Obituary of James Berdan, Class of 1824, included in the June 1885 edition of the Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College. He had a law practice and served as a County Judge at Jacksonville, Illinois.
The last few pages of this booklet are a summary of the deceased graduates and an index, all pages of which appear at the end of this post.
James Berdan, son of David and Sarah Berdan, was born in the city of New York, July 4, 1805.
He studied law in New York City, where he was admitted to the bar in 1827. He began the practice of his profession there, in connection with his brother-in-law, Pierre M. Irving, but in 1832 removed to the West. In 1833 he settled in Jacksonville, Ill., and there opened a law office. He was twice elected Judge of the County Court, serving from 1849 to 1857. In all places of trust, public and private, his course was highly honorable to himself and satisfactory to his constituents.
He died at his home in Jacksonville, August 24, 1884, at the age of 79.
He married, June 27, 1848, Jane P. Simms, daughter of J. R. Simms, of Jacksonville, who survives him, with an adopted daughter.
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