Obituary of Jacob S. Boreman
October 13, 1913

In this obituary, the Salt Lake Tribune praised Jacob Smith Boreman as an "upright, just, conscientious judge" who stood "firm in his allegiance to the Government."


The death of Judge Jacob S. Boreman, which was reported in The Tribune yesterday morning, will waken many vivid remembrances in the minds and hearts of the old-time residents of Utah. Judge Boreman was an early-time Territorial judge, a man firm in his allegiance to the Government, and stern in the condemnation of those who undertook to stir up antipathies against the National authority and to urge the merits and usurpation of local authority in civil affairs that was hostile to the National Government and a determination to disobey its legislation and the judgments of its courts.

Judge Boreman presided in the southern district of the State, with headquarters at Beaver. He was one of three judges for the Territory of Utah in the early days, and did his full share of the work. He presided at both the trials of John D. Lee, for his complicity and activity in the Mountain Meadow massacre, the second resulting in conviction, and did so in a manner at once impartial and effective. The appeal taken from the conviction of Lee in his court to the Utah Supreme Court was ineffective, the judgment of Judge Boreman’s court being completely affirmed.

In every respect, Judge Boreman was an upright, just, conscientious judge, who hewed true to the line, and gave to the people an impartial, just, judicial service, upon which all could rely as being absolutely honest and true.

For a great many years past Judge Boreman has lived in Ogden a quiet life, a steadfast, reliable, admired citizen. He was very old, and for some time past has been in rather feeble health. His death occurred on Tuesday, October 7th.

Judge Boreman was born at Parkersburg, West Virginia, in 1830, so that he was in his eighty-third year at the time of his death. For his many and eminent services to the people of Utah he will be long remembered, and the history of the State will necessarily have a high niche in his honor and in which he will always stand honored, respected, and beloved.


The Salt Lake Tribune, October 9, 1913