Justice Rosalie Wahl, 1924-2013

Minn. Historical Society

It’s a shame so much attention in Minnesota is being paid to a royal baby because it risks missing the passing of a true legend in the state.

Rosalie Wahl, first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, died this morning. She was regarded as the “founding mother” of female attorneys in the state.

She could’ve easily been the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, in an article prior to Sandra Day O’Connor’s appointment by President Reagan, the New York Times listed Wahl as a strong possibility.

Related: Portait is a tribute to Rosalie Wahl

Girl from Birch Creek

  • Bonnie

    Thanks for the links…How do you even begin to honor a woman like Rosalie Wahl. How do you express your gratitude for all she did on behalf of all of us. I am at a loss. Since I can’t think of anything to say… I would like to leave a footnote here, to acknowledge Rudy Perpich and Marlene Johnson, his LT Gov…together they swept women into posts that no woman had gone before, I was one of them. Marlene was charged with finding them and she did an amazing job, and recruited women that Rudy could appoint like never before. It made a difference. I wish Rosalie had been appointed to SCOTUS. Rest in peace Justice Wahl.