Presented in open Court in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, at Muskogee, Oklahoma, Honorable Robert L. Williams, Judge Presiding, at 2:00 o'clock P. M., on Tuesday, April 25th, 1933.
The Oklahoma Bar, as well as the entire Bar of the Tenth Federal Judicial Circuit, was shocked on learning the sad news of the death of Honorable John Hazelton Cotteral, of the Circuit Court of Appeals Bench, who died at Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday, the 22nd day of April, 1933, after a brief illness.
Judge Cotteral was well known throughout the Circuit but especially so in the state of Oklahoma, and that part of the State formerly comprising the old Oklahoma Territory.
He was born in Middleton, Indiana, September 26, 1864; was educated in the University of Michigan; began the practice of law at Garden City, Kansas, in 1885, and was first married there to Lula Evans in 1890, who died in 1920. He removed to Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, in 1889; was Chairman of the Oklahoma delegation to the Republican National Convention in 1904; was appointed United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, in which position he served with honor and distinction until 1928, when he was appointed by President Calvin Coolidge as Judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was again married in 1928 to Ruth Morrow, who survives him. He was a member of the Christian Church. He continued until his death to make his home among his old friends and neighbors at Guthrie.
Judge Cotteral was regarded by all, not only as an honorable man, an able lawyer, and a fair and just Judge and one who was very painstaking in his efforts to do justice and adhere to the law, but also as one who was exceedingly careful to avoid any appearance of being influenced in his judicial actions and decisions by any but the highest motives, and to avoid any suggestions of favoritism towards his friends or bias against his enemies.
He was not naturally a strong partisan, but his high character and pure life earned for him prominent positions at the hands of this party.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:
That in the passing of Judge Cotteral, his wife has lost a devoted husband, his neighbors a true friend, and the Bar has lost a noble member, the Bench and learned and worthy jurist, and the Circuit and the country at large a good citizen and a man who always held close to his heart the highest sense of the duty of the lawyer and the Judge to one another, to the profession and to the public.
The poet penned the sombre lines: "The Paths of glory lead but to the grave." Yet the Christian world takes comfort in the words of the Good Book:
"O Death, where is thy sting?
For although this just man has passed from among us to the Eternal Bar of Justice which awaits us all, yet the example of his life will live so long as human memory lasts.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
That the Court be requested, by proper order, to have these resolutions properly preserved of record in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and a copy furnished to the family.
MALCOLM E. ROSSER,
FILED IN OPEN COURT
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
I, W. V. McClure, Clerk of the District Court of the United States of America for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, do hereby certify the within and foregoing to be a true, full, and correct copy of RESOLUTIONS on the Death of Honorable John Hazelton Cotteral, Judge of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, as the same appears of record on the files of this office.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, at my office in Muskogee, in said District, this 5th day of May, 1933.
W. V. MCCLURE, Clerk.