Farrar L. McCain. Particularly
distinguished among Muskogee’s residents and professional men is
Farrar L. McCain–popularly known as Judge McCain. He had made good
to a brilliant degree before coming to Oklahoma and Muskogee is to be
congratulated on the fact that his talents have been transplanted to
this community. Hitherto an Arkansan, his parentage points back to
prominence in North Carolina and Tennessee as well, with records of
Revolutionary service in still earlier generations. In the national
struggle for independence, Judge McCain’s great-grandfather was a
captain of great patriotic activity. The family was of Scotch-Irish
origin and have been particularly well known in North Carolina, which
was the birthplace of the judge’s grandfather, William Ross McCain.
latter removed to
Tipton County, Tennessee, the native place of his son, William S.
McCain, who lived to become the father of our subject and to whose
history we pause to devote some brief details.
A short time after
the close of the Civil war, William S. McCain settled in Arkansas,
where he married Miss Eliza Chesnutt, a native of that state, but a
daughter of Alabama parents. They established a home notable for
characteristics peculiarly those of the Scotch-Irish race–thrift,
frugality and intellectual ideals, combined with sturdy piety. The
religion of Scotch Presbyterianism was theirs by descent and has been
loyally adhered to by their household. Four sons were born to William
and Eliza McCain, the eldest being Farrar L. McCain, the subject of
this review, who was born on December 16, 1874, at Monticello, Drew
father before him was a lawyer. He practiced in Drew County for a
time and in 1877 removed to Pine Bluff, in the same state. Another
change of location, in 1885, made the family residents of the City of
Little Rock, Arkansas. There William S. McCain rose to distinction in
the legal profession in which he was active
until the end of his life, in 1808. The same city is still the home
of Mrs. McCain, our subject’s mother.
The education of
Farrar L. McCain was obtained first from private schools; then from
courses in the Methodist College at Little Rock, and later from
Arkansas College, at Batesville, where he received the degree of
Bachelor of Arts. Having elected to follow the profession of law, no
better tutelage could be wished for than that which the young man
could be given by his father. Natural gifts, a good foundation, his
own enthusiasm and his father’s interest all combined to make his
progress rapid indeed, and the very day on which Farrar McCain
attained to his majority saw him admitted to the practice of law in
the district courts of Arkansas. In the following year he was
admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the state.
As a lawyer of
established status, Mr. McCain became an associate of his father’s
firm in Little Rock and in time William McCain and his son became the
sole members of the firm. Their practice was extensive and important
in quality and continued on the same basis for ten years during which
time Farrar McCain was honored by election to the Arkansas
Legislature. In 1904 he came to Muskogee.
In 1909 Mr. McCain
was appointed by Governor Haskell to the office of superior court
judge at Muskogee. In the following year he was again proffered this
office by the election of citizens and held it from 1910 until 1914.
In the latter year he resigned to accept the general attorneyship of
the Midland Valley Railroad for Oklahoma. Although he had been
honored by re-election to his judgeship at primary election, he chose
to lay down the reins of political office for the active legal
practice of the railroad connection.
Judge McCain has
ever been active in the councils of the democratic party. He has
served as chairman of both the city and county committees as well as
on the Executive Committee of both organizations. He has furthermore
been a delegate to many political conventions and has been otherwise
active. In his profession he has risen to prominence as president of
the Muskogee City Bar Association. Fraternally he is a member both of
the fraternal order of Elks and of the Modern Woodmen and Masons. In
church affiliation he is a Presbyterian. The judge’s life companion
is a former Arkansas lady, nee Katherine Adams, to whom he was
married on January 31, 1900, at Little Rock, Arkansas. The
second generation of the Muskogee family of McCain consists of Mr.
and Mrs. McCain’s one son, Samuel Barton McCain.