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John C. Neville
(1815 - 1898)

Mayor J.C. Neville
Mayor John C. Neville 1880

John C. Neville was born in Dublin, Ireland, July 27, 1815, where he was educated. He remained at the parental home until he was twenty-one years old. In 1836 or 1837, he came to America, landing in New York, then setttling in Pottsville, PA. In 1840, he began the study of law in the office of Francis W. Hughes (who later became Attorney-General of Pennsylvania) and was admitted to the bar in that state in July 1842.

John was married on April 11, 1843 to Miss Catherine D. Lawton, daughter of Charles Lawton. They had six children in this marriage, four of which died prior to the family's move to Green Bay.

He practiced law in Pottsville until moving to Green Bay December 27, 1856, with his wife and two surviving children, Sopia R. and Arthur C. Here he built up one of the most lucrative clientages in northern Wisconsin. In 1869 he formed a partnership with J.J. Tracy and later with his son Aurthor C.Neville. In 1875, Mr. Tracy withdrew from the firm.

He was District Attorney for several years and was City Attorney in 1862, In 1880 served as mayor, at which time General U. S. Grant visited Green Bay. John Neville escorted him through the city. In 1859, he was elected representative to the State Legislature, taking his seat in 1860, and at the expiration of his term, he declined renomination.

John Neville died in Green Bay at age 83 on October 30, 1898.

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