John William Wallace (February 17, 1815 – January 12, 1884)[1] was an American lawyer and the seventh reporter of decisions of the United States Supreme Court, serving from 1863 to 1874.

John William Wallace
portrait by John Neagle
Born1815 Edit this on Wikidata
Died1884 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 68–69)

Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1833 and studied law under his father and John Sergeant. He was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1836.[2]

While librarian to the Law Association of Philadelphia, he compiled three volumes of decisions of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals,[3] which sat in that city. He wrote The Reporters on English reporters and cases, first as an article in the American Law Magazine (1844),[4] and then as a book in multiple editions (1845, 1855, 1882) that made his reputation.

His twenty-three volumes of reports of the Supreme Court's cases (volumes 68-90) are highly respected for their quality. He also served as president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (April 13, 1868 – January 12, 1884).[5]

Death edit

Wallace died in Philadelphia, his hometown, on January 12, 1884.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "John William Wallace". Oxford Reference. Retrieved 2024-02-24.
  2. ^ Martin, John Hill (12 March 1883). Martin's Bench and Bar of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & co., Publishers. p. 320. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  3. ^ Cases in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Third Circuit (1849-1871).
  4. ^ |American Law Magazine, volume 2 (January 1844): 271-345.
  5. ^ Hampton L. Carson. A History of the Historical of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: The Society Under the Special Centennial Publication Fund, 1940. Volume 1, pp. 371-444.
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Preceded by United States Supreme Court Reporter of Decisions
1863 – 1874
Succeeded by