JOHN FREDERICK HARNED was born in Camden in 1856. His father, Henry Harned, was a cabinetmaker, and was a Vestryman at St. John's Episcopal Church in its early days. John Frederick Harned left school at the age of 13, but rose above his humble beginnings to become a prominent attorney in Camden.
After working as an office boy at the Chester Sugar Refinery, John F. Harned found work at the West Jersey Press newspaper, and later with the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he learned the printer's trade. During this period he became interested in amateur journalism and in 1873 was was President of the Jersey Blue Amateur Press Association, whose official organ was called the Star of the East. John F. Harned started, in 1872 in Camden a prominent journal called the Youths' Monthly, which he was the editor.
John F. Harned worked as journeyman printer, and attended night courses at the Franklin Institute. He subsequently studied law under Marmaduke Taylor. John F. Harned was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in November of 1882.
In the late 1880s John F. Harned lived at 616 West Street, while maintaining offices at 317 Market Street. He married Helen Burr, daughter of Jonathan Burr, on November 14, 1888. In late 1889 or early 1890 John F. Harned and his family moved to a fine house at 728 Cooper Street. In 1893 he moved his offices to 424 Market Street. The Harneds had two sons, Jonathan Burr Harned, born in 1890, and John F. Harned Jr., born in 1895.
By 1897 John F. Harned had risen to prominence in Camden's business and legal community. He was a director of the Central Trust Bank and the Camden Fire Insurance Association. He was a member of Trimble Lodge, No. 117 Free and Accepted Masons.
John F. Harned was still living at 728 Cooper Street as late as 1920. At that time his neighbors included former Mayor Joseph Nowrey and State Senator Joseph H. Forsyth. His son, John F. Harned Jr. was then the owner of the Pioneer Wire Works at 208 Federal Street in Camden. In these years Helen Harned was a member of the Woman's Club of Camden, N.J.
Bank Directory - March-December 1916
|South Jersey: A History 1624-1924|
JOHN F. HARNED—The value and the importance of
legal advice and direction in the regular
conduct of business affairs have been recognized only within comparatively
recent years and have resulted since then in the bestowal of unique
distinction upon attorneys. Although there are law firms and corporations as
in every large city as wealthy, and commanding high distinction, as the
largest business and manufacturing enterprises, lawyers of talent and capacity
generally seek the ample reward for their services to business by being made
directors and officials of the great industrial and commercial enterprises.
Indeed, there are few firms of modern tendency that have not a legal advisor
on their board of directors, and a lawyer's election to such participation in
the affairs of a business enterprise is generally regarded as an indication of
the value put upon legal services.
John F. Harned, practicing
attorney of Camden since 1885, is among the few attorneys of Camden who have
demonstrated their capacity to take an important part in the management of
financial enterprises, and he has done this without curtailing his private
practice, for which there is a wide demand, or slackening his interest in
local historical subjects, in which he is deeply interested.
Mr. Harned was born at Camden,
New Jersey, March 29, 1856, son of Henry and Harriet (Parkinson) Harned, both
deceased. He received his preliminary education in the public schools of
Camden and then studied at the law school of the University of Pennsylvania,
from which institution he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in
Immediately thereafter he
returned to his native city and entered wholeheartedly upon the practice of
his profession. His success was immediate and he won a large clientele and
achieved an ever-widening circle of influence in the business life of Camden.
Early in practice, he turned to specialize in business, financial and
insurance law, making himself in a comparatively short time, master of these
fields. Throughout he has practiced alone, bearing upon his own shoulders
the full responsibility for the conduct of many important cases, but when he
triumphed, the victory belonged to him alone and he preferred it that way.
During the early part of his career he undertook court and jury litigation and
distinguished himself in that field. Later, however, consultation practice
took up the greater part of his time and, lately, he has been giving virtually
all of his time and energies to looking after the interests of the important
firms by which he is permanently retained, as well as of those on whose boards
of directors .he serves.
Mr. Harned is attorney for the
Camden Fire Insurance Company, the largest of its kind in New Jersey; the
Security Trust Company; the Brotherhood of America, and other large and
important interests and is a member of building and loan associations. He is
also a director of the Security Trust Company and of the Camden Fire Insurance
Company. He is vice-president of the Camden Historical Society and a member
of the Camden Club. In religion he is a Unitarian. Mr. Harned is not a
partisan of either of the two great political organizations, although had he
taken part in political controversy, he might have achieved high office. He has preferred to devote his time to his clientele
and to his business connections and also to his intellectual pursuits.
He married, at Camden, November 4, 1889, Helen Burr, daughter of Jonathan Burr. They have one son living, J. Fred Harned.
Looking West ion Cooper
Street from 9th
The John F. Harned
House at 728 Cooper Street
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