James Russell Hallam


Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 6 October 1861, page 3


ARREST OF JAMES R HALLAM-United States Deputy Marshal W B Smith yesterday morning arrested Major Hallam, of this city, upon an order from General Mitchell, charging him with sympathizing with the rebels.  He was taken by that official and lodged at the Barracks, upon the Orphan Asylum lot.

CARD FROM J R HALLAM-The following card from J R Hallam will be considered an explanation of his position:

TO MY FRIENDS-This morning at the Newport Post office, I was arrested by Deputy Marshal Smith, under an order from Brigadier General Mitchell, and taken to the Orphan Asylum Barracks, in Cincinnati, where I am now a prisoner under a military guard.

I am not conscious of any offense against the Government of the United States, civil or military, either of word or deed.  On the contrary since the bombardment of Fort Sumter, I have uniformly sought to sustain the Government  in its struggle to maintain its authority over the thirty four States, and at the time of my arrest, I was endeavoring to enter the service for the purpose of driving the rebels from Kentucky, a fact which many know.

I feel keenly the stain of this arrest, and deem it due to you to make this statement that I may not fall in your estimation, well assured that my entire innocence will procure my speedy release. JAMES R HALLAM, October 5, 1861


Cincinnati Enquirer, 16 February 1895, page 6


Passes To the Beyond-Death of Judge James Russell Hallam

Yesterday morning while the Bar Association of Kenton County was in session taking action upon the death of Judge Joseph M Collins, news was received of the death of Judge J R Hallam, one of the pioneer members of the Campbell County Bar Association.

With the passing away of Judge Hallam, Kentucky lost one of its intellectual giants. Judge Hallam first saw the light of day at Washington Penn. 76years ago.  In 1840 he edited a paper in Tennessee and was one of the worthiest admirers and vigorous supporter of General Harrison in the famous Log Cabin Campaign for the Presidential chair.


And effective political service secured for him a position in the Treasury Department.  In 1844 Judge Hallam moved to Owen County Ky. In 1850 he went to Crittenden, Grant County, Ky. and practiced law.  His skill as a jurist grew rapidly and he moved to Newport.  While there he was appointed as Chancellor of the Sixth District, a position he filled with honor and dignity.  As an attorney he stood on an equality with any of the profession ever graduated in the old Commonwealth.


He was the father of Hon. Theodore F Hall, Orrin B Hallam, of Washington DC; Henry C Hallam, Circuit Court Clerk of Kenton County, Rev Frank Hallam, an Episcapal minister of Lexington and James Hallam.

The funeral services will take place on Monday at St Paul's P E Church, Newport.  The following will act as pallbearers; Hon George Washington, Hon John P Newman, L J Crawford, Judge Chas J Helm, John T Hodge, John C Schroll, A T Root and T P Carothers.

The Bar Association of Campbell Count will meet this morning to dray up appropriate resolutions.


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