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Washington University Libraries
Washington University in St. Louis

Finding-Aid for the Frederick William Lehmann Papers (WTU00068)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Frederick William Lehmann. Papers,
Creator: Lehmann, Frederick William, 1853-1931
Inclusive dates: 1756-1929.
Extent: ca. 340 items
Call number: WTU00068
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130


Access and Use:
Source of Collection:

Access Restrictions:

Open.

Use Restriction:

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff. EAD encoded finding-aid completed by Sonya McDonald, August 2004.


Biography

Born in Prussia, Lehmann left home at the age of eight. After travels with his family across the Midwest, he settled in Iowa, where he met Epenetus Sears, a local judge who took him under his guidance. Sears enabled Lehmann to attend college, from which he graduated in 1873. He practiced law in Des Moines until his marriage. Afterwards, he moved to St. Louis, where he became the president of the American Bar Association. At various times he served as director of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, member of the Missouri Historical Society, and as chairman of the Board of Freeholders. Lehmann was appointed Solicitor General under George Wickersham by William Taft in 1910. He quickly made a name for himself, winning cases involving anti-trust suits. In later life he served as vice president of the American Academy of Jurisprudence and general counsel for the U. S. Railway Commission. He was an avid bibliophile.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

Included in this collection are ca. 100 autographs (including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Winston Churchill, and William Thackeray), letters, documents (1756-1909), bulking mid- to late-nineteenth century, early twentieth. Fewer than 10 items represent the eighteenth century. Seven items are British, the remainder are American. Correspondence dates 1873-1929, bulking between 1909-1924. Also included are occasional photographs, photocopies, clippings, calling cards, and brochures.

Subject Terms

  • Lehmann, Frederick William, 1853-1931
  • Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935
  • Taft, William Howard, 1857-1930