Name: Nelson E. Lurton
Birth: 1 JAN 1883
Death: 21 DEC 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri
Reference Number: 48801
(1aaa) Henry Campbell and Olive Caroline (Cope) Lurton's son - Judge Nelson E. Lurton: Unknown newspaper, 27 Dec. 1956: "Judge Lurton died dec.21 in St. Louis": Atty. Nelson E. Lurton of St. Louis, Judge of the United States Court of China in Shanghai for twenty-one years, died Friday morning, 21 Dec. at three thirty o'clock at St. John's hospital in St. Louis, where he had submitted to surgery two weeks ago. He resided at 5966 Enright in that city. Judge Lurton was a son of the late Henry C. and Olive Caroline Cope Lurton and was born in Jersey county on 1 Jan. 1883. He was aged seventy-three years, eleven months and twenty days.
Judge Lurton received his early education in Jersey county. After being admitted to the bar he practiced law in St. Louis for five years. At the end of that period he was appointed U.S. Commissioner to Shanghai in 1918 and held the office until his resignation in 1927. He was reappointed to the post in 1937 and at that time his wife and son, Nelson E. Lurton, Jr. were evacuated and came to St. Louis to reside. While in Shanghai he also served as Judge of the Consular Court. He was interned by the Japanese for a time and returned to the states from China on the exchange ship Gripsholm in August, 1942.
The former Jersey county resident had served on the Missouri State Workmen's Compensation Commission since 1945. Fraternally he was a member of the AF & AM Scottish Rites Bodies and Shrine. Judge Lurton was also Deputy Sovereign Commander of China for a number of years. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Lida Houghtlin Lurton of St. Louis, one Son, Nelson E. Lurton, Jr. of Shreveport, La.; one brother, William P. Lurton of Dow; and two sisters, Mrs. Lyle Garrison of St. Louis and Miss Metta Lurton of Los Angeles, California. A Masonic service was conducted at Alexander and Sons funeral chapel in St. Louis Sunday evening at eight o'clock. The body was brought to Jerseyville for interment in Oak Grove cemetery.
Father: Henry Campbell Lurton
Mother: Olive C. Cope b: 19 MAY 1860
- Nelson E. Lurton II