Since this volume is purporting to grant consideration to the leading citizens of Nez Perces County, therefore it is fitting that the gentleman whose name is at the head of this article should be mentioned herein, since also he is a man of good standing, uprightness and ability, and has spent most of his days in this and adjacent counties. James R. was born in San Francisco, on November 15, 1865.
He was elected city treasurer in 1891, and that and various other employments occupied him until 1895, when he was appointed deputy sheriff under his brother, Harry Lydon. Two years later, this labor being finished, he “went into the employ of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and continued there until 1900, when the people called him to act as County treasurer.
He was nominated on the Democratic ticket, and although many of that ticket suffered defeat he was elected by a handsome majority. Since January 1, 1 901, he has filled that office with credit to himself and acceptability to the constituency.
Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903