Richard Smith Hall (1855 – )

“HALL, RICHARD SMITH, lawyer, Omaha, Neb., son of Agustus and Jane B. (Smith) Hall, was born in Batavia, N.Y., in Nov., 1855.  His father, appointed chief justice of Nebraska by President Buchanan in 1858, at once moved to the territory with his family, and R.S. Hall began his education in the public schools of Bellevue.  Later he attended Talbot Hall and Nebraska college, located at Nebraska City from 1867 to 1873, and finished his education with a course in the Washington University of Law at St. Louis, where he was graduated  in 1877.

He also read law in the office of George W. Doane in Omaha, and since 1877 he has been engaged in active practice in that city.   He was associated for many years with John M. Thurston as a junior partner.  He then formed a partnership with J.H. McCulloch and J.P. English, which later became Hall & McCulloch.  He subsequently became associated with John F. Stout, and the present style of the firm is Hall & Stout.

Mr. Hall has been connected with much of the important litigation in Omaha and has acquired wealth and a name among leading lawyers.  He represented the first mortgage bondholders in the foreclosure upon the U.P.R.R., involving $80,000,000.  He was retained in the litigation involving the Oregon Short Line; and in the celebrated suit to prevent forfeiture of the franchise of the Omaha Waterworks Co., he appeared as the representative of the stockholders.  He was also interested, as counsel, in the settlement of the controversy over the Omaha fire and police commission in 1895, and has been engaged in much other important litigation.

Mr. Hall is a republican, but has never been an officeseeker, all of his aspirations being confined to his profession, although he has served as a member of the board of education.  He is a member of the Episcopal church, and has long been a vestryman of Trinity cathedral.

In 1844 Mr. Hall was married to Florence Ware, daughter of Jasper A. and Ellen (Kinney) Ware, who was born at Nebraska City in 1863.  They have four children:  Richard Ware, born May 4, 1888; Dorothy, born July 6, 1891; Janet Ellen, born Nov. 30, 1892; and Jasper Landen,born Nov. 1, 1901.”

Source:  Illustrated History of Nebraska, Vol. 1, by Julius Sterling Morton and Albert Watkins, Western Publishing and Engraving Co., Lincoln, 1911, page 168

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