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James McCrea Haughey, American lawyer, artist. Bar: Kansas 1939, Montana 1943. Recipient Governor's award Arts, 1981.


Haughey, James McCrea was born on July 8, 1914 in Courtland, Kansas, United States. Son of Leo Eugene and Elizabeth (Stephens) Haughey.


Student, Deep Springs College, Dyer, California, 1931. Bachelor of Laws, University Kansas, Lawrence, 1939.


Landman Carter Oil Corporation, 1939-1943. Practice in Billings, Montana, 1943-1998. Partner Crowley, Haughey, Hanson, Toole & Dietrich, 1950-1986, counsel, 1986-1998.

Retired director Montana-Dakota Resources Group Inc., 1998.


  • Bar: Kansas 1939, Montana 1943.


  • Other Work

    • One-man shows include, University Kansas, University Montana, Montana State University, Concordia College, Nebraska, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, Boise Museum Art, Montana State Museum, Helena, Sandzen Gallery, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana, also numerous group shows.

    • "Problems in Examination of Titles to United States Oil and Gas Leases," First Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, 1955. "Severance of the Minerals and the Severity of Attendant Problems," Western Coal Development Institute, 1973. The Arts and the Lawyer," Kansas Law Review, Summer, 1980.Co-author: "Legislative Protection of the Surface Owner in the Surface Mining of Coal Reserved by the United States," 22 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute 145, 1976.


President Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 1957-1958, trustee, 1955–2007. President Montana Institute Arts Foundation, 1965-1967. President Yellowstone Art Center Foundation, 1969-1971, trustee, 1964-1981.

Member Montana House of Representatives, 1960-1964, Montana Senate, 1966-1970, minority leader, 1969-1970. Fellow Montana Institute Arts (Permanent Collection award 1960), American Artists Professional League. Member American Bar Association, American College Real Estate Lawyers, Yellowstone County Bar Association (president 1960-1961), University Kansas Law Society (board governors 1989-1992), American Watercolor Society (Midwest vice president 1978-1982), Northwest Watercolor Society (life), Midwest Watercolor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society (honorary), Montana Watercolor Society (honorary), Yellowstone Art Museum (President's award service to Arts, 2005, Philanthropist of Year), Phi Delta Theta, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Katherine Hurd, September 8, 1938. Children: Katherine (Mistress Lester B. Loo), Bruce Stephens, John Caldwell.

Leo Eugene Haughey

Elizabeth (Stephens) Haughey

Katherine Hurd

Katherine Haughey (Mistress Lester B. Loo)

Bruce Stephens Haughey

John Caldwell Haughey