JAMES COLIN MCEACHEN. lawyer, was
born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, November 7, 1863, the
second son of John and Christine (Gillis) McEachen. both of the Highlands
of Scotland. He received his early education at St. Dunstan ‘s College,
Charlottetown, came to New York at the age of sixteen, and was graduated
from the law school of New York University, May 15,
1884, with the degree of LL.B., and was
admitted to the New York Bar. For seven years he was a member of the firm
of James, Schell & Elkus: since 1594 he has practised alone. He has an
especially large and important practice for brewers.
Mr. McEachen was attorney and was successful in the
defence of an action to impress a trust on the Yuengling Brewerv. now
owned by Bernheimer & Schwartz. The case was tried twice, once before
Judge Smythe, who heard testimony, but died before decision was rendered,
and finally before Judge Scott. In 1895 he was appointed special guardian
of Mabel Sherman, in the contest of the will of Josephine Peyton, and
secured for his ward the entire estate of $10,000,000, with the exception
of a few charitable bequests and a legacy of $5,000 a year for five years
to her stepfather. He is attorney for Bernheimer & Schwartz, New York;
John F. Betz & Son, Philadelphia; Wiedeman Brewing Company, Brooklyn; The
Greenwich Dairy Company; Paul Westphal Company; and other prominent firms.
Mr. McEachen was three years Chief of the New York
Caledonian Club, and has been Secretary of the New York Canadian Society.
He is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York; the
Old Guard; and a life member of the New York Burns Society. He takes a
great interest in Scottish sports and in his more active sporting days won
many trophies in the field.
He married, April 18, 1887, Mary E. McKenna, daughter
of John McKenna, building contractor. They have one son, John, a member of
the New York Bar; and one daughter, Christine. Mr. McEachen‘s home is at
Rockvile Center, Long Island, N. Y.; his business address, 45 Broadway,
New York City.