Lee County Biography


The bar of Lee county finds a worthy representatve in John P. Devine, who has practiced continuously in Dixon since 1905. He came to the starting point of his career well equipped with certain qualities indispensable to the successful lawyer--a well trained mind, the habit of careful analysis and logical reasoning and a recognition of the fact that devotion to a client's interests is one of the elements of enduring success. Lee county numbers him among her native sons, his birth having occurred within her borders on the 22d of January, 1878. His father, James Devine, was born in Ireland and on coming to Illinois settled in Whiteside county in 1865. Later in the '60s he removed to this county and took up the occupation of farming which he followed for a number of years. His success in tilling the soil brought to him a handsome competence that now enables him to live retired. In early manhood he wedded Mary A. Gugerty, who was born in Lee county, Illinois, in 1854 and is a daughter of Thomas Gugerty, one of the pioneer settlers of this county.

>John P. Devine pursued his education in the schools of Dixon and is a graduate of the literary and law department of Dixon College. He completed his law course with the class of 1903 and was admitted to the bar in 1905, when he opened an office and has since engaged in practice in Dixon. As the years have passed he has gained a distinctively representative clientage and he is regarded as an able and faithful minister in the temple of justice, being careful at all times to conform his practice to a high standard of professional ethics, never seeking to lead the court astray in matters of fact or law and presenting his points logically and forcefully.

Mr. Devine has always voted with the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and has become a recognized leader in its local ranks. He is now a member of the state legislature, to which he was elected in 1910, and to the \atal questions which come up for settlement he gives his earnest consideration.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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