Hon. James Paull


HON. JAMES PAULL, deceased, formerly a supreme judge of West Virginia, was born near St. Clairsville, Ohio, in 1818. His parents, George and Elizabeth Paull, were among the early settlers of western Pennsylvania. Early in life Judge Paull manifested those studious and industrious habits of mind which made him so successful in subsequent life. Preparing himself for admission to Washington college, Pennsylvania, he distinguished himself as a student there, and was graduated in the class of 1835. He then chose the profession of law as his profession and made his home at Wheeling, where for many years he was a distinguished lawyer and a citizen honored both by the community and state. He died at Wellsburg, May 11, 1875, at the age of fifty-two years, being at that time one of the judges of the supreme court of West Virginia. He was twice married, first to Jane A., daughter of Judge Fry, and subsequently to Eliza J., daughter of Samuel and Sydney (Heiskell) Ott. He left at his death five children: James, who married Marianna, daughter of J. G. Jacob, of Wellsburg, W. Va.; Harry W., manager of the Eagle Glass works of Lazearville, a branch of the Nail City Lantern company of Wheeling, W. Va., and a bright and promising business man; Samuel O., connected with the Nail City Lantern company, and Margaret S. and Elizabeth. Mrs. Eliza J. Paull survives, with her residence at Wellsburg. SHe and the children are active members of the Presbyterian church, of which James has been an elder for several years. Mrs. Paull's parents were natives of Virginia, he of Winchester and she of Woodstock. He died in August 1868 aged sixty-nine and she August 5, 1882, aged seventy-seven years. Both were devout CHristians and earnest workers, the memory of whom is an inspiration to good and useful living. The father was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Wheeling; was one of the founders of the Second church, which was largely indebted to his prudence and generosity for success; and he aided also in the establishment of the THird church. No layman has since done more by aid or activity to advance the Presbyterian cause in Wheeling.

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