Wallace McCamant Biography


        Wallace McCamant was born September 22, 1867, at Hollidaysburg, Pa. He was the son of Thomas and Delia (Rollins) McCamant.

        He received his early education at the public schools of Harrisburg, Pa., and graduated from the Harrisburg High School in 1884 and spent one year at the Harrisburg Academy at the same place. He entered Lafayette College in 1885 and graduated in 1888 with the degree of Ph. B. Read law at Lancaster, Pa., with Brown and Hensel and was admitted to the bar of Pennsylvania at Lancaster in 1890, and to the bar of Oregon the same year, having moved to the state of Oregon during that year.

        Judge McCamant was employed as clerk in the office of Gilbert and Snow from November 1890 to April 1892, when Mr. Gilbert became United States Circuit Judge. He then formed a partnership with Zera Snow (September 1, 1892). He was delegate to the Republican State Conventions 1892-94-96-98 and 1900, and a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1896 and 1900. He was a member of the Federal Commission and Chairman of the Oregon Commission for the celebration of the Washington Bi-Centennial.

        Judge McCamant was appointed Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court January 8, 1917 to succeed Justice Robert Eakin who resigned. He resigned June 4, 1918 and was succeeded by Charles A. Johns. He resumed the practice of law in Portland, in partnership with W. Lair Thompson under the firm name of McCamant & Thompson.

        He married Katherine S. Davis, April 25, 1893 in Phillipsburg, N. J. and had two children.

        Judge McCamant was president of the Oregon Society Sons of American Revolution; Master Ainsworth Chapter Rose Croix; member Loyal Legion, Willamette Lodge A. F. & M., A. and A. S. Rite, Al Kader Temple, A. A. O. M. S., member of the Arlington Club, University Club and Waverly Golf Club in Portland, and a past president of the Oregon State Bar Association.