William Franklin Herrin, Southern Pacific lawyer.

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William Franklin Herrin, Southern Pacific lawyer.




San Franciscan William Franklin Herrin (1854-1927) was the Southern Pacific Railroad's top lawyer of his time. He directed the railroad's corrupt lobbying program at the turn of the 20th century. Herrin had successfully defended a federal officer, David Neagle, against charges that he had murdered former California Chief Justice David Smith Terry. Neagle was the bodyguard of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Steven J. Field. That case had attracted much public attention. Herrin had earlier represented the estate of Senator William Sharon in a prominent lawsuit. Herrin later served as chief legal counsel to other powerful corporations.

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