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James Franklin Devendorf

James Franklin Devendorf, American philanthropist.


  • Devendorf, James Franklin was born on April 6, 1856 in Lowell, Michigan, United States. Son of Thomas Jefferson and Grace (Condon) Devendorf.

  • Education

    • Educational public schools.


    • Topographical engineer. President Carmel Development Company. Known as community organizer and patron of art, literature and music.

      Founder of Artists’ and Writers’ Colony at Carmel-by-the-Sea, and of Carmel Highlands. Promoter of Carmel Forest Theatre, for prize contests and for production of original drama. Also promoter Carmel Arts and Crafts Society and allied organizations.


    All human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty, then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    Since a human being is the central factor in the plan of salvation, the Gospel must be taught, understood and accepted by him.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Every individual should try to be open to others and willing to be changed. Therefore, community members should meet regularly in order to open their hearts, share their knowledge, thoughts and experience.


    • Married Lillie A. Potter. Children: Edwina, Mistress.
    • father: Thomas Jefferson Devendorf
    • mother: Grace (Condon) Devendorf
    • spouse: Lillie A. Potter
    • children: Edwina Devendorf
    • Mrs Devendorf
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    Born April 6, 1856
    Died October 9, 1934
    (aged 78)