PRIEST, JAMES O., a well known and successful attorney-at-law, of Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., was born in Bloomfield, Scott County, Ill., March 9, 1863, the son of Henry and Sarah (Ward) Priest, whose ancestors were of German origin, and emigrated to this country before the Revolutionary War. His parents were born near McConnellsville, Morgan County, Ohio, in 1854, locating in Bloomfield, where they lived together until the father's death in 1901. His widow is still living on the home estate.
In early youth James O. Priest received his primary mental training in the public schools, and afterward spent three years in the Northern Indiana Normal School, at Valparaiso, Ind. While there he attended law lectures and after their completion read law with Hon. J. M. Riggs, of Winchester, Ill. After serving three terms as City Attorney of Winchester, he located in Jacksonville June 19, 1893, and opened his present office, where he has since practiced law with notable success. Mr. Priest is generally recognized as one of the ablest lawyers at the Jacksonville bar, and enjoys the unreserved confidence and respect of his clientele.
On December 30, 1890, Mr. Priest was united in marriage with Annie Hurd, of
Winchester, Ill., and three children have been born of this union, namely:
Winnie, born July 3, 1894; Henry Hurd, who was born March 30, and died July 10,
1896; and Martha, born February 26, 1901.