• Creator
  • NGHCLaborDay.mov; Phillips, J. M. (1873-1959)
  • Description
  • Clip title supplied by cataloger. James M. Phillips was an attorney, Mayor of Aberdeen, and is believed to be the first Native American to serve asa judge in the Washington state court system. Phillips was born in 1873 in North Carolina and was primarily Cherokee, although he had ancestry in other Native American Tribes, as well. He attended the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania and played football under coach “Pop” Warner and was a teamm... more
    Clip title supplied by cataloger. James M. Phillips was an attorney, Mayor of Aberdeen, and is believed to be the first Native American to serve asa judge in the Washington state court system. Phillips was born in 1873 in North Carolina and was primarily Cherokee, although he had ancestry in other Native American Tribes, as well. He attended the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania and played football under coach “Pop” Warner and was a teammate of Jim Thorpe. Phillips attended law school at Dickinson College of Law and attended post-graduate law classes at Northwestern University and Chicago. He married Earnestine Wilbur, a descendant of the Menominee tribe of Wisconsin. They moved to Washington state around 1905 and Phillips worked as a hod carrier by day and read law by night. In 1907, he began working as a lawyer, was made police judge, and later was elected justice of the peace. He became mayor of Aberdeen, Washington and served as a Superior Court Judge from 1929 to 1950.... less
  • Format
  • video
    Video
    Digital streaming QuickTime video file made from DVD viewing copy, by Special Collections at Special Collections, Allen Library, on December 13, 2011, using iMovie, version 9.0.2
    4 min., 9 sec
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