Biography of Hon. George S. Addams
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HON. GEORGE S. ADDAMS is judge of the Insolvency and Juvenile courts of Cuyahoga County, positions which he has held since December 1, 1905. He was born in Harrison County, Ohio, in 1869. His father was George W. Addams and his mother, Caroline Stanton. His ancestors on both sides were among the earliest settlers of the state. He was educated in the public schools of Salem, Oberlin College and the Law School of the University of Cincinnati, having been admitted to the bar in 1892, since which time he has been engaged in active practice in the City of Cleveland. In 1896 Judge Addams married Florence Farrand, a native of Cleveland, and has two sons, Stanton and Carl Benjamin, the former of whom is now a practicing lawyer of the Cleveland bar.

The Juvenile Court of Cuyahoga County is the second of its kind, having been preceded by the Juvenile Court of Chicago, and Judge Addams has occupied the office almost from the inception of the court. He has either directed or participated in securing most of the present child legislation of Ohio. He initiated the legislation providing, for the recodification of the laws applying to children, and Ohio was the first state to have a Children’s Code. Much legislation in other states pertaining to children has been patterned after these laws. Judge Addams has probably tried more cases involving children than any other living man.

All the interests subsidiary to the Juvenile Court, such as the Detention Home. and Mothers’ Pension Department, have been established during Judge Addams’ administration and are models of their kind. His influence has been helpful to, and many of his suggestions followed by, philanthropic agencies of Cleveland, with which he has always been most intimate.

The powers of both the Insolvency and Juvenile courts have been enlarged by almost every legislature until the courts are now regarded as among the most important institutions in the community. One of the functions of the Insolvency Court is to try all of the cases where private property is taken for public or semi-public purposes. There has scarcely been a public improvement in Cuyahoga County in the last twenty years some phase of which has not been determined in the Insolvency Court, the recent ones being the appropriation of the land necessary for the city and metropolitan park systems and the new Union Terminals Station on the Public Square.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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