Biographical sketch of HON. LINCOLN AVERY from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans three (3) pages: 226-228
HON. LINCOLN AVERY
The choice of a profession as a necessity to success is based upon two fundamental principles, one of which is, that he who does not strive does not attain.The fact is immutable that every man is compelled either to work and succeed or worry and be left behind in the race.There is no value which has not become so through patient and long continued toil.There is no achievement disproportionate to the effort spent upon it.All that we call progress, whether in civilization, art, education or prosperity; from the culture of barley stalk (sic) to the construction of a battle-ship; from the sculpturing of a statue to the perfecting of a man, depends upon labor.Activity is the cradle in which God rocks the universe.All that ministers to success in any calling, all that gives peace and secures happiness, springs from hard, honest labor, mental or physical.The highway of fortune, where all labor and success rest, is steep and difficult of access and puts to the proof the energies of him who would reach the summit.Among the many that strive but few succeed in attaining the height, but upon those few very largely rest the responsibility, the success, the destiny of society and the state.
The above line of thought is suggested while contemplating the career of the distinguished lawyer and successful self-made man to a brief review of whose career the following lines are devoted, a man who by the sheer force of strong mentality, actuated by an energy such as few have known, has worked himself upward from obscurity to a proud position among the eminent professional and public men of the state which is honored by his citizenship.Hon. Lincoln Avery, the eleventh in a family of twelve children, whose parents were Anthony R. and Sarah (Hilborn) Avery, was born in the township of Pickering, county and province of Ontario, Canada, on the 24th of October, 1860.When he was about ten years old his parents changed their abode to St. Clair county, Michigan, settling on a farm in Grant township, where they spent the remainder of their days.There young Lincoln spent his childhood and youthful years, acquiring a preliminary education in the district schools and receiving from his parents those lessons of wisdom and practical industry which had so much to do in forming a symmetrical character and shaping for a career of usefulness the whole trend of his subsequent life.Animated by a desire to add to his intellectual attainments, Mr. Avery entered the State Normal School, where he prosecuted the higher branches of learning for some time, subsequently becoming a student of the Michigan Agricultural College at Lansing, from which he was graduated in 1882 with the degree of B. S.Realizing the advisability of choosing a life work as early as possible, he decided to make law his profession, and after a preliminary course of reading under the direction of competent instructors, entered, in 1885, the law department of the State University at Ann Arbor, from which he received the degree of LL. B. with the class of 1886.Before completing his course in the above institution he was admitted to the bar in Port Huron and immediately thereafter effected a copartnership with his brother, the late A. R. Avery, which in due time became one of the strongest and most successful legal firms in the county of St. Clair.In this connection it may be proper to state that while pursuing his studies in the college at Lansing he was elected superintendent of the St. Clair county public schools, a position he held for a period of three years, during which time he did much to advance the standard of education, making the system within his jurisdiction one of the best in the state.From 1886 until 1892 Mr. Avery devoted his attention exclusively to the practice of his profession and built up a large and lucrative business in the courts of St. Clair county, winning recognition as one of the ablest as well as one of the most honorable members of the local bar.In the latter year he was the Republican nominee for the office of prosecuting attorney and, after making a brilliant canvass, defeated his competitor by a majority of six hundred votes.This victory in a circuit normally Democratic attested not only his eminent fitness for the office, but also his great personal popularity with the people and with such ability and credit did he discharge the duties of the office that at the ensuing election, in 1894, he was chosen his own successor by the unprecedented majority of two thousand five hundred, running far in advance of his ticket and receiving a larger vote than that cast for any of his predecessors.At the expiration of his second term he was elected city attorney, in which, as in the office of prosecutor, he displayed an ability and conscientious devotion to duty that added greatly to his name and fame as one of the leaders of the Port Huron bar.While serving his second term as attorney for the city, Mr. Avery was appointed collector of customs for the district of Port Huron, immediately after which he resigned the former office to enter upon the duties of the latter.The honorable distinction achieved in the discharge of his functions as prosecutor and city attorney paved the way for a still higher reputation which he attained in one of the most exacting of offices, an office requiring not only sound judgement and straightforward business methods, but also a foresight and executive ability such as few men possess.To say that he fully met these requirements and demonstrated an easy mastery of the situation, besides satisfying the most critical and exacting, as well as coming up to the high expectations of his many friends, is to state a fact which all freely and cheerfully acknowledge.
As a zealous Republican, Mr. Avery is not only widely and favorably known in the county of his residence where his services have long been appreciated at their true value, but he has also achieved a state reputation for judicious and effective leadership.For a number of years he has been secretary of the county central committee, in which capacity his wise counsel and success as a planner of campaigns resulted in greatly strengthening the local ticket, while his services as a member of the state committee have been equally valuable in leading his party to more than one victory at the polls.He was also honored with a place on the executive committee of state control in the last state campaign and still retains the position to the satisfaction of all concerned, devoting much of his time to the party and making any reasonable sacrifice within his power to strengthen and promote its interests.
To return briefly to Mr. Avery’s profession, it can be truthfully said that the bright promises of his youth have been abundantly realized in his career at the bar.He has been a profound student of jurisprudence in its various phases, is well grounded in the great underlying principles of law and familiar with every detail of practice.Careful and judicious in the preparation of legal papers, painstaking and thorough in their presentation to the court he frequently secures verdicts for his clients by skillful and elaborate arguments, delivered with eloquence and force.He is ready in grasping facts pertinent to the issues involved, and, fortified by his convictions of right, seldom recedes from a position when once taken.Courteous in his treatment of opposing counsel, court and jury, he easily won the respect of his professional brethren, all of whom concede to him the distinguished standing which he has attained as a high-minded lawyer whose course has always been in keeping with the dignity of his profession and in accord with his ideal of manly conduct.
As stated in the beginning of this article, Mr. Avery is essentially the architect of his own fortunes.Without relying upon prestige of the help of friends for success, he early learned to depend upon his own powers and, having supreme confidence in himself, gradually forged to the front, daily growing in public favor until he became prominent in the affairs of his county and state.A man of prompt decisions, he knew how to take advantage of circumstances and in the absence of opportunities possessed the rare power of creating them at will to suit his purposes.Hew has achieved a large measure of success in one of the most arduous of the learned professions and as an official he has adorned every station to which he has been called.In the domain of private citizenship he has shown himself worthy of the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow men and by heartilyseconding or cooperating with every enterprise looking to the material, social and moral advancement of the community has shown himself in the true sense of the word a benefactor and friend of progress.
Mr. Avery’s marriage with Miss Elizabeth Northup, daughter of Dr. Myron Northup, was solemnized on the 23d day of August, 1892, the union resulting in the birth of three children, namely: Florence H., Elizabeth N. and Lincoln J.
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