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James G. Doran is one of the successful lawyers of Western Oklahoma. He has had an active business and professional career, not only in Oklahoma hut in several other western states and the value of his citizenship has been expressly appreciated in recent years at Laverne, his present home.
He was born November 6, 1857, at Xenia, Ohio, son of William and Rebecca (Haywood) Doran, his father a native of Ohio and his mother of New Jersey. There were ten children in the family, and it is a remarkable fact that all of them are still living, named as follows: John L., Frank M., Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Isaac, James G., Rebecca and Oscar.
During his infancy James G. Doran’s parents moved to Indianapolis, where he spent the years until he was twenty-two. In the meantime he attended the public schools, graduated from St. Mary’s Academy at the age of eighteen, and then entered a law office where he studied until admitted to the bar of Indiana at the age of twenty-one. After one year of preliminary practice at Indianapolis, he moved to Nebraska, and later practiced in Colorado, North Dakota and Missouri until 1900. In that year his homo was moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where for two years he gave his attention to the life insurance business. From Muskogee Mr. Doran went to Mangum, and soon afterwards to Laverne, where he has since enjoyed a profitable law practice.
In 1912 he was appointed a justice of the peace and in 1913 was elected police judge of Laverne, an office he filled with credit for three years. He is an active democrat.
On October 14, 1893, at Marshalltown, Iowa, Mr. Doran married Miss Cora Berry, daughter of Benjamin Berry. Mrs. Doran was born May 24, 1862, and died February 19, 1899, at Bosworth, Missouri. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church. She is survived by one child, Lloyd Doran, who was born at Bosworth, Missouri, October 25, 1897, and was graduated from the high school at Mangum, Oklahoma, with the class of 1914.