Bureau County Illinois
The Leavenworth echo. (Leavenworth, Wash.) August 28, 1908
Supreme Court Justice
There are three Supreme Court judges to be elected this year. The nominations are made on a non-partisan ticket, which will be found at the bottom of the primary ballot. The names of the same candidates for the supreme judgeship will appear at the bottom of both the republican and democratic ballots, but will be headed, "Non-partisan Judiciary Ticket." No political designation whatever will appear in connection with the names on this ticket. There are eight names on the judiciary ballot, but the second choice provision of the primary law does not apply to this office. Each elector is entitled to vote for three names on the ballot for members of the Supreme Court.
The order in which the names of the candidates for supreme judge appear on the ballot was mutually arranged among the candidates themselves. The first name on the ballot is that of Judge Herman D. Crow, the second that of Judge Milo A. Root and the third that of Judge S. J. Chadwick.
Milo A. Root
Milo A. Root was born January 22, 1863 in Bureau County, Illinois, where he lived until he was thirteen years of age. His parents were farmers and like most others in that then frontier county, they were people of very limited means, so young Root was brought up to hard work and the practice of rigid economy. His early education was obtained during the winter terms of the district school and in evening study with his parents. When he was thirteen, his parents moved with their family to western New York. He attended the Albion high school from which he graduated with honors. While attending high school he also read law in the office of the Hon. John H. White, a prominent lawyer of that state. Subsequently he attended and graduated from the Albany Law School, the law department of the Union University.
In the early fall of 1883 Mr. Root, then twenty years of age, came to Washington territory, arriving here without money, friends, acquaintances or influence. Being unable to practice law - not being quite twenty-one years old - and not finding a position in a law office, he went to work in the woods until he received a school to teach at Elma, in Chehalis County. This school contained numerous boys hard to manage, several of whom were large than Root. Other teachers had been driven out of the school. On the second day of school the teacher was invited out to participate in a wrestling match. In those days Root was tall and slender, weighting only about 140 pounds (he now weighs 210), but he was quick and "wiry" and somewhat of an expert at the game of wrestling, while the boys, although far heavier and stronger, were without skill. The quick and vigorous manner in which Root threw all comers created a sensation and produced in the scholars a most profound respect for the teacher.
At the close of his school in Chehalis County Mr. Root went to Olympia and began the practice of law, being admitted to the bar in June, 1884. Later he served two successive terms as probate judge of Thurston County in territorial days. After statehood Root served two terms as prosecuting attorney of Thurston County. When a young man he was for several years a member of the volunteer fire department of Olympia and was later the secretary of the board of trade at the time the fight was made and won by Olympia for the capital of the state.
In 1897 Judge Root moved to Seattle where he engaged in the active practice of law until appointed by the governor as judge of the Supreme Court in January, 1905. In 1906 he was elected to succeed himself for the short term ending January, 1909. He is now a candidate on the non-partisan judiciary ticket to succeed himself for the full term of six years.
On March 4, 1890, Judge Root was married to Miss Anna Lansdale, daughter of Dr. R. H. Lansdale, an old pioneer of Washington. They have six children. Although a very busy man, Judge Root has always found time to assist organizations for charitable work and public improvements of all kinds. Many interesting incidents are told in Olympia of his unostentatious kindness to poor, distressed people during the hard times of 1893 to 1896. He is at the present time president of the State Society of Charities and Corrections and an officer and member of several benevolent associations of Seattle.