HON. CLINTON A. GROMAN, president judge of
the courts of Lehigh County, the oldest son of James E. and Sophia
(Sterner) Groman was born March 23, 1861, in Salisbury Township, Lehigh
County. He received his education in the district schools, the
Millersville State Normal School, and the Allentown Preparatory School,
after which he taught in the public schools for six terms in Lehigh
County. While teaching he followed the prescribed course of legal studies
in the law offices of Henninger & Dewalt, at Allentown, and was admitted
to practice as an attorney-at-law on December 21, 1885. Shortly afterward
he went to Kansas City, Mo., for the purpose of practicing law there, and
was admitted to the bar, but after two years he returned to Allentown, and
successfully continued his profession here until he was elevated to the
bench as president judge. In 1898 he received the nomination for district
attorney of Lehigh County on the Democratic ticket, and was elected. He
served the office with distinction during the years 1899, 1900 and 1901.
He was recognized for his fairness to criminals, though as public
prosecutor he performed his whole duty with signal ability. In the
judicial election of 1913, three candidates presented themselves to the
voters of the county, each of whom was eminently fitted in character and
intellect for the high office. Mr. Groman received more than fifty per
cent of the total vote cast at the primaries, and was therefore elected
without the necessity of being a candidate at the ensuing general
election. Judge Groman, who has the judicial temperament, coupled with
native ability and common sense, has steadily shown marked development
since he has been on the bench. He is an assiduous student of the law in
all its branches, and a man of high ideals. In the administration of
justice he shows neither fear nor favor, and enjoys the confidence alike
of the members of the bar and all his fellow citizens.
Judge Groman was connected with St. Michaels
Lutheran Church for a number of years, but withdrew from it to identify
himself with Grace Episcopal Church, where he has since been an active and
devoted member, serving as vestryman since 1910.
On April 15, 1890, he married Ida M., daughter of
George and Matilda Gauff.
Men of Allentown, Allentown, Pa. by Fred L. Shankweiler, 1917,
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