Official court reporting in American courtrooms was brought about by the skill, dedication, and determination of a remarkable group of pioneer shorthand writers. Many of them were reformers, some were entrepreneurs, and others were inventors, writers, artists, and scientists. All of them were gifted shorthand professionals whose work made legal proceedings more reliable, more efficient, and fairer. Using a variety of sources including 19th century newspapers, shorthand periodicals, records of shorthand associations, county histories and government reports and records, Herbert C. Hallas explains how official court reporting got its start in the United States and tells the stories of eleven pioneer court reporters whose work ensured that official court reporting would become a key component in the American pursuit of due process of law.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xv Introduction xvii 1. Free Love and the Origins of Official Court Reporting 1 2. Edward F. Underhill, Part 1: Passionate Reformer and Confederate Prisoner of War 9 3. Edward F. Underhill, Part 2: Stand-up Comic, Grape Grower, and Nantucket Seaside Resort Developer 17 4. Philander Deming: Industrious Inventor and Nationally Known Author 29 5. Benn Pitman: Prolific Shorthand Publisher and Leading Advocate of the American Aesthetic Movement 41 6. Andrew J. Graham: King Among Men or Flagrant Pirate 53 7. James E. Munson: Popular Shorthand Publisher and Brilliant Innovator 65 8. Henry M. Parkhurst: Sex and Spelling Reformer, Mathematician, and Astronomer Par Excellence 77 9. William H. Burr: Genre Artist and Free Thinking Literary Detective 89 10. William W. Osgoodby: Shorthand Organization Man and Religious Author 101 11. William O. Wyckoff: High-powered Typewriter Tycoon 111 12. Eliza Boardman Burnz, aka Eliza Boardman Burns: The Mother of Women Stenographers 123 13. Spencer C. Rodgers: A Trojan Warrior for Competency and Integrity 137 14. Capturing Speech: Past and Present 149 Notes 157 Bibliography 193 Index 225