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Wilson DeWitt Wallace
William DeWitt Wallace


"Wilson DeWitt Wallace, son of James and Sarah A. Marquam Wallace, was born in Lafayette, Ind., on November 19, 1838. He attended the Lafayette grade schools, the Waveland (Ind.) Academy, and received the A.B. degree from Jefferson College, Pa., in 1861. On Nov. 19, 1861, he married Anna M. Shields.

He served in the Union army until wounded and was discharged with the rank of captain in 1863. After his discharge he studied in the law office of John A. Stein (father of Orth Harper and Evaleen Stein) and was admitted to the Tippecanoe County bar in 1864. He was elected judge of the Superior Court in 1894 and held the position until his death on Jan. 28, 1901.

Judge Wallace wrote a great deal of both prose and verse during his life and enjoyed association with others of similar interest."

[R. E. Banta, Indiana Authors and Their Books 1816-1916: Biographical Sketches of Authors Who Published During the First Century of Indiana Statehood with Lists of Their Books 331 (Crawfordsville, Indiana: Wabash College, 1949)]

[At least one anthology, refers to "Judge William DeWitt Wallace," rather than to Wilson DeWitt Wallace. See, Benjamin S. Parker & Enos B. Heiney (eds.), Poets and Poetry of Indiana 462 (New York: Silver, Burdett and Company, 1900); accord, see W. Stewart Wallace (ed.), A Dictionary of North American Authors Deceased before 1950 (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 19510][Parker & Heiney's biographical note indicates that Captain Wallace was wounded at Stone River and retired from military service. He practiced law until 1894 when he was elected judge, was reelected in 1898, and held that position until his death.]


W. DeWitt Wallace, Idle Hours (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1890) [online text]


W. DeWitt Wallace, Love's Ladder; a Novel (Chicago, 1886)

Research Resources

On the Indiana Stein family (with passing references to Dewitt Wallace), see Robert C. Kriebel, Poets, Painters, Paupers, Fooks: Indiana's Stein Family (West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 1990)