decision of a case so often hinges. Mr. Wayne is well qualified both by nature and training for the profession he has elected to follow, his keen mental faculties, fluency of expression and quick reasoning powers most ably serving him in all forensic encounters. In November, 1908, he was elected county attorney and reelected to the same office at the expiration of his term in 1910. During the period of his incumbency his manner of handling the county's cases has at all times met with the full expectations of his constituency, serving not only to sustain but strengthen their confidence in the wisdom of their choice.

In September, 1910, Mr. Wayne was united in marriage to Miss Alice M. Wade, a daughter of James H. and Ella Wade of Mullan, Idaho, the parents being among the pioneer settlers of this section, having located here in 1884 and ever since making it their home.

Mr. Wayne is a stanch republican in his political views, deeming the policy of that party best adapted to sustain the highest interests of the majority. He is an active member of the Knights of Pythias, having passed through all of the chairs, and also of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Wallace Lodge, No. 881. Besides his professional duties and official responsibilities, Mr. Wayne is now acting as secretary of The LaClede Mining Company and is vice president of the Amalgamated Stockholding Company of Wallace, while he served as a director of the Wallace National Bank of Wallace for one year. Although he has only passed his thirty-first year, in all of his various connections, both commercially and legally, Mr. Wayne has given conclusive proof of possessing those qualities that make the success of his career in almost any field assured.

History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County Washington 1912



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