Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
James M. Woolworth
1829 - 1906
Born in 1829 in Onondaga County, New York, Mr. Woolworth graduated with high honors from Hamilton College in 1849, and took up the study of law. After two years practicing in Syracuse, New York, he determined to go west and locate in the new community of Omaha City, Nebraska Territory, arriving on October 31, 1856.
A successful attorney, he became the first Omaha City attorney in 1859, following the city's incorporation. Also involved in politics, he served in the Nebraska Territorial Legislature, and in 1871 was a delegate to the first state Constitutional Convention. In 1882, he was appointed attorney for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
In Omaha's early days, it was common to engage in several pursuits. No exception, Mr. Woolworth served as counsel for the Union Stock Yards and the South Omaha Land Syndicate in the 1880's, and was a director of the First National Bank. He was elected president of the American Bar Association in 1896.
A member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, he served as a lay delegate to the church's general conventions for 20 years, and was Chancellor of the Episcopal Church
His first wife, the former Helen Beggs of Syracuse, died in 1867. His second wife, Elizabeth Butterfield Woolworth, died in 1897. Both women are also buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
His lavish home on St. Mary's Avenue featured a mantel in the front hall made of stone, brick and wood taken from buildings dating before the organization of the Nebraska Territory in 1854.
Mr. Woolworth was buried at Prospect Hill on June 17, 1906, at the age of 77 years. Woolworth Avenue was named for him.
Historic marker dedicated on: [no date]
Erected by Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is June 17, 1906.
Location. 41° 16.63′ N, 95° 57.562′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is in Prospect Hill Cemetery, 3202 Parker Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Prospect Hill -- Omaha's Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); James G. Megeath (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Johan and Sophia Ahmanson (about 400 feet away); Andrew Jackson Poppleton (about 400 feet away); William Davis Brown (about 400 feet away); Alfred Sorenson (about 400 feet away); Joseph Francis Bauman (about 500 feet away); John Wesley Nichols (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . . James Woolworth Vignette in Omaha Illustrated. (Submitted on August 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 570 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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