Viewing William M. Hollinshead (1820-1860).
Leaving a large practice in Pennsylvania, thirty-year-old William Hollinshead moved to Minnesota in 1850. With Edmund Rice and George Becker he formed a law firm that soon had more business than any other in the Territory. The calendars of the district courts and supreme court from 1851 to 1855 list many cases in which Rice, Hollinshead & Becker or the individual partners represented a party. While his partners were active in business and politics, Hollinshead was devoted to the law. He was the leader of the territorial bar, a successful trial lawyer and, in appeals, a skilled brief writer. He died unexpectedly on December 25, 1860, and the bar went into mourning. At memorial services the following day, eulogies were delivered by his former partners, other lawyers and Judges Rensselaer Nelson, David Cooper and Moses Sherburne.