Noted Judge Died Friday at Home of Daughter in . Pontiac, Mich*
Judge Samuel ,Pettit Alexander, 71, noted judge and attorney, and> one of the leading attorneys of/ northwestern Ohio, died Friday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Aaron D. Riker, Pohtiac, Mich., where he had gone to take treatment for Bright's dis¬ ease* l-'ii?'\(\*b2~'
Funeral services were held Sun¬ day afternoon from the family res¬ idence in Port Clinton. Rev. Mr. Cleland conducted the service, in the absence of Rev. Mr. Lawson, pastor of St. Thomas' church, who was out of town. The body was taken back to Pontiac for burial. The pallbearers were: Robert, Wil¬ liam and Vincent Gill, Henry Mil¬ ler, Charles Matthews and Dr. Riker.
Mr. Alexander was born in Co¬ lumbus, March 29, 1861. He was the son of David and Harriet Alex¬ ander ,and came with his parents to Marblehead, Ohio, when two years of age. Here on a site over¬ looking Sandusky Bay, Cedar Point and Johnson's Island, his boyhood days were spent.
He attended Oberlin College and later read law under the late Judge Malcolm Kelly, in Port Clinton. He was admitted to the Bar and con¬ tinued to practice in the courts of Ottawa county during the remain¬ der of his life. He was an able, honest and painstaking attorney. In 1907 he was elected a Common Pleas judge hf this district and served one term as judge of the Common Pleas court and he also held court in the other counties of the district.
The following excerpt, printed in a Port Clinton newspaper, shows the esteem in which he was held:
"There never wTas a more pains¬ taking, conscientious, careful man elected to the judgeship than S. ,P. Alexander, and if these qualifica¬ tions, coupled with a thorough knowledge of the law, and a nat¬ ural disposition to measure out ex¬ act and equal justice to all count for anything in this exalted posi¬ tion, no one will ever have cause to regret S. P. Alexander's eleva-1 tio'n to the judgeship."
He was a charter member of the Marblehead lodge, Knights of Pythias, a member of the Colonial club, of this place, and was the first Commodore of the Port Clin¬ ton Yacht club. For many years be was the secretary-treasurer of Ife East Clinton Lumber & Coal
On November 25, 1895, he was married to Miss Mary Lee Rice, of Sandusky, who, with their daugh¬ ter, Mrs. Aaron D. Riker, of Pon¬ tiac, Mich., and a sister, Mrs. 3. W. Benschoten, of New Haven, Conn., survive him.
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