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Frank Billings Kellogg (1856-1937) was the 35th President of the American Bar Association, serving in 1912-1913, nine years before his partner, Cordenio Severance, held that office.
Cordenio Arnold Severance (1862-1925) was the 44th President of the American Bar Association. He served in 1921-1922, only nine years after his law partner, Frank B. Kellogg, held that office.
On January 11, 1878, Martha Angle Dorsett became the first woman to be admitted to the bar of Minnesota. This posting contains contemporary newspaper articles about her and her struggle to be admitted as well as Thomas A. Woxland's article, "In re Dorsett: Opening the Minnesota Bar to Women," published first in the November 1990 issue of "Bench & Bar of Minnesota."
Michael Ames practiced law in Minnesota from 1849-1850 to 1862, when he died in an accident in St. Paul. He was a member of the Democratic slate at the constitutional convention in 1857.
Before he became a U. S. Senator, Cushman Kellogg Davis was a renowned trial lawyer in Minnesota. When compiling "Tact in Court," a book on trial practice, Joseph Wesley Donovan, who was a circuit court judge in Detroit, asked Senator Davis for his advice. Davis's reply appears in "Cross-Examination," a chapter in the sixth edition which was published in 1907.
In 1895, Gilbert Clark, a Kansas City lawyer, published "Life Sketches of Eminent Lawyers," a two volume set of short profiles of 146 famous lawyers and judges. Cushman Kellogg Davis, then in his second term as U. S. Senator, was one of those "sketched" by Clark.
Cushman K. Davis served as U. S. Senator from Minnesota from 1887 to November 27, 1900, when he died in St. Paul.
Frank Billings Kellogg (1856-1937) was a named partner in Minnesota's first nationally prominent law firm, Davis, Kellogg and Severance, a famous "trust buster" under President Theodore Roosevelt, a United States Senator from 1917 to 1923, Secretary of State in the Coolidge Administration, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for 1929, and a justice on the World Court. But in this biographical portrait by Roger G. Kennedy, he is depicted as an unimaginative but always adaptable lawyer who rose from an impoverished boyhood to great wealth, a politician who abandoned the very types of farmers and small town businessmen he grew up with, at a time when they were in need of government assistance, and a statesman, celebrated in his own time, but who today is assessed in less than heroic terms. Seeking to reveal the personality and character of Kellogg, Kennedy's profile of him is impressionistic, insightful, rarely complimentary, and oftentimes simply scathing.
Lafayette French built a towering reputation as a trial lawyer in southern Minnesota from the 1870s to his death in 1912. He was President of the Minnesota State Bar Association in 1909. His son, Lafayette French II, followed him into the law, and served as United States Attorney from 1923 through 1928. He later returned to Austin and practiced law until his death in 1944.
John W. Mason was a pioneer lawyer in Otter Tail County, the first mayor of Fergus Falls, the first president of the city's board of education, public speaker, civic leader, state legislator, a successful railroad lawyer, and county historian. A mammoth, two volume history of the county, which he edited, was published in 1916, and included a lengthy biographical sketch. He died at age eighty on August 7, 1927. As an indication of his prominence in the community, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal published a "Review of His Life and Times" three days later.