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Jonathan James Bishop


Prominent among Jefferson county's native sons is Jonathan James Bishop, now serving as county clerk. He was born in Chimacum, May 9, 1870, and is a son of William and Hannah (Hutchinson) Bishop, natives of England and Scotland respectively. In early life the father joined the English navy and served in the Crimean war. On one of his trips to America he resigned on reaching Victoria and in 1855 became a resident of Washington, where he folllowed farming to 1890, when he retired. Here he died in 1906, at the age of seventy-two years. The mother of our subject was reared and educated in Scotland and Ireland and she, too, became an early settler of Washington, being married in Chimacum, January 14, 1868. She passed away in 1902, at the age of sixty-five years. In the family were seven children, namely: Thomas G.; William; Mrs. Elizabeth A'an Trojen, deceased; A. A.; Jonathan James; Anna M. Hinde; and Amelia Bugge.

During his boyhood Jonathan James Bishop attended the public schools of Chimacum, pursuing his studied under one teacher for ten years. He then worked on a ranch for several years and afterward pursued a normal course at Coupeville, Washington, graduating in 1892. The following year was devoted to teaching in Chimacum and at the end of that time he entered the law department of the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated with the LL.B. degree in 1895. Returning to Washington, he located at Port Townsend, where he was engaged in practice for a short time but in 1914 was elected county clerk and has since filled that office with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents.

On the 2ist of September, 1896, near Ladner, British Columbia, Mr. Bishop was united in marriage to Miss Pauline J. Chase, a daughter of John and Mary E. (Haskins) Chase, who at one time were well known citzens of Coupeville, Washington. The father is now deceased, but the mother is still living and makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. Our subject and his wife have six children, namely: Florence, born in Port Townsend, June 8, 1897; Maizie, who was born September 15, 1899, and is now attending the State School for Defective Youth at Medical Lake; Prentiss C, who was born January 13, 1902, and is attending high school in Port Townsend; Myron J., born August 2, 1905, and Wilbert R., born July 30, 1910, both in school at Port Townsend; and Vinton Chase, born November 3, 1916.

Mr. Bishop is probably one of the best known county ofiicials in Jefferson county and he enjoys the confidence and respect of the entire community. He has filled the office of notary public and by his ballot always supports the men and measures of the rejniblican party. He is a member of the Native Sons of Washington, the Woodmen of the World and the Women of Woodcraft.

Source: Washington, west of the Cascades; historical and descriptive; the explorers, the Indians, the pioneers, the modern; (Volume 2); by Herbert Hunt; Publisher: Chicago, Seattle, etc., The S. J. Clarke publishing company; 1917.

 
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