The Historical Quarterly, St. Lucie Historical Society Inc.
Former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court James E. Alderman died on June 10. He was born on November 1, 1936, to B.E. Alderman Jr. and Frances Allen Alderman, prominent ranchers in St. Lucie County. He was a graduate of Dan McCarty High School and the University of Florida. He practiced law in Fort Pierce, then was a county judge, circuit judge, appellate court judge and ultimately chief justice of Florida’s highest court. In later years, he managed his family’s ranch in Okeechobee and served as the President of the Florida Cattleman’s Association. He was predeceased by his wife Jennie and is survived by his son, James A. Alderman.