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Term: Ryan, Edward George 1810 - 1880

Definition:

lawyer, politician, judge, b. County Meath, Ireland. He attended Clonggowes Wood College in Ireland (1820-1827), and in 1830 migrated to the U.S., settling in New York. In 1836 he became a citizen, was admitted to the bar, and the same year moved to Chicago, Ill. There he worked as a newspaper editor for two years (1840-1842), practiced law, and served briefly as state's attorney (1841). In 1842 he moved to Wisconsin, settling in Racine, and in 1846 was a delegate to the first state constitutional convention where he gained recognition as the author of the anti-banking article. In 1848 he moved his law practice to Milwaukee, and in 1853 served as special prosecutor in the impeachment trial of circuit judge Levi Hubbell (q.v.). In 1855 Ryan prosecuted Sherman M. Booth (q.v.) for violation of the Fugitive Slave Law, and in 1856 argued the case for Republican Coles Bashford (q.v.) in the contested William Barstow (q.v.)--Coles Bashford gubernatorial election. Ryan served as leader of the Democratic party in Wisconsin during the years 1862-1863, and was strongly critical of the Lincoln administration's conduct of the Civil War and its violations of Constitutional liberties. With the waning strength of the Democrats following the war, Ryan withdrew temporarily from political activities. He served as Milwaukee city attorney (1870-1873), and in 1873 again gained statewide attention with a vigorous attack on state railroad policies. In June, 1874, he was appointed chief justice of the state supreme court by Democrat- Reform Governor William R. Taylor (q.v.), and in the same year delivered his opinion upholding the validity of the short-lived Potter Act regulating Wisconsin railroad rates and fares. Although the Potter Act was soon repealed and coalition Governor Taylor defeated, Ryan continued to hold his position as chief justice until his death. His other significant work on the high court bench concerned jurisdictional questions, federal-state relations, and the conduct of the bar. Irascible and over-sensitive, Ryan was frequently at odds with his colleagues, but at the time of his death he was acknowledged one of the nation's leading jurists. He was for many years one of the most colorful and important figures in state Democratic politics. Dict. Amer. Biog.; R. S. Hunt, Law and Locomotives (Madison, 1958); A. J. Beitzinger, Edward G. Ryan (Madison, 1960); J. B. Winslow, Story of a Great Court (Chicago, 1912); Wis. Law Review, July, 1955, Mar., 1956; Wis. Mag. Hist., 39; WPA MS; E. G. Ryan Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Edward G. Ryan Papers for details.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

98 records found

Race, John A. 1914
Radcliffe, John Q. 1920
Radcliffe, Margaret Porter
Radisson, Pierre Esprit 1636 - 1710
Radosevich, Michele G. 1947
Radtke, Randall J. 1951
Rafn, Carl Christian, 1795-1864
Ragueneau, Fr. Paul, 1608-1680
Randall, Clifford Ellsworth 1876 - 1934
Randall, Gov. Alexander W. (1819-1872)
Rankin, Joseph 1833 - 1886
Rankin, Walter Laurie 1841 - 1910
Raskin, Ellen 1928 - 1984
Rasmusen, Holger B. 1894
Read, Sister Joel (Janice) 1926 -
Reaume, Charles 1752 - 1821
Reber, Louis Ehrhart 1858 - 1948
Red Bird, Ho-Chunk chief, 1788 - 1828
Reed, Curtis 1815 - 1895
Reed, George 1807 - 1883
Reed, Harrison 1813 - 1899
Reed, William W. 1825 - 1916
Reese, Oliver William, 1924 - 2005
Reformed Churches in Wisconsin
Reger, Fred C. 1916
Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Reich, Frank Albert 1884 - 1946
Reid, Alexander James 1846 - 1910
Reilly, Michael Kieran 1869 - 1944
Reinsch, Paul Samuel 1869 - 1923
Reuss, Henry S. 1912-2002
Rexford, Eben Eugene 1848 - 1916
Reymert, James De Noon 1821 - 1896
Reynolds, Edwin 1831 - 1909
Reynolds, John W. 1921
Reynolds, Martin L. 1950
Reynolds, Tom 1956
Rhoades, Kitty 1951
Rhode, Paul Peter 1871 - 1945
Rice, Ora R. 1885
Rich, Martin 1835 - 1915
Richards, Harry Sanger 1868 - 1929
Richards, Jon 1963
Richardson, Robert Kimball 1876 - 1952
Riddles, Libby (born 1956)
Riehle, Ben A. 1897
Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Pierre de, Marqu
Rigaud de Vaudreuil, Philippe de, Marquis de Vaudr
Riley, Antonio R. 1963
Rincker, Leroy Carl 1896 - 1953
Rindisbacher, Peter 1806 - 1834
Ringling [Rungeling], Albert 1852 - 1916
Risser, Fred 1927
Roberts, Virgil 1922
Robertson, Alan S. 1941
Robinson, Charles D. 1822 - 1886
Robinson, John H. 1955
Robinson, Robert P. 1884 - 1953
Robson, Judith Biros
Roessler, Carol A. 1948
Roethe, Henry Edgar 1866 - 1939
Rogers, William J. 1930
Roggensack, Patience Drake 1940
Rohan, Sue 1952
Rohl, Edwin C. 1908
Rohner, Henry 1919
Rolette, [Jean] Joseph 1781 - 1842
Rolle, Dale J. 1923
Rolle, Everett E. 1919
Romell, Louis C. 1899
Rooney, James F. 1935
Root, Eleazer 1802 - 1887
Rose, David Stuart 1856 - 1932
Roseleip, Gordon W. 1912
Rosenzweig, Peggy A. 1936
Roshell, Marvin J. 1932
Ross, Edward Allsworth 1866 - 1951
Ross, John Donald 1841 - 1917
Ross, William 1888 - 1951
Roth, Toby 1938
Rothwell, Angus B. 1905
Rountree, John Hawkins 1805 - 1890
Rubin, Ben 1887 - 1942
Rublee, Horace 1829 - 1896
Rude, Brian D. 1955
Rueping [Ruping], William ["Heinrich","Wilhelm"] 1
Ruger, Gen. Thomas H. (1833-1907)
Rusk, Gov. Jeremiah M. (1830-1893)
Russell, Harry Luman 1866 - 1954
Russians in Wisconsin
Rusy, Benjamin Franklin 1894 - 1953
Rutkowski, James A. 1942
Ryan, Edward George 1810 - 1880
Ryan, Mark W. 1924
Ryan, Paul 1970
Ryan, Samuel [Jr.] 1824 - 1907
Ryba, John Joseph 1929
Ryczek, Ervin John 1909

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