Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JAMES J. DODD is one of the well known professional men of Lincoln county.  On March 13, 1894, Mr. Dodd was admitted to practice law in the superior courts of the state of Washington.  In January, 1899, he was admitted to the supreme court and to the United States district and circuit courts.  At the time of his admission the Lincoln county papers contained the following paragraph: "J.  J. Dodd, of Creston, one of the best known citizens of Lincoln county, successfully passed his examination for admission to the bar on Monday and was ordered admitted by Judge Mount.  The examination was conducted by C. H. Neal and Judge Caton, and Mr. Dodd answered every question correctly with one exception.  He was highly complimented by Judge Mount who said that Mr. Dodd had passed the best and highest of any applicant ever admitted to practice law in Lincoln county."
     J. J. Dodd was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, on February 8, 1831, the son of Uriah and Ally D. (Hutchins) Dodd, natives of Virginia.  The father went to Kentucky when a boy and later to Illinois where he followed farming.  He had two uncles of the Dodd family and three uncles on his mother's side, who fought in the Revolutionary war.  The latter were named Cook.  The two oldest were killed at the battle of Bunker Hill.  The mother had two uncles also in the war of Independence.  Our subject had very scanty opportunities to gain an education in his youthful days and the little log school house in Hancock county, Illinois, was the scene of his studies until fourteen when he started out to meet the responsibilities of life.  In 1857 he commenced reading law under Judge Thomas S. Richardson, of Memphis, Missouri, having in previous years given himself to arduous personal research in literary lines.  During this study his health broke down and he desisted to crossed the plains in 1859 to California.  He remained at St. Helena, Napa county, until 1862, then returned to Illinois and in 1865 to Missouri.  In 1876 he went to Kansas.  In 1880, we find him in the Cherokee nation and in 1888, he came on to Lincoln county, with teams.  Here in 1890, he again commenced the study of law under Judge J. Brock of Davenport and was admitted to the bar as stated above.
     In 1851, Mr. Dodd married Adeline A. Browning, who was a very scholarly lady.  She was born in Tennessee, on December 31, 1830.  In 1868, Mr. Dodd contracted a second marriage, his former wife having died, and Miss Mary A. Moss of Kentucky, then became Mrs. Dodd.  The following children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Dodd; Uriah E., Mrs. Adelina Ettenborough, Mrs. Allie L. Covey, John B., George H. and Moxey M.  Mr. Dodd voted for Franklin Pierce in 1852 and has voted for every Democratic president since.  He is one of the stanch and stable men of the party and has ever manifested a keen interest in political matters.  Mr. Dodd has certainly gained a marked distinction in fitting himself for the practice of law at the stage of life in which he did, as well as in having the successful practice he has conducted since.