Walsh, Thomas James
- J. Leonard Bates
Walsh, Thomas James (12 June 1859–02 March 1933), lawyer and U.S. senator, was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, the son of Felix Walsh, a skilled laborer and town clerk, and Bridget Comer. Each of his parents had come separately from Ireland to the shores of Lake Michigan. Young Thomas (later preferring the initials “T. J.”) attended Catholic church and the town’s public schools. He early showed strong intellectual interests, undertook extra studies in the elementary school, and became a teacher. Soon he began to read law and enrolled for a year of law courses at the University of Wisconsin, graduating with an LL.B. in 1884....