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James Adams COLLINS, American Judge, Criminal Court. Member of Oriental Blue Lodge F. and Master of Arts; Keystone Chapter Royal Arch Mason; Prather Council; DeMolay Commandery Knight Templar; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; Murat Temple Mystic Shriner.


COLLINS, James Adams was born on October 12, 1870 in Arlington, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Joseph and Jane Elliott (LaVelle) Collins.


Washington Grammar School, 1886. Cambridge Latin School, 1887.


Y. Assistant Secretary, Y.M. C. A., Springfield, Massachusetts, 1890. Secretary Young Men's Christian Association, Matteawan, 1891. Secretary Y.M. C. A., Lyons, New York, 1892-1893.

Moved to Indianapolis, 1895. Appointed Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Police Court, 1900. 1904— Bachelor of Laws Indiana Law School, elected City Judge.

Assumed bench, 1910-1914. Elected Judge, Criminal Court, since 1914. Chairman Legal Advisory Board, for selective draft in Marion Company Organized Immigrant’s Aid Association, served as President, 10 years, 1911.

Assisted in organizing Indianapolis Public Welfare Assn to combat Loan Shark evil, Director 18 years, 1912.


Member of Oriental Blue Lodge F. and Master of Arts. Keystone Chapter Royal Arch Mason. Prather Council; DeMolay Commandery Knight Templar.

Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. Murat Temple Mystic Shriner. Clubs: Columbia, Rotary (Indianapolis).


Spouse Lillie T. Knapp, 1895, Lyons, N.