WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN EDUCATION
A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Living Educators of the United States. Edited by Robert
C. Cook. -Seventh Edition - 1935-36.
Publishers: The Robert C. Cook Company 277 Broadway, New York City (Page) xxvi:
MCVICKER, James Rufus, Acting Professor of Law, University of Kentucky, College of
Law, Lexington, Kentucky;
July 6, 1876, Wilton Junction, Muscatine Co., Iowa; son of Norvel Wilson and Margaret Emma (Hill) McVicker;
Married Virginia Matilda Constant of Lone Tree, Iowa, Mar. 12, 1905;
Children: Bernadine Constant (McVicker) Norman; Mildred Hill (McVicker) Kelso; Benjamin Franklin; Thomas Edison; and Patricia Virginia.
B.S., Valparaiso University, 1902;
J.D., 1925, State University of Iowa;
S.J.D., 1932, Law School of Harvard University
Ph.D. dissertation: Studies in the Administration of Justice in the Iowa County.
S.J.D. dissertation: The Organization of Administrative Work in Courts.
Clerk of the District Court, Keokuk Co., Iowa, 1903-07;
Principal, Fremont, Iowa, Schools, January-June, 1907;
Superintendent, Keota, Iowa Schools, 1907-10;
Superintendent, Hortonville, Wisconsin, Schools, 1917-18;
Superintendent, Dow City, Iowa, Consolidated Schools, 1918-19;
Superintendent, Belle Plaine, Iowa, Schools, 1919-23;
Graduate Assistant, Political Science, University of Iowa, Jan.-June, 1924;
Acting professor of Political Science, University of Kansas, summers 1925-28;
Practiced Law individually at Sigourney, Iowa, 1913-15, in partnership with Honorable W.H. Hamilton at Sigourney, Iowa, in practice of law, 1915-17, he being now a Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa; member of practicing law firm, Watsabaugh & McVicker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1925-26;
Practiced law individually at Iowa City, Iowa, 1933-35;
Professor of Law, University of Detroit Law School, 1926-28;
Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent. College Of Law (Chicago, Illinois), 1929-30;
Acting Professor of Law, University of Kentucky, College of Law, 1935-36. Honorable Position: Chairman, Hortonville (Wisconsin) Four Minute Men, 1917-18;
Outagamie County Council of Defense, Wisconsin, 1917-18, Member and special committeeman.
Member: Phi Delta Kappa;
life member The State Historical Society of Iowa;
A.F. & A.M., Webb Lodge No. 182, Sigourney, Iowa (1900-36);
The University of Kentucky Club (Lexington, Kentucky);
National Defense Organizations; Major Officers' Reserve corps; member Reserve Officers' Association of the U.S.
The Administration of Justice in the County, The Clerk of the District Court, The County Attorney, being Chapters VI, VII & XI in Volume entitled "County Government and Administration in Iowa," 1925 (published by the State Historical Society of Iowa);
History of the Iowa State Bar Association and Law Reform, published in the Iowa Journal of History and Politics, April, 1926.
Contributor: Iowa Journal of History and Politics; Law Reviews. Researcher: Local Government: The Organization and Administrative Work of the Courts;
The Seventeenth Century Justice of the Peace in England;
The Arbitration of International Investment Controversies;
The Development of the Law of Arrest; Fair Comment and Defense to Libel in Illinois.
Corporal, Company "F" 51st Iowa Infantry Volunteers in the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection, in the Philippines, 1898-99.
As an American Soldier in the Orient, Hawaiian Islands, Philippine Islands, China, Japan, 1898-99.
Achievements of general interest:
A clearing up of the delinquent probate administration in old executorships, administration-ships and guardianships while serving as Clerk of the District Court of Keokuk County, Iowa, 1903-07;
A published study on the status, functions, duties and influences of the Prosecuting Attorney in the preponderantly rural county as distinguished from the Prosecuting Attorney in urban communities.
[A00528 Transcribed from JRM notes by Romona McVicker 5/26/2005]