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George Wharton Pepper was born in Philadelphia in 1867. He graduated from Penn Law School with an LL.B. in 1889 and was first in his class. As a student, Pepper helped found The Daily Pennsylvanian, the university's student-run examination. In addition to studying law with Philadelphia scion George Washington Biddle, Pepper taught at Penn Law School from 1893 to 1910, when he left to attend to his expanding private practice. Pepper also served as United States Senator for Pennsylvania from 1922 to 1927.
The George Wharton Pepper Law School Papers, 1886-1954, include correspondence regarding law school matters; syllabi, notes, lectures, and case files, probably from the 1890s; papers related to Pepper's service on the Trustee Committee and Reorganization Committee; and articles and other writings drafted by Pepper.
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Primarily tables of data summarizing more than 2,000 cases argued by John G. Johnson, a Philadelphia lawyer. The collection also includes some materials commemorating the life of Johnson upon his death in 1917. Wharton used these materials, compiled by Frank B. Murdoch, for lectures he delivered at the University of Virginia in 1935.