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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Wilson, Samuel Bailey, 1873 - 1954. Papers, 1895 - 1937.
MSU Archives Collection 1223



Wilson, Samuel Bailey, 1873 - 1954. Papers, 1895 - 1937. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1223. 2 records boxes and 1/2 hollinger and 2 folders, oversize.

Abstract:

This collection consists of information related to Samuel Bailey Wilson's years as chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme court. Most of the items included in this collection are newspaper clippings about his tenure in the Supreme Court. The newspaper clippings are chronologically arranged, and assembled in scrapbook format. Also included in the collection are photographs of Wilson and his family, the diplomas awarded to his wife and son, and Wilson's certificate of appointment.

Biographical Note:

Samuel Bailey Wilson was born in Missouri, May 12, 1873. He graduated from the State Normal School in Mankato in 1894, and then attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where he graduated in 1896. He married Daisy Sheehan of Mankato, June 21, 1899. They had four children.

Wilson practiced law in Mankato, served four years on the Board of Education, was probate judge (1898 - 1900), and county attorney (1900 - 1908). He served on the board of directors of the National Bank of Commerce, National Citizens Bank, Mankato Citizens Telephone Company, and of the Mankato soybean plant.

J. A. O. Preus, governor, appointed Wilson chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1923. He served until 1933, when he resigned to return to Mankato. After his return, he practiced law with his son during this time in Mankato. Wilson died in Mankato, January 24, 1954.

Biographical information obtained from: Marquis, Albert Nelson. The Book of Minnesotans, Chicago: A. N. Marquis, 1907; Toy Wilson Blethen, his daughter; and the Mankato Free Press, January 25, 1954.

Scope and Content:

This collection is made up of mostly newspaper clippings assembled in scrapbooks. Two separate bound volumes of clippings are included, as are two more volumes that are loose pages. All of the newspaper clippings deal with Wilson's time as the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Many photographs and drawings of Wilson and his family are also included. They portray Wilson at various stages of his life, and include images of his wife and children. The diplomas of his wife Daisy Sheehan (from the State Normal School, Mankato), and his son S. Bailey Wilson (from Mankato Public Schools) are also included. Wilson's certificate of appointment to the State Supreme Court is also a part of the collection.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Wilson, Samuel Bailey, 1873 - 1954. Papers, 1895 - 1937. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1223, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Toy Wilson Blethen donated this collection in April 1976.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in April 1976. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell December 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Samuel Bailey Wilson available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Wilson, Samuel Bailey, 1873 - 1954.
Minnesota. Supreme Court. Judges.
Mankato (Minn.)-Lawyers.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1223

Box

Folder

Certificate of appointment of Samuel B. Wilson as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Minnesota, September 1923

Oversize

2

Certificate of graduation of Daisy Sheehan ( State Normal School, Mankato), May 1895

Oversize

2

Charcoal portrait of Wilson, undated

Oversize

1

Diploma of S. Bailey Wilson from Mankato Public Schools, May 1920

Oversize

2

Pencil sketch of Samuel Wilson, ca. 1920

3

8

Photo of a group of Mankato children, including the Wilson children, undated

3

5

Photo of Mankato Campfire girls, including Phyllis Wilson, ca. 1922. Photo of Daisy Wilson, ca. 1920

3

2

Photo of Samuel Wilson’s law school class, University of Minnesota, 1896

3

9

Photo of Wilson children, ca. 1911 and 1915

3

7

Photo-card from Wilson’s campaign for county attorney. Photo of Wilson’s horse. Photo of Wilson family in car

3

1

Photographs of Wilson and the Minnesota Supreme Court, ca. 1929

3

10

Photos of Daisy Wilson and child, ca. 1911. Photo of S. B. Wilson Jr., ca. 1911

3

4

Photos of Phyllis Wilson (2), 1911. Photo of Phyllis Wilson with her mother, Daisy, ca. 1911

3

3

Photos of S. B. Wilson, ca. 1920

3

6

Portrait of S. Bailey Wilson, Jr., undated

1

4

Portrait of Samuel B. Wilson, undated

1

3

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, December 1929 – December 1930

1

2

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, September 1929 – January 1930

1

1

Scrapbook pages, December 1930 – May 1936

2