|Birth: ||Dec. 28, 1875|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 1951|
Walter D. Corrigan, Sr. was the son of James Edward Corrigan, Jr. and Hellen Marr Dickson and the husband of 1) Jessie Ann Donaldson; and 2) Libby Miller. His original name was almost certainly 'James Corrigan,' after his birth father. However, his parents got divorced when he was three and he was renamed 'Walter Dickson Corrigan.' He then regarded his grandfather, Walter Dickson, as his father. He entered college at sixteen, graduating from Iowa State University and Drake Law School. He was a star athlete in baseball and football at Iowa State under famous coach Glenn 'Pop' Warner.
Walter Corrigan was a prominent attorney who specialized in trial and appellate court work. He looked on U. S. Senator Robert La Follette, Sr as his mentor. Corrigan served as District Attorney of Waushara County from 1899-1901. He served as an assistant attorney general of Wisconsin from 1903-05 while La Follette was governor. In 1915 Walter served as President of the Wisconsin Bar Association. He was an alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1924. He was very active in the Wisconsin Progressive Party, but did not enjoy the money-raising that went with running for office. He was unsuccessful in runs for Congress and the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He taught several courses at the Marquette University Law School.
In 1918 the governor of Wisconsin appointed Corrigan special prosecutor in the then famous Grace Lusk murder case. He succeeded in winning a verdict of guilty of second degree murder (see trial photo at right).
Walter D. Corrigan's most famous 'client' was a dead man. Over several decades he gave over 250 lectures before community groups on the subject 'A Lawyer's Defense of Aaron Burr.' He argued that former Vice President Aaron Burr was framed for treason by American General James Wilkinson, who was in the pay of a Spanish nobleman.
Concerning religion, Corrigan once said, "Like unto each and every man, I have my own religion." For almost fifty years he was a loyal member of Masons, Elks, and Odd Fellows.
In 1950 near the end of his life he wrote and published, "A History of the Town of Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin," which is now available online. Corrigan was also a part-owner of Liberty Montana Mines Co. (later Mammoth Mining Enterprises) in Cardwell, Madison, Montana.
Children (in addition to those listed in familylinks below):
Jessie Corrigan Pegis (1907-1988)
Helen Corrigan Iekel (1905-1988)
James Edward Corrigan (1852 - 1925)
Hellen Marr Dickson Corrigan (1853 - 1945)
Jessie Anna Donaldson Corrigan (1873 - 1925)*
Libby Miller Corrigan (1885 - 1976)*
Walter Dickson Corrigan (1900 - 1938)*
Robert La Follette Corrigan (1903 - 1903)*
Paul Corrigan (1910 - 1910)*
Thomas M. Corrigan (1918 - 1992)*
Walter Dickson Corrigan (1875 - 1951)
Linnie Dee Corrigan (1881 - 1885)**
Leath Brittamarte Corrigan McFadin (1882 - 1909)**
James Dee Corrigan (1883 - 1884)**
Faith Evelyn Corrigan Clark (1892 - 1978)**
Bradford Deene Corrigan (1895 - 1970)**
Allie Franklin Corrigan Fortune (1899 - 1983)**
James Edward Corrigan (1903 - 1962)**
Lone Pine Cemetery
Plot: Near center of cemetery
Maintained by: GWC
Originally Created by: Candice xo
Record added: Jul 14, 2006
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