JAMES H. WALLACE, Sheriff of Pope County, is an invaluable civic officer, prompt, fearless and able in the discharge of the grave and responsible duties of his position, and potent in preserving law and order. He is a native of the county-, and was born in Golconda Precinct, May 8, 1854, a son of George C. and Mary E. (Davis) Wallace, of whom see sketch on another page of this volume.
Our subject was reared on a farm, and early became proficient in all kinds of farm work, assisting his father in caring for the old homestead. His education was not neglected, and a part of each year was devoted to school until he was eighteen years old. He remained an inmate of the parental household until his marriage, and then commenced farming on his own account. He bought a tract of land in Golconda Precinct, and actively engaged in tilling the soil and making improvements until the suffrage of his fellow-citizens called him from private life to important public duties as County Sheriff, to which office he was elected in 1890. He removed to Golconda to assume the functions of the shrievalty, and has since been a resident of the city. He is identified with its social interests as a member of Golconda Lodge No. 392, I. O. O. F. He was formerly associated with the Republicans in politics, but when the People's party was organized he found himself in sympathy with its principles, and withdrew from the old party to cast in his fortune with the new. He is a man of good caliber, holds decided opinions of his own on current topics with which he is familiar, stands high in the estimation of the people among whom he has always lived, and his native county has in him a citizen of sterling merit, who has its best interests at heart.
Mr. Wallace was married March 10, 1881, to Miss Louise Vinyard, a native of Hardin County, and a daughter of Philip and Lucinda (Howard) Vinyard. Two children have been born of their pleasant wedded life, whom they have named George Philip and Myrtle May.
Extracted from Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, published in 1893, page 182
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