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WALLER, John Robert

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WALLER, John Robert (Dubuque, IA, Feb. 1, 1883--Bethesda, MD, Sept. 30, 1961). The son of John Robert WALLER, Sr., John Robert Waller graduated from Yale and Michigan universities, receiving LLB, BCL and LLM degrees. He also attended Oxford University in England. He was admitted to the Iowa, Michigan, District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court bars. Waller was the youngest lawyer of his day to practice before the Interstate Commerce Commission. He also represented the City of Dubuque before the board of railroad commissioners of Iowa to force express companies to expand their delivery limits within the city.

In addition to his legal responsibilities, Waller served as secretary and treasurer of the Allison Henderson Memorial Association. Waller practiced law until WORLD WAR I when, as a captain in the Army, he served with the Judge Advocate General's department in Washington, D.C. With his brother, Austin C. Waller, he founded the International Bank in Washington in 1920. Until 1954, Waller served as president and chairman of the board.




Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 629


Christa Hughes, descendant-email, March 4, 2014