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HOLLIS 9375301

Gaston, William Alexander. Briefs, 1876-1897. Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 9375301
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gaston, William Alexander, 1859-1927
Title: William Alexander Gaston briefs
Date(s): 1876-1897
Quantity: 1 collection (2 Paige boxes; 8 vol.)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Court documents, briefs, and manuscripts pertaining to various cases in Massachusetts Superior and Supreme Judicial Courts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Acquired by the Harvard Law Library October 7, 1927 in a gift of nine volumes from Gaston, Snow, Saltonstall and Hunt.

Processing Information:

Processed by Jennifer Carter, 2004.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Historical/Biographical Information

Gaston, William Alexander
b. May 1, 1859, Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts
Son of William Gaston [(1820-1894): Democratic mayor of Boston (1871-72) and governor of Massachusetts (1875-76)]
A.B., Harvard University, 1880
Studied law at Harvard Law School (class of 1882, no degree) and at his father's Boston firm of Gaston & Whitney, a law office in civil and general practice "too well known to need any special description" ( Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1895 ed.)
Admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1883
Partner, Gaston & Whitney, 1883
Assistant adjutant-general for Governor Russell
Director, Manufacturers' National Bank
m. Mary D. Lockwood, Apr. 9, 1892
Reorganized firm as Gaston & Snow (later Gaston, Snow, Saltonstall & Hunt), c. 1895
Failed run for governor of Massachusetts, 1903
Author, The Problems of Peace; A Study of the Essential Needs of Massachusetts During the Reconstruction Period, ca. 1918.
Failed run for U.S. Senate, 1922
d. July 17, 1927, Barre, Worcester County Massachusetts,

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of eight volumes of briefs, court documents, and inlaid manuscripts from attorney William A. Gaston's practice in the Boston firm of Gaston and Whitney.
Most documents pertain to cases in the Massachusetts Superior Court and the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth. The cases span across the breadth of Gaston's general practice and include controversies in tort, contract, and bankruptcy law in the Boston area.

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Additional Index Terms

Massachusetts. Superior Court.
Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court.