Morris Wolf

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Morris Wolf (Aug 20, 1884-1978) was an attorney in Philadelphia. During his term as Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Morris prosecuted the Anarchist activists Voltairine de Cleyre and Hyman Weinberg for "inciting to riot" after the Philadelphia riot of February 20, 1908. The trial was a disaster for the prosecution, and both de Cleyre and Weinberg were speedily acquitted. De Cleyre wrote about the trial in her article, "The Philadelphia Farce" (Mother Earth III.5, July 1908).

Wolf later went on to become Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania. He later returned to private practice, and Wolf and Stern, the private law firm that he founded with his partner and former teacher Horace Stern, went on to become one of the most prominent law firms in Philadelphia.


From The American Bar (1918)

From James Clark Fifield (1918), The American Bar: Contemporary Lawyers of the United States and Canada. Minneapolis, Minnesota: The James C. Fifield Company. p. 586:

Stern & Wolf

General practice. Firm consists of: Horace Stern, Morris Wolf, Gordon A. Block, Henry W. Schorr.
Morris Wolf, b. Philadelphia, Aug. 20, 1884; a. to bar, 1904, Penna.; legal ed. Univ. of Penna., LL.B. 1903. Asst. Dist. Atty., Philadelphia, 1907-1910; Deputy Atty. Gen., Penna., 1913-1914. Mem. Philadelphia Law Ass'n; Penna. State. and American Bar Ass'ns.

"Legends of the Bar" (2000)

From Philadelphia Bar Association, "Legends of the Bar" (2000):

Morris Wolf

Morris Wolf (1883-1978) founded the firm that is now Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen in 1903 by boldly asking his law professor, Horace Stern, to become his law partner. Wolf was independently wealthy and practiced law only because he had a passion for using his first-rate legal mind to solve his clients' problems, to whom he was fiercely loyal. He never lost this consuming zest for the practice of law, which he imbued into his law firm through his commanding intellect, his intense scholarly interest in the law, his force of will, and his legendary ability to win the confidence of clients. Wolf was a major force in the Philadelphia legal, business and Jewish communities for three-quarters of a century.

From Powelton Village, Philadelphia

From "3409 Powelton Avenue," Powelton Village, Philadelphia. Accessed 18 January 2010:

Previous Residents of 3409 Powelton Avenue



Morris Wolf36Lawyer, general practice
Rose Wolf24Mother born in Kentucky
Edwin Wolf8
Robert Wolf5 & 4/12
Anna Ruth19Chambermaid
Mary R Kelly35Cook; born in Ireland; immigrated 1902
Anny Henne27Governess; born in Switzerland; immigrated 1916

(ED 682, 5B)

Note: Rose is his 2nd wife. they married in 1918, therefore, these are not her children.


The firm began opened in 1903 with Wolf and Stern They got their 1904 big case, Bamett v. Philadelphia Market Company. “In this case, Stern & Wolf represented a dissenting shareholder in a corporation that was party to a merger. Stern & Wolf won the case in the lower court, after which the defendant hired John G. Johnson to appeal to the state Supreme Court. At that time Johnson was widely regarded as the greatest lawyer in the English-speaking world. Despite his presence in the case, the state's highest court ruled in favor of Stern & Wolf's client.” (From the history of the firm, given on their website. The firm has now disbanded, and the site is no longer available.)

Morris Wolf was the fir president of the Allied Jewish Appeal and later became the president of the Federation of Jewish Charities. (The History of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation. by Kathryn Levy Feldman. accessed Mar 29, 2009)

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