COURT COMMISSIONER RAGAN.
UDGE JOHN M. RAGAN, member of the supreme court commission, is a native of Illinois and was born on Christmas day, 1851. He was educated in that state, and after leaving the common schools, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1876. He practiced two years before coming west, located at the bustling little city of Hastings in 1878, and has since continued his residence there. He devoted himself constantly to the practice of law, and soon became known as one of the most successful members of the state bar. He had a varied and substantial clientage, and exercised great influence in the affairs of central and western Nebraska. He was appointed by the supreme court as a member of the commission, and has served as an able jurist, displaying fine discrimination on intricate legal points, and wisdom of decision on weighty matters of law.
COURT COMMISSIONER RYAN.
the legislature passed an act creating a supreme court
commission, consisting of three members, no two of whom
should be selected from one political party. Hon. Robert
Ryan, of Lincoln, was selected as the republican member, and
has held that position ever since. Judge Ryan in his
youthful days received a good general education, took a
course of law and after graduation was admitted to the bar
of the supreme court in Iowa. He afterwards came to Nebraska
and located in Lincoln, where he practiced his profession
for many years, conducting a large business and attaining
high rank as a member of the state bar. When the legislature
of 1895 passed the act extending the time of the existence
of the commission, Judge Ryan was promptly reappointed for
the ensuing term. Commissioner Ryan is a careful student, a
conscientious worker, and an able judge.
LIBRARIAN AND REPORTER.
A. CAMPBELL, reporter and clerk of the supreme court, and
state librarian, was born at Miller's Station, Harrison
county, Ohio, October 5, 1857.
He received a good education in the public schools of his
native state, and added to his intellectual acquirements by
a course in Hopedale College. In 1877 he emigrated to
Kansas, remaining there but one year. He located in Nebraska
at Plattsmouth, and in 1885 was elected treasurer of Cass
county, gave the people a first-class admin-
istration, and was re-elected in 1887. He was appointed
to his present position by the supreme court of the state in
1890 for a term of four years, and at the expiration of his
commission was re-appointed in 1895. Mr. Campbell has made a
careful study of the needs of the state library, and has
introduced many valuable improvements in that splendid
institution. It was long before his administration the pride
of the state, and has greatly increased in public
appreciation since he took charge. As a public servant Mr.
Campbell is courteous, pleasant, and accommodating, and it
may be said that he combines the essential qualifications
for the duties of his office in a specially high degree.