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Hartman - John P.

Source: A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens  of the City of Seattle and County of King, Washington.  New York:  Lewis Pub. Co., 1903 p 421

The profession of law, when clothed with its true dignity,  purity and strength, must rank first among the callings of man  for law rules the universe. The work of the legal profession is  to formulate, to harmonize, to regulate, to adjust, to administer  those rules and principles that underlie and permeate all  government and society and control the varied relations of men.  As thus viewed there is attached to the legal profession a  nobleness that cannot but be reflected in the life of the true  lawyer who rising to the responsibilities of the profession and  honest in the pursuit of his purpose, embraces the richness of  learning and the purity of morals, together with the graces and  modesty and the general amenities of life. Of such a type John P.  Hartman is a representative. He has resided in the Sound country  for 11 years and during this time has made rapid progress in his  chosen calling. Mr. Hartman was born in Fountain County, Indiana  July 3, 1857 and comes of a family of German lineage that was  established in America 250 years ago the first representatives of  the name in this country being among the pioneer settlers of the  Carolinas. They followed agricultural pursuits. George Hartman,  the great grandfather of our subject, and one of his brothers  were soldiers of the Revolutionary War, serving under General  Francis Marion, the noted Swamp Fox. They had to live upon acorns  and sweet potatoes and when visited by a British officer the  latter remarked that men who lived in such a way could not be  defeated. John P. Hartman, the grandfather of our subject was  born in Carolina and carried on agricultural pursuits and in 1822  removed to Indiana casting in his lot among the first settlers of  the part of the state in which he located. He secured land from  the government and had a patent, which bore the personal  signature of President Andrew Jackson. This land is still in the  possession of his descendants.

The father of our subject also  bore the name of John P. Hartman and was born upon the family  homestead in Fountain County, Indiana and reared to farm life,  carrying on agricultural pursuits throughout his entire business  career but at the present time he is living retired. He served in  the 63rd Indiana Infantry two years during the Civil War. He then  entered the regular army and was mustered out with the rank of  colonel in 1865. He joined the army as a private but his  meritorious conduct and his valor won him promotion until he  became the commander of his regiment. He was with the Army of the  Tennessee for two years and afterward with General Sedgwick's  corps in the Army of the Potomac. He took part in most of the  engagements with which those divisions of the army were connected  and was at the head of the 1st Regt to enter Richmond. He was  never captured or seriously wounded although he was often in the  thickest of the fight and had many close calls. On one occasion  there were 12 or 15 bullet holes in his clothing and hat. In the  year 1873 he went to Nebraska where he took up land and engaged  in general farming and stock business for a number of years.  Later he sold his property interests in that state and removed to  Indiana once more. He is a very active and influential member of  the United Brethren Church, serving as one of its officers and  his life has ever been in harmony with its teaching. He was  united in marriage to Miss Mary Singes and unto them born 7  children of whom 3 died in infancy while only two are living, t  he sister of our subject being Mrs. Mary Torger. The mother has  also passed away. In the public schools of his native state John  P. Hartman gained his early education, which was afterward  continued in the state university of Nebraska. He went to that  state with his father in 1873. It was then a wild district,  buffalo ranged over the prairies and Indians were numerous. The  land was wild and uncultivated and the work of development and  progress had scarcely been begun. There were few farms, but over  the broad prairies were seen large herds of cattle in charge of  cowboys and Mr. Hartman became one of their numbers. Later he  attended the state university and subsequently was connected with  the engineering corps of the Union Pacific Railroad for a year,  but thinking that he would prefer the practice of law as a lie  work he began studying for the profession in Kearney, Nebraska  and was admitted to the bar in 1883. He then practiced in that  place until 1891 when he came to the west settling first in  Tacoma and in 1896 removed to Seattle. Since his arrival upon the  coast he has been very successful in the practice of his chosen  profession, devoting his time almost exclusively to corporation  law. He has a well-selected and extensive library and is the  representative of many of the large firms and business houses of  this city. He has studied closely and carefully the great  questions of jurisprudence and in the handling of his cases  demonstrate his superior skill and ability. To some extent Mr.  Hartman has been engaged in real estate dealing and has erected  some building in the city, both residence and business property.  He also has farming interests in Kent. He was reared upon a farm  and has always had a liking for the occupation. His investments  have been judiciously and carefully made and have brought him a  good financial return. On September 16, 1883 Mr. Hartman was  married at New Helena, Nebraska to Miss Caroline E. Dryden the  daughter of a Wisconsin pioneer and their children were: Eva  deceased; Dwight 14; Harold 12 and Robert 5. In his political  views Mr. Hartman is a stalwart Republican active in the ranks of  the party and has attended county, state and national  conventions. He is also a campaign worker and has made a wide  acquaintance among the leaders of the party in this portion of  the state and elsewhere but has never sought or desired official  preferment for himself. He is an active member of the Westminster  Presbyterian Church, was one of its organizers and is now a  member of its session. Nature bestowed upon him good gifts. He  possesses a mind of broad compass, and the industry that brings  forth every spark of talent with which he has been endowed. Few  lawyers have made a more lasting impression upon the bar of the  state both for legal ability of a high order and for the  individuality of the personal character which impresses itself  upon the community. - typed by kbz
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