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19 Hyde’s company was extremely well known, and the pairing of business success with an impressive building sent a message. 20 The personal challenge of William Cook’s early years in Manhattan was his relationship with Ida Olmstead. The romance may have flamed to life on the evening of April 4, 1888, soon after Cook entered the highly decorated, already buzzing Kane Masonic Lodge. He was in such a rush that he might have neglected to leave his overcoat with an attendant. The lodge was hosting a celebratory thirtieth anniversary musicale that night, and Cook was about to turn thirty himself.

As in the Newberry case, the importance here is not the law made but that Cook represented a very sympathetic plaintiff with a famous name. C hapter T hree : 1 8 8 2 – 9 8 â•…â•…â•…â•… 3 9 Only five years out of law school, in 1887, Cook published the first edition of A Treatise on the Law of Stock and Stock Holders, which was to become the country’s leading work on corporation law. ” These included fictitiously paid up, or “watered,” stock; methods of issuing stock; risks in purchasing stock certificates; and fraud by directors.

9 Ida could not afford to pay by the hour. The bad news here is that a trivial claim would not have attracted a first-rate lawyer like McAdoo. By the end of March, Murfin is really worried, because Ida has now also hired the New York firm of Hornblower, Miller, Miller, and Boston, an impressive opponent with strong political connections, whose involvement is an additional signal that her claim may have merit. This law firm includes Nathan L. Miller, who had been governor of New York in the early 1920s and is a friend of McAdoo’s.

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