Viewing Walter H. Hennessey (1885-1936).
Like many lawyers before and since, Walter Hennessey worked his way through law school. He was a railroad engineer before he was admitted to the University's night law school in 1909. For the next three years, he worked days as a bookkeeper for the telephone company while attending law school at night. He graduated in 1912, was admitted to the bar, and set up shop in Minneapolis. There he practiced law for the next two decades. He died of cancer on February 3, 1936. Several months later, a memorial was delivered to him in district court by Paul J. Thompson on behalf of the Hennepin County Bar Association.