Solano County

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James J. McDonald, the efficient and faithful sheriff of Solano county, has been serving continuously in that important position since he was first elected in 1906, his long retention in the office being conclusive evidence that his incumbency has been eminently satisfactory. Mr. McDonald is a native of Ireland, born on the 27th of May, 1858, and is a son of Joseph and Catherine (Toole) McDonald. He was reared on his father's farm and secured his educational training in the public schools of his home neighborhood. At the age of eighteen years he immigrated to the United States, landing at New York in May, 1877, and he came at once to Solano county. For a time after his arrival here he was employed at ranch work and then went to Orr and bought a farm, to the cultivation of which he devoted himself for eight years.

In 1894 Mr. McDonald came to Vallejo and established a livery stable. He early took a deep interest in public affairs, and in 1898 he was elected to the office of county coroner, being reelected in 1902. In 1906 Mr. Mc-Donald-received further recognition when he was elected sheriff of Solano county, and he has since been the incumbent of that office, the duties of which he has discharged faithfully and conscientiously. It was during his first term that the county jail at Fairfield was erected. In 1894 Mr. McDonald had also established an undertaking business at No. 228 Virginia street, Vallejo, which he has conducted under the name of J. J. McDonald, and it is his intention to retire from the shrievalty at the end othis -present term in order to devote his entire time and attention to that business, while he also has extensive ranch and sheep interests which require his attention. He has held public office continuously since 1898, a period of over twenty-seven years, and his record in this connection has been an honorable one.

In 1889 Mr. McDonald was married to Miss Adelia Devlin, a daughter of John Devlin and a native of Solano county. Her death occurred August 20, 1920. To Mr. and Mrs. McDonald were born four children, Aloysius J., Francis I., Justine E. and Cyril J. Politically Mr. McDonald has always given his support to the democratic party, while fraternally he is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is a director of the Vallejo National Bank and is held in high esteem by his business associates.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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