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Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 13, Number 3 (Dec. 1911)

Tarrant, Warren D.
Andrew A. Bruce, '90,   pp. [114]-117


Page [114]


ANDREW A. BRUCE, '90
By JUDGE WARREN D. TARRANT, '90
Y in November the
vs was received of
selection of Andrew
Bruce, '90, as Asso-
te Justice of the Su-
me Court of North
          Dakota. This h o n o r
which has come to Judge Bruce is
the culmination of a career both
interesting and instructive. I doubt
if there is a parallel in the history
of our Alma Mater where one has
struggled through vicissitude and
misfortune to gain such a position
of eminence as he has. A book
could well be written of his life
and his experiences.
  Andrew A. Bruce was born at
Nunda Drug, Madras Presidency,
India, April 15, 1866. His father
was General Edward     Archibald
Bruce, of the British Army, and
his mother an English lady of dis-
tinguished birth. Up to his fifteenth
year he lived the pleasant life of
the son of a British officer and
pursued his education at Homes-
dale House and Bath College, Eng-
land.
  About 1882, having     lost his
father and his mother and all finan-
cial support, he came to the United
States, and with the courage and
fortitude which mark the career of
a great man, set about winning his
way in the country of his adoption.
  He came to Minnesota and was
introduced to the family of George
Simpson, '90, now Attorney Gen-
eral of the State of Minnesota. Mr.
Simpson's mother was attracted by
the sterling qualities of young
Bruce, and in her kind and Chris-
tian way gave him hope and en-
couragement in his struggle for a
living and in his ambition to ob-
tain a university education. How
he worshipped this good woman for
her advice and    encouragement!
How many of us have worshipped
some dear good friend for the
right word at the right time!
  Bruce came to Madison and en-
tered the university in the fall of
1886 as an ancient classical stu-
dent. I met him the day I entered,
which was three or four days after
the formal college opening. He
was then rooming at the corner of
State and Park streets, with Har-
vey F. Smith of Bozeman, Mon-
tana. Bruce desired to change his
room to become the steward of a
students' boarding club, and he
sought me to take his place with
Smith. I did so and helped him
gather  together  and  move   his
worldly possessions. He was then,
as he has always been since the
bright, cheerful, hustling Bruce.
He was poor but he had a sturdy
constitution and a spirit which
knew no defeat. We were intimate
friends from the first day we be-
came acquainted. He had many
intimate friends - more perhaps


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