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James E. Remley
Born February 24, 1877


James E. Remley, who has been engaged in the practice of law at Anamosa since the 1st of July, 1901, now occupies a leading position at the bar of eastern Iowa and for the past six years has been associated with his father, Howard M. Remley, under the firm style of Remley & Remley. His birth occurred in Anamosa, Jones county, Iowa, on the 24th of February, 1877, his parents being Howard M. and Mary U. (Underwood) Remley. The father, who has been a prominent representative of the legal profession at Anamosa for the past thirty-seven years, is mentioned at greater length on another page of this work. The first representatives of the Remley family in this country came from Germany about 1760, settling in Pennsylvania. In 1790 they took up their abode in Virginia, now West Virginia, while the year 1856 witnessed the removal of the family from that state to Iowa. The maternal ancestors of our subject came to this state from Rhode Island, locating at Muscatine.
James E. Remley obtained his early education in the common schools of his native city and subsequently entered the high school here, completing the prescribed course in 1896 and graduating as salutatorian of his class. In September of that year he became enrolled as a student in the collegiate department of the University of Iowa, where he won the degree of bachelor of philosophy in June, 1900, while in June, 1901, the degree of bachelor of laws was conferred upon him by the law department of that institution. On the 1st of July, 1901, he began, the, practice of his profession at Anamosa, remaining alone until the 1st of January, 1903, when he formed a partnership with his father, Howard M. Remley, which has been maintained to the present time, the firm being known as Remley & Remley. At the time of the organization of the firm the senior partner had just retired as judge of the eighteenth judicial district. In no profession is there a career more open to talent than in that of the law, and in no field of endeavor is there demanded a more careful preparation, a more thorough appreciation of the absolute ethics of life, or of the underlying principles which form the basis of all human rights and privileges. Unflagging application, intuitive wisdom and a determination fully to utilize the means at hand, are the concomitants which insure personal success and prestige in this great profession, which stands as the stern conservator of justice; and it is one into which none should enter without a recognition of the obstacles to be overcome and the battles to be won, for success does not perch on the falchion of every person who enters the competitive fray, but come only as the diametrical result of capacity and unmistakable ability. Possessing all the requisite qualities of the able lawyer, James E. Remley soon gained a position of leadership at the bar and his practice is extensive and of an important character.
In his political views Mr. Remley is a republican, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Baptist church. He is identified with several fraternal societies and has held various offices therein, being now chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias. While still a youth he became interested in the law and determined to make its practice his life work. He early displayed marked oratorical powers and took a prominent part in the activities of the debating societies both in high school and at college. He belongs to the Sigma Nu fraternity, a social organization, and also to the Phi Delta Phi, a law fraternity whose membership is based upon scholarship. A young man of genial manner, unfailing courtesy and unfeigned cordiality, he has an extensive circle of warm friends in the city where his entire life has been passed.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 22.

From Souvenir of Anamosa, published by The Anamosa Journal, 1907. Submitted by Jim Christianson

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