James E. Burke, one of the highly successful of the younger attorneys of Joliet, is a member of one of the prominent
pioneer families of Will County. He was born in this city, Oct. 26, 1898, the son of James and Nora (Ryder) Burke.
James Burke was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1867, and was a son of Thomas Burke, one of the earliest settlers of
Joliet. James Burke was a moulder by trade and came to Joliet in early youth with his parents. He soon established
a business in this city and was thus successfully engaged at the time of his death in April, 1902. His wife died
Nov. 11, 1927, and they are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Joliet. She was born at Wolverhampton, England, Oct.
9, 1870. Both Mr. and Mrs. Burke were members of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Joliet. They were the parents of the
following children: Thomas, a World War veteran, now assistant city engineer, Joliet; Mary, married Raymond Schuster,
lives at Joliet; Marjorie, lives at Joliet; James E., the subject of this sketch; and Leo, deceased.
James E. Burke has always lived in Joliet. He received his early education in the parochial and public schools
and later attended Notre Dame University. He was graduated from the Law School of DePauw University in 1922, and
in October of that year was admitted to the Illinois State bar. He immediately became associated with the law firm
of Faulkner & Faulkner. At present Mr. Burke is connected with the firm of Donovan, Bray & Gray. He was
appointed assistant state's attorney of Will County, Ill., August, 1926.
Mr. Burke is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and belongs to the Elks Lodge, Delta Theta Phi fraternity,
American Legion, and Chamber of Commerce. In politics he is a Republican.
During the World War Mr. Burke served in the Student Army Training Corps at Notre Dame University, and was discharged
with the rank of corporal.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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