John W. Reynolds (Oregon attorney)

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John W. Reynolds
John W. Reynolds.jpg
Reynolds in 1903
4th Dean of Willamette Law School
In office
Preceded by Samuel T. Richardson
Succeeded by Charles L. McNary
Personal details
Born January 27, 1875
Salem, Oregon
Died April 5, 1942(1942-04-05) (aged 67)
Spouse(s) Nettie Beckner
Alma mater Willamette University
University of Michigan Law School
Profession professor of law

John W. Reynolds (January 27, 1875 – April 5, 1942) was an American attorney and educator in the U.S. state of Oregon. A native of the state, he was the fourth dean of the Willamette University College of Law, the law school of his alma mater.

Early life[edit]

John Reynolds was born in Salem, Oregon, to John and Sallie A. (née Truesdell) Reynolds on January 27, 1875.[1] His father was a physician originally from Ohio.[2] The younger Reynolds earned his education at the public schools in Salem before enrolling at Willamette University, also in Salem.[1] He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the university in 1895, and then earned a masters of arts degree from Willamette in 1897.[1] Reynolds continued his education at the University of Michigan where he earned a bachelor of laws degree from their law school in 1899.[1] On May 6, 1908, he married Nettie Beckner.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Reynolds was admitted to the Oregon bar in June 1897 in Salem.[1] He started practicing law in Salem in September 1899 after law school, and continued there in private practice until June 1907.[1] While still in private practice he became the dean of the Willamette University College of Law in June 1903.[1] He succeeded Samuel T. Richardson as the dean and also served on the board of trustees of the larger institution.[1][3]

During his tenure the university’s administration questioned whether the law school should continue to exist, as only four students earned degrees in a four-year period.[3] Reynolds was the fourth dean of the school, and served until 1908 when Charles L. McNary became the new dean.[3] In June 1907, he left Willamette and moved to Portland to continue practicing,[2] and continued in practice there until his death.[4][5] Reynolds left the Willamette University Board of Trustees in June 1908.[1] Starting in June 1909 he was in a partnership with A. F. Flegel with the law firm name of Flegel & Reynolds.[1] He was a member of the Republican Party, but did not hold public office.[1]

Later years[edit]

Reynolds was a partner in the firm Reynolds, Flegel, and Smith in the 1940s.[5] He was a member of the board of trustees for the Centenary-Wilbur Methodist Church in Portland as well as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.[5] John Reynolds died of pneumonia on Sunday, April 5, 1942, in Portland at the age of 67 and was entombed at Riverview Cemetery in Portland.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Colmer, Montagu, and Charles Erskine Scott Wood. (1910). History of the Bench and Bar of Oregon. Portland, Or: Historical Pub. Co. p. 210.
  2. ^ a b Gaston, Joseph; George H. Himes (1912). The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912. Vol. 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. pp. 80–83. 
  3. ^ a b c Celebrating 125 Years of Outstanding Legal Education and Bar Leadership. Editor Anne Marie Becka, Willamette University College of Law, 2008. pp. 6-7, 16.
  4. ^ "News Notes from the Capitol". The Oregonian. November 22, 1919. p. 6. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Death Comes For Attorney". The Oregonian. April 8, 1942. p. 13. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Samuel T. Richardson
Dean of Willamette University College of Law
Succeeded by
Charles L. McNary