Wolfe, Wolfe and Reid Law Firm Records

Summary Information

Title: Wolfe, Wolfe and Reid Law Firm Records
Date: 1896-1923

  • Wolfe, Wolfe and Reid Law Firm.
Unique Identifier: MSS 130

Quantity: 6.4 cubic feet

Physical Description: 17 archives boxes

La Crosse Public Library
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Archival Location:
La Crosse Public Library (Map)

William F. “Billy” Wolfe (1868–1917), Albert C. “A. C.” Wolfe (1885–1955) and Lucien Reid (1891– unknown) were prominent La Crosse, Wisconsin, attorneys at the turn of the 20th century. After William F. Wolfe’s untimely death in 1917, Albert C. Wolfe and Lucien Reid operated the practice briefly as Wolfe & Reid, then dissolved the partnership and practiced law independently.

The majority of this collection is comprised of the law firm’s routine correspondence; however, William Wolfe’s personal and political correspondence dating 1899-1918 is a valuable piece in looking at Wisconsin’s Progressive Era state political history. Wolfe, an avid Democrat, became politically prominent in the 1910s, holding different offices. He had just been appointed Federal District Attorney when he suddenly suffered a stroke and died shortly afterwards at the height of his career. This collection shows the daily operations of a law firm during the early 1900s, and also the Progressive Era in Wisconsin, through Wolfe’s 1910-1917 correspondence with some of the state’s most prominent Democratic politicians, including John Aylward and Joseph E. Davies.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.lcpl-mss130
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