Monday, June 9, 2014

William Minor Lile Letter November 1911

William Minor Lile seated
University of Virginia Law Library
University of Virginia
William Minor Lile was the first Dean at the University of Virginia Law School at Charlottesville, Virginia.  He was the Dean when James H Moran III, class of 1899, attended Law School. 

Lile was born in Alabama in 1859, the son of John A Lile and Louisa C Minor.  He married Maud Carson.  He began his tenure at UVA in 1893.  In addition to being the first Dean of the Law School he is considered the Father of the Law Library.  He was the founder of the Virginia Law Register and helped initiate the Virginia Law Review. He retired in 1932.  At his death in 1935 he was interred at the University of Virginia Cemetery and Columbarium.

Jim Moran must have kept in touch off and on with the Dean after his graduation in 1899.  He thought enough of Lile to tell him of his upcoming marriage to Virginia Shumate in November 1911 and to send him notices regarding his participation in local plays.  

Dean Lile thought enough of Jim to reply.

University of Virginia 
Department of Law
Office of the Dean
Nov. 11, 1911
My dear Mr. Moran:

I have received the official notice of those delightful plays of yours, which you were kind enough to send me, and I cannot refrain from sending you a brief of congratulation. 

I am not a little gratified that you thought of me in the midst of your happiness.  I had lost sight of you, and have been wondering what had become of you. I hope you will bring your bride Virginia word(?) and give us an opportunity of knowing her, and of renewing acquaintance with you.

Sincerely Yours,
Wm. Lile
J.H.Moran, 99'

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