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Harold John Gallagher Papers

Identifier: MsC0443

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Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged in two series: the American Bar Association and Personal Papers. Items within each series are arranged alphabetically and contain material on various subjects including the American Bar Association, American Bar Endowment, American Bar Foundation, Permanent Administrative Council of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the University of Iowa Alumni Association, the Harvard Centurions, the Walsh family of Dubuque and Clinton, Iowa, and the Wendell Willkie campaign. Major correspondents include Howard P. Bowen, Willard L. Boyd, Warren E. Burger, Virgil M. Hancher, Alf Landon, Alfred E. Smith, Francis Cardinal Spellman, and Wendell L. Willkie.


  • Creation: 1910-1981
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1950-1980


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This collection is open for research. This collection is stored at an offsite location. When requesting materials, please allow two business days for items to arrive at the Special Collections reading room.

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Biographical / Historical

Harold John Gallagher was born in Clinton, Iowa, on December 28 , 1894, to James A. Gallagher and Ella Walsh Gallagher. When he was two years old, his parents died, and he was raised by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Walsh, his maternal grandparents. Gallagher graduated from Clinton High School in 1913 and received his Law degree from the University of Iowa in 1916. He attended Harvard Law School for one year. In the fall of 1917, Gallagher entered as an associate in the law firm of Hornblower Miller & Garrison and in 1925 became a member of that firm.

In 1940 he was actively engaged in the Wendell L. Willkie campaign and, subsequently, Willkie accepted an invitation to become the senior member of the firm, which changed its name to Willkie Owen Farr Gallagher and Walton.

Mr. Gallagher was very involved with the American Bar Association, serving on many committees and as president during the association year 1949-1950. He helped to organize the American Bar Endowment and was active in the creation of the American Bar Foundation, the research branch of the American Bar Association. He was also a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

In 1959 Mr. Gallagher was appointed a member of the Permanent Administrative Committee of the Greater New York Hospital Association to review and make recommendations with respect to personnel policies. In 1968 the University of Iowa awarded him a Distinguished Service Award, with a citation.

On September 26, 1917, he married the former Alicia Schnoebelen. They had four children: Alicia E., a lawyer; Harold John died in infancy; Katherine E. (Mrs. William Voelker) died in 1950; and Mary L. (Mrs. James Cremins) died in 1981. Harold Gallagher died in 1981.


28.00 Linear Feet

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Attorney and President of the American Bar Association. Subjectfiles, speeches, and correspondence.

Method of Acquisition

The Harold J. Gallagher papers were a gift of Alicia E. Gallagher in 1987.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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