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Attorney at law, was born on December 3, 1879, in the city of Philadelphia. After attending the DeLancey Preparatory School in Philadelphia he went for three years to Germany and France to Study German and French. Upon his return he entered the University of Maryland Law School from which institution he graduated, and was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Maryland on January 2, 1901. He became associated with Bernard Garter, District General Counsel of the Pennsylvania Railroad, with offices in Baltimore. Mr. Wilson then entered the legal department of the Barber Asphalt Paving Company and after remaining with them for two years, was made confidential attorney to the late John M. Mack, president of that corporation. Mr. Wilson in his capacity as confidential attorney traveled extensively and was admitted to the practice of law by the Supreme Court of California and the Court of Appeals of New York. He was retained in that position until, owing to the impairment of his health he was compelled to resign and take a much-needed rest for one year.

Subsequently he was made General Solicitor of the Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad Company and represented that Corporation in the important New Jersey tax case and it was through his efforts that the franchise assessment of the Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad Company was reduced from $1,234,000 to $382,000.

Mr. Wilson then became Assistant to the General Counsel of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, with headquarters in Philadelphia, subsequently going to Easton Court where he represented a client.

After the trial of that case Mr. Wilson determined to locate in Bethlehem; he was duly admitted to the Bar of this State and on November 13, 1913 he opened law offices in the Bethlehem Trust Company Building in the city of Bethlehem. Shortly after arriving here, realizing the great necessity for a new bridge he filed an application with the Public Service Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the elimination of dangerous grade-crossings, his purpose being to have the Public Service Commission order the elimination of the dangerous grade-crossings of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company at Wyandotte Street, South Bethlehem, and the crossing of the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey at South Main Street, in the Borough of Bethlehem, and order the construction of a new bridge. For two years, single-handed, he fought the case through the courts and submitted during the course of these proceedings plans for the now assured Hill-to-Hill bridge. The Public Service Commission ordered the elimination of the grade crossings and allowed Mr. Wilson a period of thirty days to raise a sufficient amount of money to construct a bridge which would extend from the top of Wyandotte Street in South Bethlehem to the top of Main Street in Bethlehem. A campaign was then organized, the headquarters of which were in Mr. Wilson’s offices. In five days $1,198,000 was raised for the construction of this new bridge.

Mr. Wilson is the President and owner of the Vanderstucken-Ewing Construction Company; vice president and owner of the controlling interest with Edward L. Myers, of the Times Publishing Company; director of the Bethlehem Trust Co.; director and general counsel of Henry E. Erwin and Sons; director and general counsel of the Steel City Amusement Company and director of the Chamber of Commerce. He has a large interest in the Bethlehem Cleaning and Dyeing Company and is interested in the Moving Pictures of Bethlehem. He has a large law practice and is City Solicitor of Bethlehem.



Dallett H. Wilson


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