J. P. McCAMMON. A most capable member of his profession in Springfield is attorney J. P. McCammon who combines ability and a thorough training in legal principles with an industry and close application to the interests of his clients. His reputation and record are first class for integrity and trustworthiness in all matters entrusted to him. Mr McCammon came originally from Iowa, born in Henry County, May 25, 1853, and is a son of Samuel and Mary E. (Brown) McCammon. The father owes his nativity to the Keystone State and inherited the sturdy characteristics of his Scotch-Irish ancestors, being industrious and economical. Samuel McCammon followed the occupation of a farmer for many years in his native State, but in 1854 he moved to Iowa and continued his former pursuit in that new State. He bought a wild piece of land in Henry County, but later moved to Davis County, where his death occurred in 1863. He became a good citizen and was well respected for his many estimable qualities. In politics he advocated the platform of the Republican party, was public spirited and enterprising, and held a number of local offices, discharging the duties of the same in a very creditable manner and at all times and on all occasions proving his worth as a man. Mrs. McCammon, the mother of our subject, was born in Washington County, Ind., near Salem, and was the daughter of one of the early pioneers of that State. This excellent lady is still living and makes her home in Ash Grove, Greene County, Mo. Of the five children born to his parents J. P. McCammon was first in order of birth. The second child, William H., is a merchant of Perry, Iowa ; Jessie, married John Irwin, of Belvidere, Neb.; Augusta, became the wife of I. Woodridge, of Stockton, Mo., and Samuel A., resides in Colorado. The boyhood and youth of J. P. McCammon was passed on a farm in Iowa,. and until fifteen years of age he attended the district schools. He then entered the Iowa Wesleyan University at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and graduated from that institution in the class of 1877. The fall following this he began teaching in the university from which he had graduated and followed this profession until 1879, when he came to Springfield Mo. Here he continued his former occupation, and as he had studied law in Iowa and continued the same after reaching Missouri, he was admitted to the bar in 1881. While in the Hawkeye State he had studied law under J. B. Weaver, the greenbacker. He practiced his profession alone from 1881 until 1887 when he formed a partnership with Col. O. W. Thrasher and J. T. White, the same continuing until 1890, when Mr. Thrasher retired. Mr. McCammon continued in partnership with Mr. White and his law practice has grown to large proportions. During the years he has practiced his profession here he has shown himself to be endowed with superior ability, and his comprehensive knowledge of the law, together with the soundness of his judgment, secured him almost immediate recognition at the bar. He has ever been an active Republican and is a man interested in all public enterprises, no worthy movement being allowed to fail for want of support on his part. Mr. McCammon was elected city attorney in 1885, and served in that capacity until 1887. In the year 1889 be was married to Miss Lucy Owen, a native of Springfield, Mo., and the daughter of J. and Rush Owen. Two children have been born to this union, E. Rush, a bright little girl now three years old and John P. Jr. While actively following his profession Mr. McCammon is also interested in real estate and manufacturing. He is attorney for a number of corporations, and occupies an enviable place.
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