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James Wilford Fitzgerald

James Wilford Fitzgerald, American lawyer, banker. Mason, Knights of Pythias.


  • Fitzgerald, James Wilford was born on October 18, 1862 in near Tyler, Texas, United States. Son of James W. and Mahala (Hughes) Fitzgerald.

  • Education

    • Educated State Normal College, Huntsville, Texas.


    • Admitted to Texas bar, 1893, and practiced at Tyler. County judge Smith Company, Texas, 1896. Chairman Democratic Executive Committee, Smith Company, 1894-1902.

      Member Democratic State Committee, 1902-1904. Referee in bankruptcy, 1914-1920. Active vice president Citizens National Bank, since 1920.

      President School Board, Tyler, 9 years. Appointed member state board governing teachers’ colleges of Texas, 1929.


    There is a large range of issues where Church should interact with politics in such areas as poverty and inequality, environmental issues, nuclear and chemical weapons and the harm caused by use of drugs and drinking.


    The faith should be based on the Bible, but also on reason, tradition, and personal experience.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The strongest feature of Methodism is that ordinary people play a major role in the running of the Church.


    Mason, Knights of Pythias.


    • Married Mary Small, of Tyler, March 21, 1900.
    • father: James W. Fitzgerald
    • mother: Mahala (Hughes) Fitzgerald
    • spouse: Mary Small
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    Born October 18, 1862