MsC 50

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1900 -- 1927
(Bulk Dates: 1902 -- 1915)
.5 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: March 2000

Acquisition Note: Judge Wade's papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1959 by his daughter Eleanor Wade.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Vermont native, Martin Joseph Wade (1861 -- 1931) came to Iowa in the late 1870s. After graduating from Columbia College in Dubuque he earned his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1886. He practiced law in Iowa City until 1893 when he was appointed judge of the Eighth Judicial District. He remained on the bench until 1902, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Upon leaving office, he helped form the law firm of Wade, Dutcher & Davis. In 1915, President Wilson appointed Wade to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. He was still holding this position at the time of his death. For many years, besides practicing law and serving as a district judge, he was on the law faculty at the University of Iowa, lectured and authored a number of books on the constitution and patriotism.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Martin J. Wade consist of one-half linear foot of manuscript material dating from 1900 to 1927. Three scrapbooks relating to his Congressional and Judicial careers make up the bulk of this small collection. His speeches and commentaries are included as well as newspaper clippings.

Box List

Box 1

Black scrapbook no. 1. Judge Wade elected Congressman, only Democrat representing Iowa in U.S. Congress; mentioned for vice-president as running mate of Woodrow Wilson, 1912.

Black scrapbook no 2. Appointed federal judge by Woodrow Wilson, letter dated March 11, 1915, signed "Woodrow Wilson", written on White House stationery (in Presidential Letters Collection); letter from Judge Wade to the President.

 Box 2

Scrapbook with mottled binder, relates appointment of Professor Wade of College of Law as Judge of Eighth Judicial District by Governor Boies of Iowa. He had previously been a successful trial attorney of the firm Ranck and Wade.

Various public addresses given.

Sample pages of "The Eighteenth Amendment" commentaries by Martin J. Wade, L.L.D.

A speech entitled "'Markets! More Markets!' Should be the Commercial and Political War Cry of the Present Hour" delivered by Hon. Martin J. Wade in the House of Representatives, February 18, 1904.

A booklet entitled "The Rebels, commentaries on Sacco and Vanzetti" by Martin J. Wade, L.L.D., copyright 1927, published by American Citizen Publishing Company, Dubuque, Iowa, and Los Angeles, California.

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings; Judge Wade in Mt. Pleasant Gas and Electric rate case; also Espionage Case.



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