He was Illinois native James H. Fleming, who was admitted to the bar at Springfield, Illinois, in 1876 and moved to Hastings, Nebraska about 1878. He would be elected judge three times.
Fleming was born about April 1847, the son of William and Jane (Cullen) Fleming of Adams, Illinois. He married Mary Elizabeth Cowles on 31 July 1879 at Ottawa, Illinois. The couple raised, I believe, two sons:
- William Albert Fleming, born 1 October 1880 at Hastings, Nebraska
- Harry Cowles Fleming, born 6 September 1887 at Hastings, Nebraska
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