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Lambert Tree

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 9 Oct 1910 (aged 77)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Ridgeland Section, lot 12
Memorial ID 8703 · View Source
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US Ambassador, Jurist, Patron of the Arts. Judge Lambert Tree was a Chicago Circuit Court judge who achieved fame by presiding over the indictment, trial, and conviction of corrupt City Council members. He lost the 1882 U.S. Senate race by one vote, but in 1885 accepted an appointment from President Grover Cleveland as minister to Belgium. A patron of the arts, Judge Tree and his wife had an artists studio constructed in 1894 at 603-621 N. State St., to provide low cost housing and space for artists. It is important architecturally for its picturesque details of the period. After its original construction, two wings (located on Ohio and Ontario) were added during 1912-1913, forming a distinctive courtyard. This U-shaped complex is now closed off at the other end by the Medinah Temple. Tree Studios is one of the nation's oldest such studios, the original portion being designated a Chicago landmark February 26, 1997. In 1887, Lambert Tree and Chicago Mayor Carter H. Harrison put up the funding for civilian awards given annually to an individual member of the Police and Fire Departments who demonstrate outstanding bravery in the line of duty. Currently, the medal presentations are rotated from year to year, so neither award is perceived as better than the other. The awards are given out during Fire Prevention Week in October each year for the preceding twelve months. In 1999, the Fire Department designee received the Lambert Tree Award, thus in October, 2000, the department recipient will receive the Carter H. Harrison Award. These awards have been presented annually (with the exception of the years 1890-1896) since March 4, 1887.

Bio by: Karen Kruse


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8703
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lambert Tree (29 Nov 1832–9 Oct 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8703, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .