South Jersey: A History 1624-1924

HENRY FORD STOCKWELL—Few men of the legal profession are better known in Camden, New Jersey, than is Henry Ford Stockwell, of the law firm of Bleakly, Stockwell & Burling. Mr. Stockwell, besides being a successful lawyer, is officially associated with some six or seven important financial organizations, and there are few projects for the advancement of civic interests of Moorestown in which Mr. Stockwell is not one of the "live wires." Mr. Stockwell is a son of Elam Stockwell, born in Allegany County, New York, who for many years was proprietor of a general store in Hammonton, Atlantic County, New Jersey, and of Hester (Ford) Stockwell, both of whom are now deceased.

Mr. Stockwell was born in Hammonton, New Jersey, February 2, 1874, and after graduation from Hammonton High School, prepared for college in Phillips-Exeter Academy, at Exeter, New Hampshire, from which he was graduated in 1893. He then matriculated in Princeton University, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1897, and the the degree of Master of Arts in 1900. He gained practical experience and continued his studies under the direction of George H. Pierce, Esq., who then had offices at No. 317 Market Street, and was admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey as an attorney in November, 1898; as a counselor in June, 1902; and to the United States Supreme Court in 1911. After his admission to the bar he associated himself with George H. Pierce, and that connection he maintained until 1904, when he formed a partnership with Edwin G. C. Bleakly, under the firm name of Bleakly & Stockwell. This firm has continued to take care of the needs of a large and steadily increasing patronage to the present time. On January 15, 1923, a third partner, Albert Edward Burling, was admitted to the firm, and the firm name became Bleakly, Stockwell & Burling. The firm is one of the best known and most successful in the city and its very large clientele includes many of the "first citizens" of Camden.

Though Mr. Stockwell is known as an able and resourceful member of his profession, the private practice of his firm does not absorb all of his attention. He is president of the West Jersey Investment Company and of the Investors' Realty Company; and a member of the board of directors of the Moorestown Trust Company, of Moorestown, New Jersey; of the Camden Mortgage Guaranty & Title Company, of Camden, New Jersey; and of the Land Title Guaranty Company, of Camden. Mr. Stockwell has never held nor sought political office, but he is very prominent in civic affairs in Moorestown, where he resides, and has been president of the Moorestown Field Club, and president of the Moorestown Church Federation, and president of the Moorestown Improvement Association. At the present time he is vice-chairman of the Burlington County Young Men's Christian Association. He is a member of the University Club and the Princeton Club, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Camden Club, of Camden, New Jersey; the Moorestown Field Club, of Moorestown, New Jersey; Riverton Country Club, of Riverton, New Jersey; and Nassau Club, of Princeton, New Jersey. His religious affiliation and that of his family is with the First Presbyterian Church, of Moorestown, which he serves as ruling elder and as a member of the board of trustees.

On July 31, 1901, at Camden, New Jersey, Henry Ford Stockwell married Caroline Develin, daughter of James and Mary (Aylward) Develin, and they are the parents of three children: Henry Ford, Jr., who was born October 27, 1902; James Develin, born December 1, 1905; and Alyward Howard, born August 10, 1907.

Philadelphia Inquirer
January 31, 1903

Judge Charles V.D. Joline
Rev. Dr. J.B. Graw
Frank S. McPherson
Sig Schoenagle
Henry F. Stockwell
Joseph Leonard
Mrs. Emma Menard
J. Willard Morgan
Arthur Stanley
Frank Ford Patterson Jr.

Mahlon F. Ivins Sr.
South 9th Street
Ferry Avenue

Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 1915

Dr. John W. Donges
E.G.C. Bleakly

John H. Dialogue
Henry F. Stockwell
Albert S. Woodruff







Camden Courier-Post - June 6, 1933

Extra! Girl Awarded 6 Cents As 'Playboy' Breaks Heart

A verdict of six cents was awarded against William B. Knight, Jr., in favor of Miss Emma M. Thagen in a breach of promise suit at a moot trial in the Chancery Court room.

The trial was held by the graduating class of the South Jersey Law School with an all male jury in the box and the court room crowded.

Young Knight was described as a playboy by his friends. He declared Miss Thagen once told him that she would never marry him if she wanted a "permanent man." He said she declared he was all right as a playboy. He denied he ever promised to marry her. He admitted showering her with gifts and took her out twice a week

Miss Thagen said she gave up Edward A. Finn when she "fell in love I with Billie." She said he always led her to believe they would marry some day. She admitted calling him a "scarecrow once." The fair plaintiff collapsed when the jury "vindicated" her wounded heart with the verdict.

"Judge” Henry F. Stockwell presided. Knight was represented by Robert Norris, Angelo D. Malandra and Henry Miller. John L. Morrissey and Ellis H. Wood were counsel for Miss Thagen.

Raymond J. Jubanyik was a character witness for Knight. Edward A. Finn and Lawrence Finlayson testified for Miss Thagen. F. De Witt Kay acted as sheriff and John F. Rogers was clerk of the court.

The jurors were Henry Wille, foreman; Samuel Singer, Joseph McCullough, Walter W. Evans, John Kerrigan, Harold W. Kotlikoff, Mitchell Stern, Charles Hale, Robert Landis, Fred Streng, Elmer Bertman and Joseph Liebeman.

The constables were Wiedner Titzck, Theodore T. French, Samuel T. French, Jr., William G. Freeman and George A. Streltz.

Elmer G. Van Name, president of the college, was among the interested spectators. The trial was given under the direction of Professor Edward L. Platt, associate dean.