James A. Sewell was the son of James H. and Sarah (Allen) Sewell and the grandson of Henry Sewell an Oregon pioneer who settled in Oregon in 1843. James A. Sewell was born on April 18, 1881 in Hillsboro, Oregon and attended Tualatin Academy in the 1899-1900 and 1900-1901 school years. He was a student at Oregon Agricultural College from 1901 to 1903, studying mechanical engineering. He later returned to Hillsboro and was a farmer until his death on October 10, 1959. His name is listed as James Ambrose Sewell in OSU records, but genealogical research shows that he is James Allen Sewell.
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