Viewing "Bench and Bar of LeSueur County." (1916)
This history of the "bench and bar" of LeSueur County has short, informal and sometimes gossipy biographical sketches of lawyers and judges who practiced and worked in the county from the 1860s to 1916, when it was published. Among those profiled are the eccentric Judson James, who gave up law to try to introduce "the phonetic system of spelling" to the public, the revered Martin J. Severance, described as "the best lawyer and judge, in many ways, that Minnesota ever had," and the principled George D. Emery, who moved from LeSueur County to Minneapolis where he was appointed a municipal court judge, only to be forced to resign by the Republican Party because it was displeased with his rulings in labor disputes.