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Here are two photographs of Walter G. Thiele who was born in Washington, Kansas, the son of George and Elizabeth Baumberger Thiele. While attending school, Walter worked in his father's abstracting business learning to conduct property searches. After graduating from high school, he spent several years as a school teacher. Later, Walter took and passed the University of Kansas Law School entrance examination, and he was able to enter law school without an undergraduate degree. While in college, he worked in John Quincy Adams Norton's law office in Lawrence, Kansas. After graduating in 1910, he passed the bar and started working for Norton and they formed the law firm Norton and Thiele. During his legal career in Lawrence, he served as city attorney and represented the University of Kansas on several occasions. In 1932, Walter ran as a Republican candidate for a term on the Kansas Supreme Court and won. Later, he was re-elected and ran unopposed in subsequent elections until Kansas abolished the law requiring judges to be elected. Walter served on the Supreme Court from January 9, 1933 to January 3, 1957, and was Chief Justice from January 3, 1957 to January 14, 1957. In 1911 he married Maude Baker and they had one son, John.

Date: Between 1955 and 1957

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Item Number: 305428
Call Number: B Thiele, Walter G *1-2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 305428

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