James Rogers McConnell was born in Chicago, Illinois, on 14 March 1887, one of three children of Samuel P. and Sarah Rogers McConnell. The elder McConnell practiced law in Chicago from 1872- 1889, and served as Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court from 1889-1894. After an interval of private practice, he moved to New York City, where he served as vice-president and counsel of the George A. Fuller Company until his retirement in 1904.
The younger McConnell grew up-in Chicago and New York City. He gained a certificate from the Haverford School in Pennsylvania before entering the University of Virginia in 1907. He spent two years in the College and a year in the Law School, withdrawing from his studies in the spring of 1910. While at Virginia, Jim McConnell held memberships in Beta Theta Pi, Theta Nu Epsilon, O.W.L., T.I.L.K.A., and the German Club. He was King of the Hot Foot Society, Editor-in-Chief of Corks and Curls, Assistant Cheer Leader, a member of the New York Club and President of the Aero Club, which he had helped to found. His bonhomie and bagpipe-playing gave rise to fond memories among his college contemporaries.
This exhibit is drawn largely from McConnell's personal papers and from materials
in the University of Virginia Archives. The first two sections below are further
subdivided by topic or chronology.