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JAMES HARRY COVINGTON
James Harry Covington, the retiring editor of The Caducei's, was born in Baltimore, May 3, 1870. His parents removed to Easton, Md., a short time afterward, and his preparatorv education was secured at private schools and at the well-known Easton High School. In 1885 he entered the Maryland Military Academy, remaining there two years. In 1887 he concluded to take up a mercantile career, and went into the service of such an establishment, but at the end of two years he found that his tastes were for study, and entered the law office of U. S. Senator Charles H. Gibson, at Easton, pursuing the study of the law and keeping up his general studies under the tutelage of a junior member of Senator Gibson's law firm. In 1891 he entered the law department of the University of Pennsylvania, and was graduated in 1894. After his admission to the bar, he returned to his home in Easton and began the practice of his profession. He is the author of a legal monograph, "The Sale of Liquors by Social Clubs," which is recognized as an authori tative treatment of the relation of club membership to excise laws; and he has built up a substantial law practice.
For ten years he has been active in Democratic politics in Maryland, appearing frequently on the stump in every campaign from 1895 to the present time. In 1899 he was the candidate of his party for state senator, and conducted a long fight in the courts which ended in a decision that there was no senatorial vacancy in his district. In 1901, without his solicitation and against his wish, he was unanimouslv nominated to represent the district composed of Talbot county, as state senator, for a full term of four years. After a fierce campaign, in which his Republican opponent was Robert B. Dixon, one of the wealthiest bankers in the state, he was defeated by thirty-eight majority. In 1903 he was elected State's Attorney for Talbot county, Maryland, for a term of four years, receiving the largest majority of any candidate on the Democratic ticket.
He was a charter member of the old Delta Chapter of Kappa Sigma, at the Maryland Military Academy, and later he becameone of the founders of Alpha-Epsilon, at the University of Pennsylvania. From his initiation he took an active interest in the Fraternity, and his evident fitness for positions of responsibility led to his election as W. G. P. in 1892, which was followed by election as W. G. M. in 1894. Upon the retirement of Editor Warner in 1895, he was made editor-in-chief of The Caduceus, and served continuously from that time until Jan. 1, 1905, being four times unanimously reelected. He was chairman of the committee to draft the present Constitution of the Fraternity, adopted by the Richmond Conclave, 1894, and that instrument is practically his work. Its fitness and completeness is shown bv the fact that for ten years it has served as the supreme law of the Fraternity, receiving in all that time but a few amendments in details.
Brother Covington took charge of The Caduceus at a time when the Fraternity stood greatly in need of his services, and upon the shortest of notice. During the nine and one-half years of his incumbency the character and tone of the magazine have steadily improved, and it has for years been frequently mentioned with approval by other fraternity editors, as approaching their ideal of that which a fraternity magazine should be. Covington's editorials, thoughtful but not ponderous, sensible but not too unworldly in their wisdom, have probably been copied more widely than those of any other writer for the fraternity press. This is due to the fact that while always dignified in tone and pure in English, they have continually been addressed to the need of the hour in Greek affairs, being void, withal, of narrowness and bitterness. He has known how to take up the cudgels on occasion, however, and has never been uncertain in his support of the just claims of the Fraternity in any matter. Genial and jovial in intercourse with his fellows, a mighty hunter, a master of argument and a good judge of a good story, Brother Covington is as well known to the Fraternity at large as any man in it.
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