Emil Wallber (April 1, 1841 – June 2, 1923) was mayor of Milwaukee from 1884 to 1888, during the Great Labor Strike of 1886. He adopted the eight hour work day, but the law had no penalty for employers who did not comply. Born in Berlin, Germany, Wallber migrated to the United States with his family. Wallber studied law and was admitted to the Wisconsin bar in 1864. He then served as Wisconsin assistant attorney general. In 1872, Wallber served in the Wisconsin State Assembly as a Republican. In 1890-1902, Wallber served as judge in the Milwaukee municipal and criminal courts and the Milwaukee County court. He was regent of the Wisconsin state normal schools. In 1906-1917, he served as German consular agent before retiring.
Wallber is buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee.
- Anonymous; Emil Wallber (3 July 1910). "Bay View Labor Riot of 1886". Milwaukee Free Press. Retrieved 2006-10-08.
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