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John H. Liegler, who for fifteen years has engaged in law practice in Racine, having been admitted to the bar in 1899, has made steady progress in a profession where advancement depends entirely upon individual merit, effort and ability. Racine numbers Mr. Liegler among her native sons. He was born March 12, 1874, his parents being John and Fanny (Pollock) Liegler. The former was a son of John Liegler, who was born in Bohemia and was of French descent, the ancestry being traced back in Bohemia to the year 1730. It was in 1854 that the grandfather crossed the Atlantic to the new world, settling in Racine. He was a man of scholarly attainments, speaking eight different languages. By trade he was a furrier and established one of the first houses of this city, a business which is still continued by his son and namesake, John, who has long been prominent in business circles of Racine. Mrs. Fanny Liegler died in June, 1891.

At the usual age John H. Liegler became a pupil in the public schools of Racine, passing through consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school, after which he attended McMynn Academy. He afterward entered the University of Wisconsin, from which he was graduated in 1896. For two years thereafter he was a student in the law department of that school and for five years served as a clerk in the municipal court, which greatly promoted his knowledge of legal principles and practice. At the same time he read law and in 1899 was admitted to the Wisconsin bar, opening an office in Racine, and has since concentrated his efforts upon his profession, in which he has made steady progress.

On the 17th of September, 1915, Mr. Liegler was married to Miss Gertrude P. Houser, of Colorado. In his political views he is a democrat but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him. He is identified with various fraternal organizations, including the Masons, the Knights of Pythias, the Elks, the Eagles and the Moose and he closely adheres to the beneficent spirit which underlies those societies.

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