Judge John Henry Padgham (small)Judge John Henry Padgham was born 11 December 1848 in Farmington, Ontario (Canada) to John H and Mary (Newark) Padgham (both of British origin).[1]    He was the nephew of Circuit Court Judge Philip Padgham, with whom he partnered in an Allegan County law practice – Padgham & Padgham – from 1876 to 1889.[2]  Our subject served on the bench of the Allegan County Probate Court from 1881 to 1885.[3]

Judge John Henry Padgham headstoneAt some point thereafter, Judge Padgham removed to Salmon, Idaho, where on 22 Jun 1909, he is named as a charter member of the Masonic Lodge in that place, holding the office of “king.”  The original petition for the lodge, dated 6 March 1908, bears his signature.[4]  He was admitted to the Idaho Bar and is found serving as the Lemhi County Secretary of State for the village of Salmon, Idaho in 1918-1919.[5]  Judge Padgham died 31 January 1936 in Salmon and is also buried in that place.[6]


  1. s.v. John Henry PadghamFindagrave.com (also the source for the headstone photo).
  2. George Irving Reed, Bench and Bar of Michigan: A Volume of History and Biography (Century Publishing & Engraving Co, 1897), 295.
  3. Henry Franklin Thomas, A Twentieth Century History of Allegan County, Michigan (Allegan: Lewis Publishing Co, 1907).
  4. Everett R Turnbull & Ray V Denslow, A History of Royal Arch Masonry, Part Two (Kessinger Publishing, 2004), 815.
  5. Biennial Report of the Secretary of State for the State of Idaho (1918), 45.
  6. s.v. John Henry PadghamFindagrave.com.

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