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Wright William Brooks
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Birth: Sep. 6, 1911
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1991
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA


"Wright Brooks was born in Minneapolis, went to school at Douglas School and West High School- all located within a short walking distance from his parents and grandparents Kenwood homes. During his school years Wright was an avid Boy Scout, discovering camping and woodcraft, eventually proceeding the rank of Eagle Scout. A good student, he graduated with highest honors both from his secondary school(1929) and University of Minnesota (Phi Beta Kappa- 1935). After completing a combined B.A./L.L.B. degree of four and a half years, he graduated with accounting, political science and law specialty in 1935. He was honored as a senior Representative Minnesotan(1932); he was active in the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity. His father and uncles were also DKE members. At law school he was chosen Note Editor of the Minnesota Law Review and Order of the Coif.(1934)"

"After passing the Minnesota Bar qualifications,he immediately joined the Faegre and Benson law firm (Faegre Baker Daniels today) where he practiced corporate and insurance law for over fifty years. He was elected President of the Hennepin County Bar Association and to State Board of Governors of the Minnesota Bar Assn.

During World War II he served in the Judge Advocate General, Dept. of Army, (Jan. 25,1943-Mar. 31, 1940) in Ann Arbor, MI. He entered as 1st Lt., promoted to Capt. Aug 16, 1943, served as Major at the cession of hostilities. During the war years he was transferred to Mpls. and Washington, DC, where he worked with rationing enforcement. He was commissioned 2nd Lt in the Infantry-Reserve, Dec 16, 1932, during his student days at the University of Minnesota. After the war, he joined the American Legion and was elected Commander of his North Star American Legion Post.

His many avocations included local and family history; He was a member of the Twin Cities Civil War Round Table and Richfield Historical Society. He was a direct descendant of Gen. Riley Bartholomew, a founding settler of Richfield, MN. This historic pre-territorial farmstead provided a central site for the Richfield Historical Society. Wright Brooks was a member of many heritage organizations including Sons of American Revolution and Mayflower Society (Minnesota Governor, Legal Counselor, and Board member), Minnesota Territorial Pioneers.

Wright Brooks was also an accomplished artist. His vacations often centered on trips to northern Minnesota's North Shore. There he practiced his watercolor hobby painting landscapes; his northern Minnesota landscapes won several awards and were shown in local and Chicago galleries. Wright Brooks always valued excellence and he always excelled in his chosen activities. " Biographies of the Brooks Family of Minnesota, (2009) D. Montgomery

Family links: 
  Charles Noyes Brooks (1883 - 1973)
  Florence Idell Wright Brooks (1885 - 1978)
  Gladys Ella Sinclair Brooks (1913 - 2009)*
  Wright William Brooks (1911 - 1991)
  Elizabeth Idell Brooks Newhall (1915 - 1993)*
  Dorothy Brooks Jarvis (1918 - 1999)*
  Charles Noyes Brooks (1924 - 2008)*
*Calculated relationship
Lakewood Cemetery
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Sec 10 Lot.243A G.3
Created by: D. Montgomery
Record added: Sep 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97997547
Wright William Brooks
Added by: D. Montgomery
Wright William Brooks
Added by: D. Montgomery
Wright William Brooks
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- D. Montgomery
 Added: Apr. 8, 2016

- Marcia Shears
 Added: Aug. 21, 2013

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