Judge Newton C. Young

Judge Newton C. Young is a prominent and successful lawyer who is now serving as associate judge, and is the youngest jurist ever on the supreme bench in North Dakota. On his admission to the bar he located in Bathgate, this state, and it was not long before his abilities became widely recognized and he built up an excellent practice, which he continued to enjoy until appointed to his present responsible position. He is now living in Fargo.

Judge Young was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, January 28, 1862, and is a son of Charles S. and Joanna E. (Williams) Young, both natives of Ohio. The father, who has followed farming throughout life, removed from Fulton County, Ohio, to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1849, and is now a resident of Fremont County, Iowa. The grandfather, William Young was a native of Belfast, Ireland, and emigrated to America in 1810, locating in Pennsylvania. He, too, was a farmer.

During his boyhood and youth Judge Young was provided with excellent educational advantages. After attending the schools of Tabor, Iowa, he entered the Iowa City Academy from which he was graduated in 1882. He graduated from the Iowa State University in 1886, and from the law department of that institution in 1887. In June of that latter year, he opened an office in Bathgate, North Dakota, where he was actively engaged in practice until appointed to fill the unexpired term of Judge G. C. Coxless, on the supreme bench in 1898. This appointment was followed by his election in November, 1898, for a full term. Prior to this time he had filled some local positions, and was state's attorney of Pembina County from 1892 until 1896.

In 1887 Judge Young married Miss Ida B. Clarke, a native of Iowa City, and also a graduate of the State University located at that place. Her parents were Charles F. and Julia B. Clarke. Our subject and his wife have three children: Laura B., Horace C. and Dorothea P.

Fraternally the Judge is a member of the Masonic order, the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. Politically he is an ardent Republican and has served on the county and state committees. He is a genial, courteous gentleman, a pleasant, entertaining companion, and has many stanch and admiring friends among all classes. As an energetic, upright and conscientious lawyer and a gentleman of attractive social qualities, he stands high in the esteem of all who know him.

Source:  Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota 1900 Page 166

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