Henry Eduard Legler

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Henry Eduard Legler
Sarah Byrd Askew and Henry E Legler.jpg
Henry Legler with Sarah Byrd Eskew
President of the American Library Association
In office
Preceded byTheresa West Elmendorf
Succeeded byEdwin Hatfield Anderson
Personal details
Born(1861-06-22)June 22, 1861
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
DiedSeptember 13, 1917 (1917-09-14) (aged 56)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Political partyRepublican

Henry Eduard Legler (June 22, 1861 – September 13, 1917) was an Italian American journalist, politician, and librarian. Born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, Legler emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1869 and then settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1872. While in Wisconsin, Legler was a journalist. In 1889, Legler served in the Wisconsin State Assembly and was a Republican. From 1890 to 1894, Legler served as secretary of the Milwaukee School Board.

From 1904 to 1909, Legler served as secretary of the Wisconsin Library Commission. Then, from 1909 until his death in 1917, Leger served as librarian of the Chicago Public Library. Legler also served as president of the American Library Association in 1912 and 1913. Legler also served as curator of the Wisconsin Historical Society and had written several books and articles about history. Legler died in Chicago, Illinois.[1][2][3]



  1. ^ 'Bulletin of the American Library Association, vol. 7, no. 5, September 1917: Chicago, Illinois: 1917, pg. 542
  2. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1889,' Biographical Sketch of Henry E. Legler, pg. 513
  3. ^ 'Death of Famous Librarian,' Grand Rapids Daily Leader (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin), September 14, 1917, pg. 1

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Theresa West Elmendorf
President of the American Library Association
Succeeded by
Edwin Hatfield Anderson