This collection contains the correspondence from 1879-1886, of two brothers attending Georgetown. It contains letters, post cards, invitations, and other materials from 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.

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William Law McLaughlin was was born in 1862 and was the eldest son of Judge Daniel McLaughlin. He graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1884 and afterwards returned to Deadwood, Dakota Territory, where he began practicing law with his father at McLaughlin & McLaughlin. In 1886, William was elected district attorney for the county of Lawrence, and 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 was born in 1868 and was the younger son of Judge Daniel McLaughlin. He began his education 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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