Viewing William Lochren: "The Bar Examination of Stewart Harvey." (1893)
In the nineteenth century, most lawyers were admitted to the bar in Minnesota either by reciprocity or by passing an oral examination administered by a district court judge or by a committee of lawyers. In 1859 or 1860, an earnest young man, Stewart Harvey, was examined before a "crowded audience, including Judge Hamlin" in the parlor of the Nicollet House. It was an elaborate hoax, vividly retold decades later by Judge William Lochren in an article on "early practice and practitioners" that appeared in Isaac Atwater's history of Minneapolis, published in 1893.