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RYAN, Edward George, jurist, born at Newcastle House, County Meath, Ireland, 13 November, 1810; died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 19 October, 1880. He had been intended for the priesthood, but began the study of law, came to the United States in 1830, and subsequently was a Inember of the Episcopal church. He taught and continued his law studies in New York, was admitted to the bar in 1836, and in that year removed to Chicago, where he edited a paper called the "Tribune" from 1839 till its discontinuance in 1841. He went to Racine, Wisconsin, in 1842, and to Milwaukee in 1848, and became one of the most powerful advocates at the Wisconsin bar. Among the cases in which he won reputation were the impeachment trial of Judge Levi Hubbell in 1853, the Joshua Glover fugitive-slave case in 1854, and the case of Bashford vs. Barstow in 1856 to determine the title to the office of governor of the state, in which Coles Bashford, Mr. Ryan's client, was successful. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1846, and to the Democratic national convention in 1848. In 1862 Mr. Ryan, as chairman of a committee of the Democratic state convention, drew up an address to the people of Wisconsin that became known as the " Ryan Address." He was city attorney of Milwaukee in 1870-'2, and on 17 June, 1874, was appointed chief justice of the state to fill a vacancy. He was elected to the office in the following April, and served until his death.
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