Early Omaha: Gateway to the West
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The wood frame home depicted in this slide belonged to noted pioneer judge Eleazer Wakeley. The house was located on the northeast corner of 19th & California. This view looks north toward California Street.
Eleazer Wakeley was born June 15, 1822 in Homer, New York .The Wakeley family moved to Elyria, Ohio in 1836. Eleazer began his legal career in Elyria in 1844. He then moved to Wisconsin where he reestablished his legal practice and embarked upon a political career. Eleazer Wakeley was elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1851 and served on its Judicial committee. Judge Wakeley moved to Nebraska in 1857. He was appointed associate justice of the supreme court for the Nebraska Territory upon recommendation of his friend Bird Chapman, a member of Congress from Nebraska. Judge Wakeley remained in Nebraska until 1861. He returned to Omaha in 1867 where he resumed his legal and political professions. He served as assistant attorney for UPRR, was a delegate to the constitutional convention of 1871 and continued his respected legal work until retiring in January 1902. Judge Eleazer Wakeley died November 23, 1912 and was interred in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Text written by Lynn Sullivan, December 2003
Morton, J. Sterling. Illustrated History of Nebraska. Lincoln: Jacob North & Company, 1907.