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annual address before the State Bar Association in 1882. This address was published by the Association and was largely circulated. It attracted much attention, not only for its merit as a brilliant literary production, but because of its effective blows at existing faults in our jurisprudence, coupled with admirable suggestions for their reform.
He is prominent in Grand Army and masonic circles, and is a member of the Ill. Commandery of the Loyal Legion, and of the Union League Club. He has been for many years an active member of several literary societies, and is now President of "Saracen Club” which numbers among its members, many men and women of literary culture and scientific attainments.
In 1884, Mr. Sherman received the honorary degree of LL.D. from Middlebury College, in recognition of his literary ability, his eminence as a lawyer and jurist, and his valuable public services.
His address delivered on the death of Gen. Grant, is one of the most finished and eloquent of the many tributes to the memory of that distinguished citizen, statesman and soldier. He pronounced an eulogy upon Gen. Logan, in which eloquence and pathos are deftly mingled. He has delivered many public addresses, several of which have been to the Sons of Vermont, of which society he has been President, all of which have displayed ripe scholarship and high literary excellence.
In 1884, he was appointed chief supervisor of elections by Judge Drummond, a position which he has filled to the satisfaction of both political parties.
Since his appointment as master in chancery of the Federal Court, Mr. Sherman has been chiefly employed in the discharge of the duties pertaining to that important position, in which he has been called upon to hear and decide many difficult chancery' causes. He has found the work of a jurist much more congenial and satisfactory than that of an advocate, and his admirable analyses of facts in complicated cases and his clear exegesis of the law has won him the esteem of the federal judges, and the admiration of those members of the bar who have had occasion to bring to him their cases for examination.
In private and in social life, he is one of the most agreeable of
gentlemen. He is an interesting conversationalist, is well read in current literature, and is a close and accurate thinker.
In 1866, he was married to Hattie G. Lovering, of Iowa Falls, Iowa, an intelligent and estimable woman.
WILLIAM C. GOUDY
Has attained a high and enviable position at the bar, and is well known outside of this City. He is a native of Indiana, and was born in 1824. He came to Illinois when but eight years of age. He graduated from Ilinois College, at Jacksonville, in 1845. He read law in the office of Hon. Stephen T. Logan, at Springfield, and in 1848, commenced practice in Fulton County, Illinois. He soon made for himself an excellent reputation.
From 1852 to 1855, he was State's Attorney for the tenth judicial district, and from 1857 to 1861, was a member of the State Senate from the Counties of Fulton and McDonough. In 1863, he received a number of votes in the democratic caucus for United States Senator. In 1862, he was a candidate for the constitutional convention, and was a delegate to the national convention of 1868.
In the early years of his life, he was considered one of the prominent and promising leaders of the Illinois democracy, and was an adroit manager in political affairs. He has always been considered a prudent and thoughtful counselor in public affairs.
As State Senator he was distinguished for his watchful care of the interests of his constituents, and of the State at large, as well as for the prudence and skill with which he framed all measures committed to his charge, and conducted them to final issue.
In 1859, he moved to Chicago, where was formed soon after, the partnership of Goudy and Waite, C. B. Waite being his partner. He has since been connected with two or three other firms.
The firm now is Goudy, Green & Goudy, and consists of Wm.
C. and Wm. J. Goudy, and A. W. Green, 65 –161 Lasalle St.
Mr. Goudy is now general solicitor for the Chicago and North Western Railway Company.
Though not ostensibly an active politician, his influence is widely felt in the politics of the democratic party of the City and State, and even of the nation. He is very often consulted in the preliminary caucussing, and in the arrangement of the primaries and conventions of the party. The political arrangements are often made in accordance with his advice, and there is a devoted following of his friends who always endeavor to have them so arranged. He is thus naturally accredited with various ambitions of a political character, which may or may not have any foundation in fact.
Neither any notice of the democratic party nor any sketch of the representative members of the Chicago bar would be complete without the name of Mr. Goudy.
As a lawyer, he occupies a bigh place in the Supreme State and Federal Courts. In the Supreme Court of this State, he has for many years had a large practice. More than a quarter of a century ago, he had a high position before that tribunal, a position which he has ever since maintained.
Was born near the Village of Turner, Oxford County, in Maine, on what was and still is known as the Albine Richer farm. At the age of twelve years, having previously attended the schools of his neighborhood, he began the study of Latin and Greek with the Rev. Thomas R. Curtis. The boy had been, by his parents and their neighbors, already chosen for the ministry.
When fifteen years of age, he went to North Yarmouth Academy, where he remained two years He then entered Waterville College (now known as Colby University), where he remained three years. He now read law two years with Howard and Shepley, of Portland, when he left to seek bis fort
une, and to take his chances in the battle of life.
He intended to settle in the south, but after traveling through the southern States for a time, he came west. This was in 1847. At that time we were in the midst of the war with Mexico, and young Swett enlisted as a private in the 5th Indiana Infantry, commanded by General James H. Lane, afterward United States Senator from Kansas. Though not commissioned as an officer, he had practical command as captain of the company, of which he was orderly sergeant. Having entered the City of Mexico after its capture, the company was detailed to guard trains from Vera Cruz to Jalapa, Pueblo and Cordova and return. In May, 1848, he was taken sick at Vera Cruz, and lay for a month in the hospital. When peace was declared, he returned to the north, but with shattered health.
Upon regaining his health, he applied himself to the continued study of the law, and in 1849, was admitted to the bar at Bloomington, in this State. He there commenced practice, and rode the circuit with Abraham Lincoln, Stephen T. Logan, John T. Stewart, U. F. Linder, Edward D. Baker, and other prominent lawyers of that day, and while being trained in this school, was recognized as the peer of those with whom he was associating. From that time on, he spent several months of each year in the courts with Lincoln, until the latter was elected President.' In Lincoln he always found a warm friend, a safe counselor and a congenial companion. The intimacy continued up to the time of Lincoln's death. In Judge David Davis, Mr. Swett found also a life-long friend. These two (Davis and Swett), had exercised a very strong influence in procuring the nomination of Mr. Lincoln for the presidency. The nomination was effected by a combination of the Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania delegations; a combination which Messrs. Davis and Swett did much to bring about.
During the war, Mr. Swett was in the employ of the Quicksilver Mining Company. This corporation owned the Almaden or quicksilver mine in California, and was involved in litigation for twelve years, of the last four of which Mr. Swett had full control. This kept him in Washington the greater part of the time. Not being an applicant for office, having al
ready a lucrative employment, and being in the confidence of Mr. Lincoln, he was often consulted in the administration of the affairs of the nation, during those trying times.
In 1865, he came to remain permanently in Chicago. With the exception of State Senator for one term, he has held no public office, nor does he appear to have aspired to official position. He has devoted himself assiduously to the practice, and occupies a very high place in the profession, especially as a criminal lawyer. In a score or more of murder cases which he has defended, he has been almost invariably successful.
He is an active politician, upon the republican side. His voice has often been heard upon the platform and in the conventions of his party.
When he settled in Chicago, in 1865, he formed, with Van H. Higgins and David Quigg, a partnership which continued for several years. His previous reputation and well known ability brought him at once into prominence, and insured him a lucrative practice, which he has since retained. The present firm is Swett and Grosscup, consisting of Leonard Swett, P. S. Grosscup and Frank L. Wean. Office, 48 Montauk Block.
He is a clear reasoner, and applies his strong logic to every subject he considers, his appeals to court or jury often presenting fine specimens of effective oratory.
A similarity between Mr. Swett and Lincoln has often been suggested among those who knew them both. That such a resemblance, both physical and mental, exists, there can be no doubt. "The same plainness and directness, both in speech and action—the same disregard for form and ceremony, and disposition to get at once to the very heart and core of. whatever is to be done or investigated—the same appreciation of a good thing, whether it be something said or something done -the same direct, forcible and attractive, though often grotesque, way of putting things.
An instance may be given. One day the writer of this, happened to enter one of the courts just as Mr. Swett was in the midst of an argument before the judge. He had just stated, with great clearness, a proposition maintained by his opponent. He then stated another proposition, also maintained by his