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Biography - THOMAS F. DOYLE

The legal profession has ever had great attractions for a large class of American young men; for, added to the desire to assist in the righting of wrongs and injustice, which is a most natural and commendable feeling, there are greater opportunities for genius to assert itself within this realm than perhaps in. any other; and from its ranks our most illustrious statesmen have been culled. He who grapples with the intricacies of the law receives a peculiar training, acquires a keenness and acumen which qualifies him for any position, howsoever responsible and important; and thus it is not strange that bright, ambitious minds are the rule and not the exception among those who have practiced law.

Thomas F. Doyle, one of the young members of the bar of LaSalle county, is a native of Dimmick township, this county, his birth having occurred July 8, 1873. He is a son of Luke and Ann (Hanley) Doyle, who reside on a farm in the locality mentioned, and are worthy and respected citizens of the community. The boyhood of our subject passed uneventfully, his time being chiefly devoted to the obtaining of an elementary education in the common schools of the neighborhood of his home. Later he went to New York and completed his literary and scientific training at Niagara University. He then entered the law department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and was graduated in that celebrated institution of learning with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, in June, 1895. In the preceding April he passed the required examination admitting him to practice in the Michigan courts, and subsequently he was admitted to the Illinois bar.

In September, 1895, Mr. Doyle accepted the position of assistant state's attorney under V. J. Duncan, of Ottawa, then occupying the superior office, and in this capacity he continued to act for one year, or until the expiration of Mr. Duncan's term. Then coming to LaSalle, Mr. Doyle opened an office and started upon the regular practice of law and continued alone in business until January 15, 1897, when he entered into partnership with his former friend and legal associate, Mr. Duncan. This business connection is still in existence, and the firm enjoys a large and representative practice in this section of the county. They are both deservedly popular with the citizens of LaSalle and Ottawa, and take an active part in local affairs. Mr. Doyle uses his right of franchise in favor of the platform and nominees of the Democratic party.

Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 234-235.

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