Viewing John T. Alley: "Bench and Bar of Wright County." (1915)
Profiles of judges who served in Wright County and lawyers who practiced there beginning in the early 1850s and continuing for the next sixty years, are contained in this article, which appeared first as a chapter in a county history published in 1915. Typical of county legal histories published in this era, it names jurors who served (and even those who failed to appear for jury duty and were fined) in early trials as well as the lawyers who were admitted to practice in the county in the following decades. In 1915, there were eleven members of the county bar. The final one-third of this history contains colorful accounts of murder trials held in the county from 1857 to 1915. This history was edited and written by John T. Alley, who is described as a "man-of-affairs, statesman, and attorney at law."