Nebraska Authors

James Mills Woolworth

AKA: Jas. M. Woolworth

Jas. was a common 19th century abbreviation for James.

Born 1829-06-28 Onondaga County, NY (USA)

Died 1906-06-16
Omaha, NE (USA)

Omaha, NE (USA)
Prospect Hill Cemetery
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Woolworth came to Nebraska in 1856 and became a wealthy Omaha lawyer, land promoter and investor. Primarily remembered as the first City Attorney for the City of Omaha and former President of the American Bar Association. He was an early member of the Nebraska State Historical Society, and First Vice-President of the Society in 1885 and 1886. He had also been a Douglas County representative to the first post-territorial Constitutional Convention in 1871, whose document was rejected by the voters of the state. He was a Democratic party candidate for Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court but was not elected. He argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Clinton, NY

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Nebraska Statehood


Degree, 1849, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY




Honorary degrees:
Racine College, LL.D.
University of Nebraska H.L.D.
Trinity University, Ontario, Canada, D.C.L.
A stained glass window honors him in the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 18th and Capitol Avenue in Omaha.


Episcopal Church
American Bar Association, former President
Member, Constitutional Convention, 1871
Nebraska Territorial Legislature, member


Nebraska in 1857. 1857.

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