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The Historian, Mr. Bradwell, read his report on Legal Biography, and the same was ordered printed.


To the President aud Members of the Illinois State Bar Association :

Under the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association, it is made the duty of your historian to provide for preservation, among the archives of the Association, suitable written or printed memorials of the lives and character of deceased members of the bar of the State, and make report thereof to each annual meeting.

In pursuance of this duty, your historian reports for the year 1888 : General John L. Thompson, a brave soldier, an able lawyer, a respected and distinguished citizen, died at his home, in Chicago, January 31, 1888. At the annual meeting of the Union League Club of Chicago, only one week before his death, he was, by the unanimous vote of its members, elected President of the club, an honor which he seemed to appreciate, as he made one of the most feeling and appropriate speeches of his life upon that occasion.

Soon after the close of the war he formed a partnership with Norman Williams, which only terminated with his death.

General Thompson was one of the most remarkable men at the bar; quiet and unassuming, yet firm and unyielding in the right, and ready at all times, when duty's voice called, to assume any responsibility, and perform well and bravely his part. His retiring and unassuming manner, together with his kindness to all, made him exceedingly popular, and created for him hosts of friends. He never had an enemy save those who raised their arms against his country's flag.

A sketch of General Thompson, the proceedings of the Chicago Bar Association, the Memorial Address by Charles S. Holt, and the response of the Courts by Judge B. D. Magruder, will be found in 4, Obituary Memoranda, pages 1 to 7.

Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was, in March last, at Washington, in the midst of his labors and usefulness, taken hence.

At a meeting of the Chicago Bar, called to do honor to the memory of our departed Chief Justice, Hon. Melville W. Fuller, the present Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, concluded his address by saying:

"For character tells, and a man conquers through it, 'whether he stands or walks, or sits, or whatever thing he does.' He died in harness. Not as the great commander upon the field of battle, ‘his ears deaf to the signs of life, yet feebly catching the roll of the drum which announced his victory ; his eyes dimmed with mists of death, yet fixed upon the marshal's baton purchased with his blood ;' but in possession of that peace he had so well earned--that peace above all earthly dignities, 'a still and quiet conscience,'—he passed to his reward, in the midst of those labors in the dispensation of justice to sixty millions of freemen, in the exposition of their laws and in the protection of their institutions, which represent the highest forces of mankind.

“We are all, indeed, shadows, for thus we come and so depart, but lives like this teach us we need not pursue shadows, for by the faithful and complete performance of exalted duty our lamented Chief has plucked from the eternal silence something that shall last, although his lips are dumb.”

A sketch of Chief Justice Waite, a report of the funeral, the proceedings of the Chicago Bar, the resolutions passed at the meeting, the remarks of Judge Thomas Drummond, Judge Lyman Trumbull, Hon. William G. Ewing, Hon. Melville W. Fuller, Judge Lorin Collins, and the tribute of the National Law and Order League, are recorded in 4, Obituary Memoranda, pages 7 to 21.

Cyrus Bentley, of the Chicago Bar, died suddenly in Rochester, N. Y., June 23, 1888, of heart disease. He had gone East on legal business connected with an estate of which he was an heir. Mr. Bentley was member of the Chicago Bar for forty-two years. Soon after his admission he took a leading position at the Bar, and maintained it until his death. He was the first president of the Young Men's Christian Association, and has ever been its counselor and friend. He was also president of the Baptist Social Union. He took a great interest in the charitable institutions of Chicago, and did much for the poor and needy. Mr. Bentley, although not in active service in the field, did much during the war, as corresponding secretary of the Northwestern Sanitary Commission, to aid and comfort the sick and wounded of the army of the Union.

Mr. Bentley was one of Chicago's most worthy and best known citizens. He was an educated, able and polished lawyer, a wise counselor, and always faithful to the interests of his clients. A sketch of Mr. Bentley, a memorial minute and address by Col. David Quigg, and the response of the courts thereto by Judge Richard Tuthill, will be found in 4, Obituary Memoranda, pages 21 to 25.

Charles Holzheimer, of the Chicago Bar, died July 25, 1888, at Manitou, Colorado, to which place he had gone in search of health. He was a member of the law firm of Holzheimer, Eliel & Rosenthal. Mr. Holzheimer had been at the Bar but five years when death claimed him for his own. He was a young man of much promise and purity of heart. His character and ability as a lawyer, his love of justice, and his acts of charity, are truthfully and eloquently set forth in the Memorial Address of James W. Duncan, and the response of the courts by Judge Richard Prendergast, reported in 4, Obituary Memoranda, pages 27 to 29.

Judge William R. Welch died at his home in Carlinville. He had long been afflicted with consumption, which finally terminated his life.

Judge Welch was a man of sterling integrity, a lawyer of distinguished ability, and an impartial and wise judge.

He removed to Carlinville in 1864, and continued in the practice of the law at that place until June, 1877, when he was elected Circuit Judge, and by repeated re-elections continued on the bench until his death. Soon after the death of Judge Higbee, in December, 1884, he was appointed by the Judges of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Appellate Court for the Third District, and afterward transferred to the Appellate Court for the Second District, in which position he remained up to the time of his death. The resolutions passed by the Bar of Macoupin County upon the death of Judge Welch will be found in 4, Obituary Memoranda, page 21.

Hon. Amos B. Coon died at his residence in Marengo, Sunday, September 9, 1888. He was one of the earliest settlers of Northern Illinois, having located in McHenry county in 1835.

In 1845 he opened a law office in Marengo, and from the start took a prominent position in public affairs. He was, during the war, Provost Marshal of that district, and, at the time of his death, Master in Chancery; he also held the same position from 1846 to 1862. He was State's Attorney for two terms. Mr. Coon was one of the legal giants of the early day.

He had no counterpart; was unlike any other lawyer-able, cunning, direct and positive, abrupt in speech, and peculiar in manner; his likes and dislikes were strong; he was a firm friend or bitter foe. The young lawyers of to-day can hardly realize the prominent part Mr. Coon performed in this State for nearly fifty years. For a brief sketch, see 4, Obituary Memoranda, page 3).

Major Sylvester W. Munn was stricken down with apoplexy on the morning of September 11, at his residence in Joliet, and breathed his last on the afternoon of that day. Maj. Munn was one of the best known men in the county, having settled there some forty years ago, coming from Ohio, and at first locating at Wilmington. During the war he was Major of the Yates Phalanx, of which the gallant Gen. Tom Osborne was Colonel, and Gen. Mann, of Chicago, LieutenantColonel. After the war Maj. Daunn was for a time State's Attorney, and was then elected State Senator from the Joliet District to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Gereral Assemblies. Recently he has practiced law in Joliet, and was, only a week

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before his death, made President of the Joliet Citizens Association. He was nearly seventy years of age. He was a blunt, outspoken man with a large heart, and was always ready to help a neighbor or a friend.

Hon. John Wenth worth died in Chicago, October, 1888. He was one of the most distinguished and best known of Chicago's pioneers, was member of Congress for several terms, twice Mayor of the city of Chicago, member of the Constitutional Convention, Police Commissioner, and held several other offices of trust. He was editor and proprietor of :he once famous Chicago Democrat. Mr. Wentworth had a strong, vigorous intellect. His influence was felt in the affairs of the city, State and Nation. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar more than forty years ago, but never engaged in active practice.

A sketch of Mr. Wentworth and an account of his funeral, will be found in 4, Obituary Memoranda, pages 33 to 35.

Hon William King McAllister died at his residence in Ravenswood, October 29, 1888, aged seventy years.

Judge McAllister was born on a farm in Salem, Washington county, New York, in 1818. He remained on his father's farm until he was about eighteen yeas of age, when he left it to enter college. Ill-health prevented his completing his course, and he was compelled to leave the institution without graduating. At twenty-one years of age he commenced the study of law in the office of lawyer Henry, of Wayne county, New York. His law studies were concluded in Yates county, and at their conclusion he removed to Albion. There he remained for ten years in the practice of his profession.

In 1854 he removed to Chicago, and soon occupied a leading position at the bar, and had an extensive and lucrative practice. Judge McAllister was a member of the following legal firms in that city: First, of Anderson & McAllister, which was dissolved in 1857; then with Scates, McAllister, Jewett & Peabody until 1858 ; Scates, McAllister & Jewett until 1862 ; McAllister, Jewett & Jackson until 1867; McAllister & Stiles until 1868, when he was elected by an overwhelming majority Judge of the Recorder's Court of Chicago. He displayed such talents as a jurist, that he was elected, in 1870, Judge of the Supreme Court of the State, which position he held for a number of years, but resigned it to accept the more lucrative one of Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook county, a position he held, by repeated re-lections, until the day of his death. In 1879 he was appointed by the Supreme Court as one of the Circuit Judges to hold the Appellate Court for the First District. This position he filled, by various re-appointments, until his death. His judicial opinions in the Illinois Reports and in over twenty volumes of Bradwell's Reports, are models-short, clear, concise, and to the point, fully equal to any ever delivered by the sages of the common law. As a jurist, he had no superior.. As a lawyer, he possessed a logical, common sense eloquence which, in his practice with juries, proved more successful than all the tricks of the insincere and more pretentious orator. The two great controlling elements in his character were unflinching integrity, great love for suffering humanity, and profound attachment to personal and constitutional liberty. He followed his convictions wherever they might lead.

A sketch of Judge McAllister, the proceedings of the bar meetings, the resolutions, the discourse of Rev. Dr. Thomas, an account of the funeral, the remarks of Judge Gwynn Garnett, Judge R. S. Tuthill, Francis Adams, Mr. Adolph Moses, the proceedings of the Central Music Hall meeting, the remarks of Hon. Lyman Trumbull, Judge Thomas A. Moran, Hon. Sidney Smith, Gen I. N. Stiles, the letter of Chief Justice Fuller to the Committee of the Bar, the memorial address of F. A. Hoffman, Jr., will be found in 4, Obituary Memoranda, pages 37 to 57.

Judge Amos Watts, one of the Circuit Judges of this State, died at his residence in Nashville, on the afternoon of Thursday, December 6, 1888. He was born in St. Clair county, Illinois, October 25, 1821. In 1847 he was elected Clerk of the County Court of Washington county, re-elected in 1849, and for a third term in 1853. In 1856 he was eleccted State's Attorney for the Second Judicial District, and re-elected in 1860. After the expiration of his term as State's Attorney, he became editor and proprietor of the New Era, and later of the People's Press.


After severing his connection with the press he resumed the practire of law, and in 1873 he was elected Circuit Judge, which position he held at the time of his death. For a brief sketch of Judge Watts, see 4, Obituary Memoranda, page 57.

Player Martin, of the Chicago Bar, is among those who have passed away during the year. He was born in the city of Nashville, Tenn., April 30, 1845. In the late civil war he was among those who fought bravely for the lost cause. His companions in arms attended his funeral, and testified their appreciation of his worth as a man and a soldier by strewing flowers upon his last resting place in that beautiful and silent city of the dead-Rosehill. His life and character are feelingly and eloquently set forth in the memorial address of L. M. Shreve, and the response of the Courts by Judge Frank Baker, in 4, Obituary Memoranda, page 39.

George Trumbull, of the Chicago Bar, died at his home in that city October 24, 1888. He was born in Colchester, Conn., June 4, 1818. He came to Illinois fortyeight years ago and settled in Belleville, where he practiced law for more than twenty-three years, a part of that time in connection with his brother, Judge Lyman Trumbull. In 1863 he removed to Chicago and commenced the practice of law there. He subsequently became the attorney of the Illinois Central Railroad Company, which position he held for ten years with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the company. He was a man of the strictest integrity, modest and retiring, an accurate and able lawyer, a wise and safe counselor. The Memorial Address by Hon. William H. Barnum will be found in 4, Obituary Memoranda, pages 62 to 65.

Col. Arno Voss, of the Chicago Bar, died March 23, 1888. He served with distinction in the late civil war on the side of the Union. In 1852 Col. Voss was elected City Attorney of Chicago, and re-elected in 1853. In 1880 he was appointed Master in Chancery, which position be held at the time of his death. He was twice elected a member of the Legislature. At one time he was editor of the Illinois Staats Zeitung. A sketch of Col. Voss will be found in 4, Obituary Memoranda, page 65.

Judge Theodore D. Murphy, of the Woodstock Bar, died at his residence in that city December 4, 1888, in the sixty-third year of his age, after a brief illness of quick consumption.

Judge Murphy was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1851. In 1858 he was elected County Judge for a term of four years. At the expiration of his term in 1862, he was elected Circuit Judge, and served continuously in that position until 1879. He was appointed by the Supreme Court in September, 1877, one of the Judges of the Appellate Court for the First District. He took an active part in the organization of the Court, preparing its rules and establishing its practice. Upon the death of Judge Heaton, in December, 1877, he was elected Presiding Judge of the Court. He was pleasing in manner, possessed executive ability of a high order. an active worker, and dispatched the business of the Court readily In June, 1879, his term having expired, he resumed his practice at the Bar, and was, at the time of his death, senior member of the firm ef Murphy & Lumley. For a sketch of Judge Murphy, see 4, Obituary Memoranda, page 65.

Mr. E. F. Bull, a prominent member of the Ottawa Bar, known far and wide throughout the State and respected by all who knew him, died at his home in Ottawa, December 4, 1888.

The beautiful tribute and resolutions adopted by his brethren of the LaSalle County Bar will show the high estimate they had 'for his ability as a lawyer and his character as a man, a copy of which will be found in 4, Obituary Memoranda,

page 67.

R. B. Moffitt, a member of the Douglas County Bar, died at his residence in Newman, December 21, 1888. We are not, as yet, in receipt of any action of the Douglas County Bar. All of which is respectfully submitted.

JAMES B. BRADWELL, CHICAGO, January 7, 1889.


The Secretary of the Association then made the following report, which was received, and it was ordered that it be submitted to the incoming Treasurer for approval:

To the President and Members of the Illinois State Bar Association:

I respectfully report the moneys received and disbursed on account of the Association since its last meeting: To balance at last meeting

$193 03 Dues and fees collected to date

384 81

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The Association voted the Secretary an allowance of $100 for services.

A motion to employ a stenographer for the meetings of the Association was lost.

Judge McCulloch submitted the following resolution, which was adopted :

Resolved, That the system of holding sessions of the Supreme Court in three different pla 'es in the State is a grave hindrance to the administration of justice and that the best interests of the people will be subserved by a prompt removal of that evil, and to hat end this Association earnestly recommends to the Legislature that the law be so amended that the Supreme Court will be enabled to discharge its functions at the Capital of the State.

Judge Prendergast submitted the following resolution, which was adopted :

Resolved, That in case of the adoption of the foregoing recommendation, it is the opinion of this Association that the ends of ju-tice would be promoted by doing away with all fixed terms of the Supreme Court, by requiring all transcripts to be filed within certain short periods after the perfecting of appeals or the service of process, and by permitting sai 1 Court, by its own rules, to regulate its practice in such manner as to facilitate the transaction of business.

On motion of Mr. Raymond, a committee of five was appointed on Supreme Court Legislation, with reference to consolidation.

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