Biography of Sigmund Zeisler
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ZEISLER, SIGMUND. - Born in Bielitz, Silesia, Empire of Austria, April 11, 1860. Son of Isaac L. and Anna Zeisler, natives of Germany. Mr. Zeisler received his early education in the common schools and the Imperial Gymnasium at Bielitz, and after graduating there in 1878, he attended the law faculty of the University of Vienna for five years, at the end of which course and after passing the rigorous examinations required, he obtained the degree and privileges of a Doctor Juris. He came to America in 1883, landing in New York in July of that year, and after traveling a few weeks came to Chicago, arriving here in September. He attended the Northwestern University Law School from September 1883, until June, 1884, when he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and won the Judge O. H. Horton prize of $50 for the best thesis written by a member of the graduating class. This essay, which treated of the law of finding of chattels casually lost was published in a number of the most prominent legal journals of the United States. From February, 1884, to March, 1885, Mr. Zeisler filled the position of assistant librarian of the Chicago Law Institute, and in April, 1885, began the practice of law, which he has continued ever since. He has been associated with Zach Hofheimer, of the Chicago bar, since May, 1887, the name of the firm being Hofheimer & Zeisler until May 1, 1893, when it was changed to Hofheimer, Zeisler & Mack. The firm does an extensive business, particularly in commercial and corporation law, and chan cery practice. In 1884 and 1885, and again in 1891 and 1892, lie was professor of Roman law in the Northwestern University Law School. Since May 1, 1893, he has been first assistant corporation counsel of Chicago, having charge of the chancery docket of the city. For severalyears he was one of the managers, and from 1888 to 1889, was secretary and treasurer of the Law Club of Chicago. He was associate counsel for the defense in the anarchists case; was successful in several cases against D. H. Tolman, president of the Chicago Trust & Savings Bank for fraudulently selling watered stock as full paid; represented the city in the recent tight with the Pennsylvania Company wherein the latter claimed the right to cross 51st street east of Stewart avenue with its yard tracks, and defeated the claim of the railroad company. Mr. Zeisler is a member of the Chicago Literary Club, Iroquois Club, German Press Club, Waubansee Club, Sunset Club, Law Club, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Turn Gemeinde, and was a member of the general committee of the World's Congress Auxiliary on a law reform congress. He is a writer for legal and other periodicals on topics of law and political science. He has several times been prominently mentioned for judicial honors, but has never been an active candidate. He is a brother of Dr. Joseph Zeisler, of Chicago, the famous Dermatologist. Mr. Zeisler was married October 18, 1885, to Fannie Bloomfield, the celebrated pianist, and has one son, Leonard, seven years old.

The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
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