Thomas J. Walsh: A Senator from Montana

Thomas J. Walsh: A Senator from Montana

Thomas J. Walsh: A Senator from Montana

Thomas J. Walsh: A Senator from Montana

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For the intimate personal chapters of Senator Walsh's life, I used early tales of family history which were told to me by my Mother. After her death in 1933, the Senator's oldest sister, Mrs. Mary Walsh Cunningham, now deceased, supplied missing details concerning the Walsh branch of the family.

Many facts, speeches and other data of his senatorial career come from press clippings, editorials, magazine articles comprising a scrapbook which I started in 1912. From my Mother's treasures I had available obituaries and personal correspondence from the Senator, relatives, and close Wisconsin friends.

I am especially grateful to my sister, Mrs. Grace O'Keane Carney, for helpful research work.

The Senator's daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Walsh Gudger, has given me her sincere encouragement and placed at my disposal the private files of her father. I wish to express sincere gratitude for the privilege.

I received invaluable and kindly advice from the Senator's nephew, Attorney John Wattawa of Washington, D. C.

I owe much to Montana's former senator, Burton K. Wheeler, who took time to locate Senatorial Records, long out of print; to United States Senator James Murray and through him to his office staff, particularly his secretary, W. G. Ragsdale, who made it possible for me to examine special congressional files.

I am deeply grateful to the Senator's boyhood companion, Fred J. Schnorr, late of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; to his son, Thomas W. Schnorr, and through him to all the other Two Rivers friends whose names are unknown to me who assisted in my search for material.

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