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

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

Page 116

in   these  eloquent  and  defiant
  "   * a  ' *  Neither do I think
that you Athenians have a first
mortgage   registered  in  heaven
upon the brains of the generations
yet unborn."    He literally went
into the enemy's camp and com-
pelled these two societies to capitu-
late. History says that the year
after Bruce's graduation Philo-
mathia won her first joint debate
with Haskell, Schlicher and Parlin
as the victorious team.
  Bruce was valedictorian of his
class. He was also senior orator
and as a member of the winning
section ;of the class, according to
the plan of contest that year,
helped to win the oratorical prize.
I understand that his oration was
accorded first honors.
  Upon graduating on the Hill
Bruce entered the law school and
kept up his good work as a student.
Before he 'finished there he received
an appointment as secretary to the
justices of the supreme court of
Wisconsin, and in this capacity he
had the double advantage of in-
struction in the law school and of
contact with the members of the
supreme court. This latter position
was of great advantage to him, be-
cause Bruce always studied men of
  Upon graduating he - became
chief clerk in the law department of
the  Wisconsin   Central Railway
Company at Chicago. Afterwards
he joined the firm of Wickett &
Bruce, and was attorney for the
State Board of Factory Inspectors
of Illinois from 1893 to 1895. He
practiced law with Mr. Wickett up
to 1898. His career in Chicago
was successful but miost strenuous;
as in addition to his regular work
as a lawyer he took an active part
in public affairs, especially in favor
of better government' in Chicago.
The work proved too strenuous for
him and a change was, necessary.
In 1898 he accepted the position
of assistant professor of law at the
University of WVisconsin, and then
became professor of law, retaining
that position until 1904.
  Judge Bruce was married June
29, 1899, to Elizabeth Bacon Pick-
ett, of River Forest, Illinois, and
three children have been born to
  His work as a professor of law
was of a high order. He not only
taught the students, but he in-
spired them in their work. In
1904, after much solicitation, he ac-
cepted the position of dean of the
law school of the University of
North Dakota, in which position he
attained great prominence.
  Judge Bruce has been a frequent
contributor to legal magazines and
periodicals and has written learned
and instructive articles and trea-
tises on subjects of interest and im-
  As a citizen, Judge Bruce has
been more than a lawyer or a pro-
fessor of law; he has been a man
of the people, interested in the
problems of the day and ready at
all times to lend his aid to the

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