Jesse Devore Wall, of Wichita, Kan., is one of the younger members of the Sedgwick county bar but has already won prominent standing among his professional colleagues. He was born in the village of Clermont, Ind., ten miles northwest of Indianapolis, Nov. 23, 1879. He is the son of Dr. David Wall, who was born in Monongahela county, Pennsylvania, Oct. 15, 1836. Dr. Wall was a graduate of the Cincinnati Medical College, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and began the practice of his profession at Clermont, Ind., but later removed to Indianapolis, Ind., where he practiced until his death on March 19, 1903. During the Civil war Dr. Wall was an assistant surgeon in the Twenty-fifth and One Hundred and Tenth Illinois regiments of infantry. He was the son of Jesse Wall, a farmer and native of Pennsylvania, whose wife was a Miss Sarah Devore before her marriage. On the paternal side Jesse Devore Wall is a representative of one of the oldest American families, his ancestry in the new world being easily traced back to 1731, when James and Walter Wall, two brothers, came to America from England and settled in New Jersey. Mr. Wall is also a descendant on the paternal side of Col. Richard Sparks, a Revolutionary soldier and hero. The mother of Mr. Wall was a Miss Margaret Ann Moore prior to her marriage to Dr. Wall. She was born in Marion county, Indiana, May 12, 1844, and died at Indianapolis, Ind., Aug. 7, 1905. She was the daughter of John and Mary (Burns) Moore, natives respectively of Ohio and Indiana. Mary Burns Moore, the maternal grandmother of Mr. Wall, was of Scotch-Irish descent, her father having come to America from the north of Ireland and having been a cousin to Robert Burns, the loved Scotch poet.
Jesse Devore Wall was reared in Clermont, Ind., to the age of eleven years and then accompanied his parents to Indianapolis, where he received the excellent educational advantages of the public schools, especially Shortridge High School, at which he was graduated. Later he attended Butler University at Indianapolis and the Indiana Law School, where he was graduated May 25, 1905, with second honors in a class of forty-two. Mr. Wall came to Wichita Dec. 2, 1905, to establish himself in law, and from the beginning there has enjoyed a successful practice. For four years he was associated in the law business with the firm of Stanley, Vermilion & Evans, one of the leading law firms of Wichita, but since then has engaged in practice alone. He has been admitted to practice before the supreme court of Kansas and in the United States courts. His political faith is indicated by the zealous support which he accords to the Republican party, in which he has taken an influential part in public affairs of a local nature. He served as secretary of the Davidson campaign committee and as such he conducted the campaign which put Charles L. Davidson into the mayor's office. He also served a term as judge of the police court of the city of Wichita. He is a member of the Sedgwick County Bar Association and fraternally is a 32° Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is also a member of the Wichita Country Club and the Riverside Club. In church faith and membership he is a Presbyterian, being a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wichita.
On Oct. 12, 1909, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Wall and Miss Blanche Edna Royal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Royal, of Wichita. Mr. and Mrs. Wall have one son, David Royal, born Oct. 27, 1910.Pages 1181-1182 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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