Republican League Register of Oregon, The Register Publishing Company, 1896, page 273.
TOLMAN, GENERAL JAMES C., of Ashland, was born in Washington County, Ohio, March 12, 1813. HE spent three years as apprentice to a leather manufacturer, and then spent a ear at the university at Athens, Ohio. He early entered politics as an ardent Whig supporter of General Harrison. In 1839 he moved to Iowa, and ran for the legislature in Van Buren County, being the only Whig coming anywhere near election. In 1845 he engaged in leather manufacturing at Ottumwa, and was elected to the legislature from there. In 1849 he crossed the plains to California. In 1851 he returned to Iowa, having been successful as a miner. In 1852 he again crossed the plains and settled in Rouge River valley. In 1853 he went to Coos bay, but returned the next year and embarked extensively in the stock business. In 1858 he was elected the first County Judge of Jackson County, and was re-elected in 1862. For years he was prominent in Republican work in the state. In 1876 he was a delegate to the national convention. In 1874 he was the Republican nominee for Governor, but was defeated by the third-party movement of that year. In 1878 he was appointed Surveyor General of Oregon by President Hayes, and was reappointed 1 882 by President Arthur.