James McFarlane (1819-1885) was a lawyer, engineer, and businessman in Perry County who authored numerous books dealing with coal and geology in the United States and served as commissioner of the Second Pennsylvania Geological Survey.

Biographical Notes, 1885. On the back of an undated newspaper clipping announcing the death of James McFarlane is an article entitled "The First Colored Man Admitted," referring to Everett J. Warning, the first African American admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Maryland. A native of Springfield, Ohio, Warning was a twenty-six-year-old resident of Baltimore who was a pension examiner in the Interior Department for the three years during which he studied law at Howard University.

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