Macauley, James Alvan
- James A. Ward
Macauley, James Alvan (17 January 1872–16 January 1952), business executive, was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, the son of James A. Macauley, a civil servant, and Rebecca Jane Mills. Macauley’s father, an Irish immigrant, fought in the Civil War, lost an arm, and spent nine months in a Confederate prison camp. After the war he became West Virginia’s first secretary of state. Alvan, as the son preferred to be called, attended Lehigh University and graduated from Columbian College (later George Washington University) with a law degree in 1892. He worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C., and in 1895, the year he married Estelle Littlepage, he became a patent attorney with the National Cash Register Company....