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McIntyre - Duncan Thomas

Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana, Nov 11, 1921

Judge Duncan Thomas McIntyre one of Mattoon's most prominent  citizens, passed away at his home, 1301 Charleston Ave at one  o'clock this afternoon from heart trouble and a complication of  weaknesses incident to his advanced years. As a young man, he was  of slender health, and throughout his life he had fought bodily  weakness for intellectual life. During his long life, he fought a  battle with disease. His later years found him in better health  until an attack of Pneumonia in Dec 1920. In August of this year he  went to Memorial Hospital for the removal of a tumor from his leg  and since his return to his home he had been obliged to use a  wheelchair. Arrangements for the funeral and burial await the  coming of relatives from Shelbyville. Judge McIntyre came from  distinguished and illustrious families of the old dominion. In  his line were jurists, theologians, publicists, educators and  scientists. His grandfather was a large slave owner in Va, while  his father was against slavery. Judge McIntyre was a son of Rev.  Dugald Stuart McIntyre, a Presbyterian minister and Miss Rebecca  Hogue.

He was born at Blacksburg, Va. Sept 26, 1835. When he was  in his 17th year, his parents removed to Crawfordsville, where  they lived for a number of years. The young man prepared for  college at Waveland, where his mother afterward made her home and  at the college (Wabash) in Crawfordsville. The judge was the  oldest living graduate of Northwestern University where he prepared  himself by the study of law for his long legal career. He was  essentially a scholar, his life was in books and he read Latin  and Greek until the day of his death. His mind was clear to the  last, and his memory was keen of the results of his reading and  study. The young man came to Mattoon by accident while on his way  to Indiana to look over some land. He liked the place, stopped  over here and traded some land for the Gazette and became an  editor and for about a year used journalism as a prop for his  entrance to the practice of law. Judge McIntyre marr. in Mattoon  in Sept 1864 Miss Sarah Deming, a daughter of Rev. FA Deming, an  early pastor of the Presbyterian Church. Four children were b. to  them, of whom a daughter, Miss Katherine Hogue McIntyre who home  is with her father, and LJ McIntyre, who lives on a ranch near  park City, Mont survive. Judge McIntyre was a life long  Republican but seldom an officeholder.

He held the office of US  commissioner for 8 years but the rest of his life, until his  retirement was spent in the practice of his profession. The lines  of law in which Judge McIntyre was principally interested were  constitution law and the law of corporations. In these subjects  he was one of the leaders of Ill. He was offered a chair on the  faculty of Northwester Univ. and he was consulted by other  attorneys constantly in relation to the subjects that were his  specialties. At different times, Judge McIntyre was general  solicitor for the Big Four, The Illinois Central and earlier for  the Peoria, Decatur and Evansville line. at the time of the Civil  War Judge McIntyre was in poor health and thought to be infected  with tuberculosis yet in spite of his health, he did constant  duty as a civilian in the recruiting and securing of soldiers. At  one time he removed to Memphis in the 90s and was general  solicitor for the Paducah railroad, a line built while he was  there. Judge McIntyre was a member of the Presbytyerian Church  and for his entire life was a supporter of all Church  enterprises. It was his pride that no Church in the city,  Protestant, Catholic or colored had invited his aid in vain, and  he was a constant supporter of the interests of the community  that are promoted by these organizations - thanks to Jeff S. for this one
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