As we mentioned last week, we’ve been processing the correspondence of Harold E. Wallace, Salt Lake County Attorney from 1934-1946. While going through his correspondence we feel like we’ve come to know and really like him. We thought we’d share some of what we’ve learned of him and some of the letters that endeared him to us.
Wallace ran for reelection in 1940 and provided the following information in the biographical sketch he sent to the Democratic County Committee. Wallace was born in Salt Lake City on May 13, 1894, and was educated in Salt Lake grammar schools. He graduated from Salt Lake High School and then from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Law in June 1919. He married Lottie Lourhean Hill in June 1921 and they had five daughters.
He served as a City Judge in Salt Lake, as the Deputy County Attorney of Salt Lake County, as the Tax Adviser of the County Commissioners, and became the County Attorney in 1934.
He was a member of the bishopric of the Yalecrest Ward of the L.D.S. Church; a member of the American Legion; served as executive director and the vice president of the National County Officers Association; and served as the president of the Utah State Association of County Officials. He was also a member of the Jackson League, a life member of the Young Democratic Club of Salt Lake County, and the president of the University Law School Alumni.
In his re-election professional biography he bragged that he “succeeded in operating a very high-class County Attorney’s Office since the year 1934 and [had] been associated with the finest set of deputies and law clerks that any County Attorney’s Office ever had.”
After he was re-elected, he received the following congratulations from a supporter: “You made a splendid campaign, high-class and free from all cheap or improper methods.”
We will share some excerpts from Wallace’s correspondence that show his humor and passion for his job next time.
Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith, Archivist, Salt Lake County Archives.