Biography of Edward J. Dahms
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

DAHMS, EDWARD J. - Born at Moline, Ill., Oct. 18, 1860. Son of John J. and Ida M. (Vierich) Dahms. Parents were German by birth anti came to this country when very young. They settied in Moline, Ill., in 1850, and were the first of the family to come to America. They were married in Moline in 1859, but are now dead and buried at Oakdale cemetery, Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Dahms received a common school education at Davenport, but afterwards attended the Columbia College Law School in New York City. First began to work for his living as clerk in a wall paper and carpet store at Davenport, where his hours were from 6 o'clock in the morning until 10 o'clock at night, and where he was paid a salary of $2.35 per week. Later he worked in the Farmers' flour mill at Davenport, and then taught school until the time when he went to New York to attend Columbia College. Began the practice of law in Moline, Ill., and in 1881, when 21 years of age, was elected city attorney of that town. Leaving Moline, he went to California, but returned and settled in Chicago February, 1887, and began the practice of law April 27 of the same year. In religion Mr. Dahms is an Episcopalian, and in his political views is entirely independent. He was married Nov. 30, 1886, to Miss Lysette M. Alley, at San Francisco, Cal.; has three children, Edward J., Jr., Chauncey L. and Hazel Lysette. The family resides at Evanston. Mr. Dahms is of the firm of Dahms & Langworthy, located in the Illinois bank building. The firm is engaged in corporation and commercial law and enjoys a large and respectable clientage.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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