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Judge James Bostick Gaston


Gainesville (Georgia) News, 14 June 1916
Judge J. B. Gaston Dies in Chicago

Judge James Bostick Gaston of this city while in attendance as a delegate from the ninth District upon the National Republican Convention in Chicago, was stricken last Saturday with hemorrhage of the brain causing loss of speech and complete paralysis of the right side. He was immediately moved to the Washington Park Hotel where every attention was given. He died Tuesday, June 13, at 12:30 PM. Both of his sons Jim and Bentley were at his bedside and they will accompany his remains to Gainesville on Thursday. The party will reach Gainesville on Southern train No. 40 Thursday afternoon. The funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Judge is survived by his widow and eight children. John F., J. Bentley, Grady, James Bostwick and William. Mrs. F. G. Howell of Dallas, Mrs. George Howell of Atlanta, one sister, Mrs. J. B. Harbinson of Atlas, OK and his stepfather Judge J. B. Brittain of Gainesville. Judge Gaston was born in Lumpkin County, GA March 7, 1849 moving to Gainesville in 1871 and in 1876 he entered The Federal Service and for the next 32 years he has been U. S, Commissioner for this District. During his long residence in this city he has filled many positions of trust and honor, he has twice been mayor of this city and it was during his term of office that the city hall was built and Gainesville first secured a municipal water works. He has been a member of the Board of Education continuously since the foundation of the public school system and was at the time of his death Chairman of the Board. Judge Gaston was the leading member of the Republican Party of the Ninth District and one of the most influential leasers in the state. He has been a constant attendant upon the Republican National Conventions since 1884, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912 and it is a remarkable coincident that at the adjournment of the last convention he too should have closed the book. Judge Gaston was on of our most progressive citizens, always stating for what was the best for the community and lending his great ability for the successful achievement of what purpose. His good works speak for themselves; no greater tribute could be paid any man. Judge Gaston was loyal to this friends and stanch and honest in this manhood we to Grieve with his family and his great number of friends at this departure from our midst. [Obituary from the Gainesville News]