This collection contains letters, post cards, invitations, and other correspondence from 1879-1886, of two brothers attending Georgetown, William L. McLaughlin, a Georgetown College and law school graduate, and Daniel Joseph McLaughlin, a Georgetown College graduate. Also included are law school notes and other school work of William L. McLaughlin and correspondence of William L. McLaughlin’s daughter, Mary McLaughlin.

Biographical Information

William Law McLaughlin was the eldest son of Judge Daniel McLaughlin. He was born in 1862. He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1884 and returned home to Deadwood. William begins his legal career in Deadwood, Dakota, practicing law with his father at McLaughlin & McLaughlin. In 1886, William is elected district attorney for the county of Lawrence. William also appears as defense attorney on several murder trials, notably the trial of Charles Brown for the murder of Mrs. L.P. Stone in 1887 and for the defense of Two Sticks, a Brule Sioux Indian Chief on trial for the murder of four cowboys in 1893. He practiced law in Deadwood until his death in 1911. He had two daughters Mary and Helen.

Daniel Joseph McLaughlin was the younger son of Judge Daniel McLaughlin. He was born in 1868. He began school at Georgetown possibly in 1879. After he graduated in 1888 with an AB degree, he learned law from his father and practiced at his father’s firm in Deadwood. After moving around and working a variety of different jobs he settled in San Francisco. He never married and died in 1905.

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