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GEORGE J. DUGAN

DUGAN, MARKEY, HARNED

Posted By: Debbie Gerischer (email)
Date: 7/2/2005 at 18:27:51

GEORGE J. DUGAN has the personality and the technical ability that make for success in the legal profession, of which he is a prominent representative in the City of Perry, Dallas County, where he has been engaged in the successful practice of law during a period of twenty years.

Mr. Dugan has the distinction of being one of the representative members of the bar of his native county, for he was born on the parental home farm in Dallas County, June 10, 1886, and is a scion of a family that was here established in the pioneer days- sixty years ago. His father, James Dugan, was born in Ireland and was a child when he accompanied his parents to the United States, where he was reared to manhood and where his alert and receptive mind enabled him to profit by the educational advantages that were afforded him. He resided a number of years in Wisconsin, and in 1870 he came to Dallas County, Iowa, and engaged in farm enterprise, in which the passing years brought to him substantial success. He passed the closing period of his life at Rippey, Greene County, where his death occurred May 6, 1914. His wife, whose maiden name was Margaret Markey, was born at Sullivan, Wisconsin, and there their marriage was solemnized. In death they were not long separated for the death of Mrs. Dugan occurred May 8, 1914, only two days after that of her husband, their mortal remains being laid to rest at the cemetery at Rippey.

After completing his studies in the high school at Rippey, George J. Dugan was for a time a student in the academic or liberal arts department of Drake University, Des Moines, and in the law department of that institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1910, his admission to the bar of his native state having been virtually coincident with his reception of the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In initiating the practice of his profession at Perry Mr. Dugan became associated with his brother, Judge Harry S. Dugan, and their partnership alliance continued until the latter was elected to the bench of the District Court of the Fifth Judicial District, in 1919, though in the meantime, in 1912, George J. Dugan removed to Woodbine, Harrison County, where he was established in practice until 1915, when he returned to Perry and resumed his law partnership with his brother, this alliance, as before noted, having been terminated by the election of his brother to the office of judge of the District Court. Mr. Dugan now controls a substantial and important general law practice of individual order and maintains his offices in the Brice & McLaughlin Building.

That Mr. Dugan has had much of influence and leadership in the Iowa councils and campaign activities of the Democratic party is evidenced in that he was, in 1929, chairman of the Seventh Congressional District. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention of 1928, at Houston, Texas, and his professional activities at Perry have included his service as city solicitor and assistant county attorney. He is affiliated with both York and Scottish rite bodies of the Masonic fraternity, besides being a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, and is a past exalted ruler of Perry Lodge, B.P.O. Elks. He and his wife have membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

September 9, 1908, recorded the marriage of Mr. Dugan to Miss Emma Harned, of Grand Junction, Greene County, where she was graduated in the high school, she having thereafter pursued a thorough course in the musical department of Drake University, Des Moines. Doris, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Dugan, was born at Woodbine, this state, May 10, 1914, and is a student in the high school in her home City of Perry.

Mr. Dugan is an influential and popular member of the Dallas County Bar Association and has membership also in the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

- source: A Narrative History of the People of Iowa. Vol III. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931
-transcribed by Debbie Gerischer

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