Sigmund Zeisler (1860-1931) was a German-Jewish U.S. attorney born in Austria and known for his defense of radicals in Chicago in the 1880s. His wife was the famed concert pianist Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler.
Childhood, marriage and legal education
After Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler's death in 1927, Zeisler married Amelia Spellman in 1930. He died in 1931.
In 1886-1887, Zeisler was co-counsel for the defendants in the Anarchist cases, popularly known as the Haymarket cases. Zeisler was a progressive and was a member of the American Anti-Imperialist League, the Municipal Voters' League, and the Civil Service Reform Association.
- The Haymarket trials
- HEATH & MILLIGAN MFG CO. v. WORST 207 U.S. 338 (1907) regarding lead-based paint.
- Zeisler, Sigmund "The Legal and Moral Aspects of Abortion," remarks at the 1910 meeting of the Chicago Gynecological Society, printed in the Journal of Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 10, p. 539.
- Zeisler, Sigmund Reminiscences Of The Anarchist Case Chicago Literary Club 1927 1st Wraps, very good, 40pp, 1/570. PB
- Works by or about Sigmund Zeisler at Internet Archive
- Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler and Sigmund Zeisler Papers Newberry Library Chicago
- Jewish Encyclopedia article
- Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1 Affidavit of Sigmund Zeisler (Cctober 1, 1886)
- Zeisler, Ernest Bloomfeld The Haymarket Affair The Nation book review (1956)
- Photo of Zeisler Chicago Historical Assn.