James Helmick Beatty
|James H. Beatty|
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
February 4, 1892 – March 1, 1907
|Appointed by||Benjamin Harrison|
|Succeeded by||Frank Dietrich|
of the Idaho Territorial Court
May 1889 – July 3, 1890
|Preceded by||H.W. Weir|
May 8, 1836|
|Died||October 21, 1927
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery
|Spouse(s)||Mary Caldwell Beatty
|Alma mater||Ohio Wesleyan University
A.B. 1858, (read law)
|Years of service||1863–1865|
|Unit||Fourth Iowa Battery|
Born in Lancaster, Ohio, Beatty received an A.B. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1858 and read law to enter the bar in 1862. He was superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Mississippi, from 1858 to 1861, and was in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, serving as first lieutenant of the Fourth Iowa Battery from 1863 to 1865.
Following the war, Beatty was in private practice in Missouri at Lexington from 1865 to 1872, also serving as a register in bankruptcy during that time. He was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, from 1872 to 1882. Beatty returned to private practice in Idaho Territory in 1882 at Hailey, and was a senator in the territorial legislature from 1886 to 1888. In May 1889, Beatty was appointed chief justice of the territorial court until it was dissolved when Idaho was admitted to the Union in July 1890.
On March 7, 1891, Beatty received a recess appointment from President Benjamin Harrison to the first seat on the U.S. States District Court for the new District of Idaho, created by 26 Stat. 215. His appointment was originally held up by Idaho's two U.S. Senators, William J. McConnell and George L. Shoup.
Formally nominated on December 10, 1891, Beatty was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 4, 1892, and received his commission the same day. He served in that capacity for fifteen years, until his retirement, on March 1, 1907.
- James Helmick Beatty at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- James Helmick Beatty at Find a Grave
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Frank Sigel Dietrich