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England, April 6, 1828. His parents removed to Illinois and after a short sojourn in the central part of the State settled in Cook County in 1834. After attending an academy he was a student in Knox College. He subsequently taught school and studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Tennessee, returning, however, to Illinois. He was admitted to the bar of this State June 3, 1855. He was County Judge of Cook County for two terms, 1861-1869, and in filling that office had large experience as a Probate Judge. He was a member of the House of Representatives of Illinois in the 28th and 29th General Assemblies, 1872-1876. edited Vols. 1-20 of the Illinois Court Reports, volumes originally known as "Bradwell's Reports."
His wife, the late Myra Bradwell, was admitted to the bar, and was an honorary member of this Association. Her husband gave her credit for founding the "Chicago Legal News," in the conduct of which he and she both participated, and which with the assistance of their daughter, Mrs. Bessie Bradwell Helmer, he continued to conduct up to the time of his death.
Judge Bradwell was very widely known, and was for many years Necrologist of this Association, a position for which he was well fitted from his interest in the Association and his wide acquaintance with the members of the legal profession. His ill health for about four years towards the close of his life prevented him from making the reports as Necrologist, which he would otherwise have made at each annual meeting, although he was at times able to participate to some extent in the meetings. We quote from an address made by Judge Holdom: "Judge Bradwell's career was unique. He was an invaluable friend, staunch, and unswervingly true, both in good and evil report."
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EPHRAIM BANNING, of Chicago, senior member of the firm of Banning & Banning, patent law lawyers, died December 2, 1907, from injuries which he received in attempting to board a car while on his way to his office.
He was born in McDonough County, Ill., July 21, 1849, and was a nephew of the late Judge Pinkney H. Walker.
He entered the law office of Rosenthal & Pence in 1871. After his admission to the bar, which was on the first of July, 1872, he made a specialty of patent law and associated with himself his brother, Mr. Thomas A. Banning.
He was a Presidential Elector in 1896, and later was appointed by Governor Tanner a member of the State Board of Charities. He was especially interested in reformatory work. The Chicago Legal News referred to him in Vol. 40, p. 103, as "Father of our Juvenile Court Law," especially for the part he took in the initiatory and constructive work of the movement for it.
He was a man of a very fine character.
JOHN B. CASSODAY, for many years Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, died at his home in Madison on the 31st day of December, 1907. On the 13th of July, 1900, he read before this Association an interesting and instructive paper upon Lord Eldon and Chief Justice Marshall, and on the same day he was elected an honorary member of the Association.
Judge Cassoday was born in Herkimer County, N. Y., July 7, 1830. His father died when he was but three years old and his mother returned to the home of her parents in Tioga County, Pa., where he was educated, attending the public schools, Tioga Academy and the Academy at Wellsborough. He taught school for a few years and later took a two years' course at the Knoxville Academy in Pennsylvania, spending a year thereafter in the University of Michigan and pursuing his legal studies for a short time at the Albany Law School, completing them in a law office at Wellsborough. In 1857, he went to Janesville, Wis., where he thereafter resided, until on the 11th day of November, 1880, he was appointed by Gov. Smith to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of his adopted State. By successive re-elections he continued to be a member of that Court until the time of his death. In July, 1895, upon the death of Judge Harlow S. Orton, Judge Cassoday became, in virtue of seniority, Chief Justice of that Court, and thereafter retained that position under the system which obtains in that State.
While at the bar Judge Cassoday had an extended practice and a wide and varied professional experience. He was a lawyer of great industry, marked ability and considerable attainments. He was a man of great integrity of character, both personal and professional, and enjoyed the universal esteem of his brethren at the bar as well as the confidence and respect of the community in which he lived. He became a member of the Supreme Court upon the death of that great lawyer, Edward G. Ryan. He brought to the bench the same excellent qualities that had commanded success at the bar. He was pains-taking, thorough, accurate and discriminating and of unremitting industry in his investigation of the law. His courtesy was unfailing. Nothing is more appreciated by the bar than this quality in a Judge, and the Wisconsin bar who practiced before that Court all felt not only the respect which his fitness for this high office commanded, but a sincere personal attachment to the Chief Justice. He possessed no little literary faculty and was the author of numerous addresses on topics connected with the profession.
He wrote an excellent text book on the law of wills, and his opinions in this domain of jurisprudence were especially valuable and instructive. He lived to a considerable age, for he was seventy-seven at the time of his death; but his death was sudden and unexpected, as it occurred without serious premonitory symptoms, while he was believed to be convalescing from a serious operation.
He made his way unassisted in early life, after the death of his father during his childhood, and achieved the highest position open to the profession in the State of his adoption, and in which he lived for fifty years. He was a type of the best American manhood; his career was a typical American career; his life was such as should be an inspiration and an example to those who come after him in a noble and an honorable profession.
JEREMIAH LEAMING, of the Chicago bar, died January 30, 1908, at his residence in that city. He was born at Cape May, N. J., January 20, 1831. He was of the class of 1853 Princeton University, and in the same year removed to Bloomington, Ill. He was admitted to the bar in 1856, and entered upon the practice of law at Bloomington. He removed to Chicago in 1867 and obtained a full practice. He was appointed a Master in Chancery of the Circuit Court and held that position for many years. He was much esteemed, personally and professionally.
WILLIAM BRACE, of the law firm of Defrees, Brace & Ritter, of Chicago, came to his death February 1, 1908, in a storm which he encountered in returning to his home in Highland Park after having made a professional visit to Madison, Wis. He had practiced law in Chicago since 1889, and was an active and efficient trial lawyer, and had the esteem and confidence of his brethren at the bar and on the bench.
ANDREW J. HIRSCHL, of the law firm of Rosenthal, Kurz & Hirschl, died suddenly at the Augustana Hospital in Chicago, February 7, 1908. He was born in Davenport, Iowa, April 30, 1851, and was a descendant of an old Hungarian family. His literary education was partly in Griswold College, Davenport. Amherst College and pursued his legal studies in the University of He was graduated from Iowa. He first opened a law office in Davenport. chair of a lecturer in Iowa University for a time. He occupied the Chicago in 1891 and entered upon an active practice. He was a ready He removed to writer and a fluent and agreeable speaker, and added to legal literature various contributions. In his ardor and patriotism he enlisted at the beginning of the Spanish-American War as a private in the 1st Illinois Cavalry. He took an active part in political and public affairs, and advocated reforms in legal procedure.
JOHN CHARLES PEPPER, formerly of Aledo, Mercer County, Ill., died at his home in Punta Gorda, Florida, June 5, 1908, after a lingering illness. He was born in Cambridgeshire, Eng., September 21,
His parents removed when he was about seven years of age
to Amboy, Oswego County, N. Y., where he passed his early life. He was a student in an academy at Vernon in that State and also in Wayne County Institute. He came west in 1848 and was for about a year in Peoria, and then went to Keithsburg, Mercer County, where he was admitted to the bar, January 6, 1851. He was Captain of Company H, 84th Illinois Volunteers in the civil war, and was wounded in the battle of Stone River. He removed to Aledo in 1869.
In the practice of his profession he was faithful and devoted to his clients and the cause of justice, and firm and indefatigable in representing their rights, by professional conduct of marked legal skill, eloquence and ability; uniformly courteous to the courts, their officers, and the members of the bar.
He was earnestly interested in the welfare of the people, and their advancement in morals, education and civil government; generously and ably aiding therein; a liberal, unobtrusive helper of the poor and afflicted; a loyal and faithful citizen; a devoted and loving husband and father.