Blacks@Dartmouth 1775 to 1960

Champion James Waring

College Athlete, First Black Fraternity Member, and Lawyer

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Dartmouth College A.B.

Class of 1883

1897 Chicago Law (LL.B.)

Born  1853  Charleston SC

Died 1932 Chicago IL

Quotes from Biographical Sources

Champion James Waring died October 11, 1932, in Provident Hospital, Chicago, of acute peritonitis, after an emergency operation. He was born in Charleston, S. C, February 23, 1853, his parents being Aaron J., and Eliza Jane (Moore) Waring. He fitted at the Preparatory Department of Oberlin College. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi.

After graduation he went to Galveston, Tex., and taught there in the public schools until about 1888. He was next at Topeka, Kans., and then in Chicago, first as a teacher, and then for seven years in real estate business. Meanwhile he began the study of medicine, and continued it for three years. Then turning to the law, he graduated from Chicago Law School in 1898, was admitted to the bar in that year, and began a practice which was successfully continued until his death. August 3, 1929, he received injuries which nearly proved fatal and from which he never entirely recovered. In 1926-8 he was president of the Cook County Bar Association.

November 27, 1885, he was married to Cora F., daughter of Thomas M. and Maria Calhoun of Galveston, who lost her life in the Galveston flood, September 8, 1900, while on a visit to her former home. They had two daughters, the elder of whom, Elizabeth, died March 1, 1918, and the younger, Vivian A., now Mrs. Miller, lives at 11362 Bishop St., Chicago.


Necrology. (Oct 1933). Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, 26(1), 31.

Other source(s)

  1. Hold Funeral Service for Atty. Waring. (Oct 22, 1932). The Chicago Defender, p. 2.

Profile image source: Crop from "Vintage sports photos—previously seen only in black and white—come to life with a touch of color." Colorization by Sanna Dullaway. Online Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Jan-Feb 2019