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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
James Colin McEachen


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.


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