Biography of Hon. John Carmody of Hillsboro, North Dakota

Hon. John Carmody, born January 6, 1854, in Granville, Wisconsin, is a distinguished member of the North Dakota bar. After moving to Minnesota at fourteen, he was educated in local schools and high schools in Waseca and Faribault. Admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1880, he practiced law in Waseca before relocating to Hillsboro, North Dakota, in 1885. Carmody has served as mayor, city attorney, and state’s attorney of Traill County. Appointed as associate justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court in 1909, he is recognized for his judicial acumen. Married to Anna Madden, he has three children: Winifred, Irene, and George.

Hon John Carmody
Hon John Carmody

Hon. John Carmody, who has been a member of the bar of North Dakota, nearly a quarter of a century, is a native of Wisconsin. He was born on a farm in the town of Granville, in Milwaukee county, January 6, 1854, and is a son of John and Mary (Purcell) Carmody. He acquired his schooling in the common schools of his native place and of Waseca county, Minnesota, whither his parents moved when he was fourteen years old, and also attended the high schools of Waseca and Faribault. With this preparatory education he became a law student, and clerk in the office of the Hon. James E. Child, at Waseca, and when twenty-six years old, in March, 1880, was admitted to the bar of Minnesota. He practiced his profession at Waseca some five years, and in August, 1885, established himself at Hillsboro, North Dakota, where he has since made his home.

During the years of his residence at Hillsboro, Mr. Carmody has been closely identified with the growth and development of the town and especially active in matters relative to his profession. He has served the city as mayor and as city attorney, has served as state’s attorney of Traill county, is a member of the State Bar Association, and has served it as vice-president, president, and has held like offices in the North Dakota Volunteer Firemen’s Association, of which he is a life member. He is a man of judicial temperament, clear headed, and logical, and a thorough student of the law, and his appointment as associate justice of the supreme court of North Dakota, by Governor Burke, on January 15, 1909, was a well fitting and well merited recognition of his eminent fitness for that high office.

Judge Carmody was married July 12, 1886, at Waseca, Minnesota, to Miss Anna Madden. Has three children, named Winifred M., Irene F., and George Christie.

Is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Independent Order of Foresters, Brotherhood of American Yeoman, Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of United Workmen of the State of North Dakota, and is grand master of the Grand Lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workman of the State of North Dakota.


C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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