Alfred S. Trude

Alfred Samuel Trude was the lead prosecutor against Prendergast. Trude was not a prosecutor by trade. For more than 27 years he was a defense attorney for the Chicago Tribune, defending the newspaper from libel and tort suits. He also defended the Chicago Times for 10 years and defended the Inter-Ocean and other papers. Trude was general counsel for the Chicago City Railway company for 15 years and a trial attorney for the Chicago & Alton Railroad company for 10 years. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896. Trude served on the Board of Education in Chicago for a number of years. He was born in Devonshire, England in 1846. His parents emigrated to the United States shortly after he was born. Photo from the Illinois Political Directory (1899).