|Name||Isaac J. Lichtenberg |
|Photographer||F. LaRoche |
|Highest Rank||Private |
|Unit||Co. B, 5th New York Infantry |
|Born||June 5, 1845 |
|Place Born||New York City, NY |
|Died||September 4, 1905 |
|Place Died||Bellingham, WA |
|Buried||New York State |
|Service Record||Enlisted (under alias Charles Westerfield) on 11/1/1862 at New York City, NY as a Private and mustered into "B" Co. NY 5th Cavalry; badly wounded in left leg at Battle of the Wilderness (May 5-7, 1864); discharged for disability (September 1864) |
|Obit/Notes||-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 6, 1905|
JUDGE LICHTENBERG DIES IN BELLINGHAM
First Judge of King County Superior Court After State's Admission
HOME ON LOPEZ ISLAND
Removed to Farm After Retirement From Bench -- Widow and One Son Survive
BELLINGHAM, Sept. 5.--I. J. Lichtenberg, the first superior court judge of King county, after the state's admission into the Union, died in this city yesterday afternoon at St. Luke's hospital, death resulting from liver trouble.
Judge Lichtenberg was, at the time of his death, and had been for several years, a resident of Lopez island, whither he removed to the farm at the time he left the bench.
He is survived by his widow and a son, Benjamin Lichtenberg, in command of the revenue launch Guard, at Friday Harbor. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, but the body may be shipped to his old home in New York, where he has two brothers residing.
Rev. Dr. H. K. Hines' History of Washington gives this sketch of Judge Lichtenberg: "I. J. Lichtenberg was born in New York city June 5, 1845.
"His parents, Jacob and Caroline Lichtenberg, were of German and English descent respectively. Jacob Lichtenberg was a manufacturing jeweler of New York city. From there he moved to Callao, Peru, and later to Valparaiso, Chile, where he passed the closing years of his.
"I. J. Lichtenberg was the first born in a family of four children, three of whom survive. He attended public school and college in his native city until he was 17, when he dropped his studies and enlisted in 1862 in the Fifth New York cavalry, and served in the cavalry corps of the army of the Potomac. He was wounded in the battle of the Wilderness in May, 1864, and, being unfitted for further service, was discharged in the fall of that year. Until January, 1889, he carried the ball in his leg, suffering almost continuously, and as a last resort had his leg amputated.
"After the war he followed a mercantile life in New York city for some time. From there he removed to Pottsville, Pa., where he began reading law under the preceptorship of O. P. Bechtel, a lawyer of considerable prominence and now one of the judge of common pleas in Schuylkill county.
"Mr. Lichtenberg was admitted to the bar in 1874, and at once engaged in practice at Pottsville, where he remained until 1887. Then he came to Seattle, continuing his professional career here. His ability as a lawyer at once advanced him to the fron rank of his profession, and with the admission of Washington to statehood in 1889, he was honored by being elected the first superior judge of King county, and this, too, on the Democratic ticket, when the Republican majority was about 1, 200. Up to March, 1890, he was the only superior judge in the county. When the business of the court had reached such proportions that the legislature appointed two additional judges, and Judge Lichtenberg was assigned to the court of equity.
"His mode of conducting court being one of much dignity, rapidity and justice, his service was highly appreciated. Among the profession he is highly honored and respected for his firm, decisive, yet impartial rulings. Quick in discerning points of law and equity, and rendering his verdicts according to the facts without fear or favor, he was considered one of the ablest jurists upon the superior bench of the state.
"Judge Lichtenberg was married in Pottsville, Pa., to Miss Emma Barr, a native of that state. One child, Benjamin, has been born to them.
"The judge has been an active supporter of the G. A. R. since the earliest organization of that body. He was formerly a member of Gowen Post, No. 23, of Pottsville, and now belongs to Stevens Post, No. 1, of Seattle."
-- Funeral notice, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Sunday, September 10, 1905
LICHTENBERG - At Bellingham, September 4, 1905, I. J. Lichtenberg, aged 60 years; member Stevens Post, G. A. R.
Funeral services will be held from the parlors of the Bonney-Watson Co. this (Sunday) afternoon at 4 o'clock under auspices of Stevens Post, G. A. R. All old soldiers and member of King County Bar Association and friends invited to attend. Remains will be shipped to New York city, N. Y. for interment.
|Subjects (TGM)||Lichtenberg, Isaac J.--Portrait photographs|
Grand Army of the Republic. Stevens Post No. 1--People--Washington (State)--Seattle--Portrait photographs
United States--History--Civil War, 1961-1865--Veterans--Washington (State)--Seattle--Portrait photographs
|Digital Collection||Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Portraits|
|Order Number||GAR045 |
|Ordering Information||To order a reproduction or to inquire about permission, contact the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room in The Seattle Public Library at (206) 386-4633 or send email to email@example.com. |
|Photograph Number||12.3 |
|Repository||Seattle Public Library |
|Repository Collection||Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room, Local History Collection |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned as 400 ppi TIFF on a Microtek 9800 scanner; derivatives created using Adobe Photoshop (600 pixels wide) and saved as a JPG file using Photoshop's image quality "8". Scanning performed in 1/2007. |
|Studio Location||Seattle, WA |
|Original Creator||Laroche, Frank |