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Adrian in Lenawee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cooley Law Office

Michigan Legal Milestones

 
 
Cooley Law Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 8, 2017
1. Cooley Law Office Marker
Inscription. Here on the south side of Maumee Street in 1848, Thomas M. Cooley, a giant of the Michigan Law, established his first law office. He was a partner in the firm of Beaman, Beecher and Cooley and then established a law firm with Charles M. Croswell, later elected governor of Michigan. Cooley in 1857 was chosen to complete the state statutes and the next year was named reporter of decisions by the Michigan Supreme Court.

In 1859 Cooley was appointed one of three original faculty at the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught for 25 years. He wrote numerous celebrated books and articles, including two classic works on constitutional law. The Cooley Law School in Lansing is named for him. Appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1864, Cooley served as justice and Chief Justice for 20 years. Roscoe Pound ranked him among the top ten jurists in American legal history.

Following Cooley's retirement from the court, President Cleveland named him to head the new Interstate Commerce Commission. He was president of the American Bar Association in 1893-94. In the 50 years that followed his entry into law practice here, Thomas M. Cooley established the most distinguished record of any individual ever associated with Michigan jurisprudence.
 
Erected 1986 by State Bar of Michigan
Cooley Law Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, April 8, 2017
2. Cooley Law Office Marker
The marker is on the side of the building that houses Adrian radio stations.
and the Lenawee County Bar Association.
 
Location. 41° 53.944′ N, 84° 2.245′ W. Marker is in Adrian, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker is on West Maumee Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is about 145 feet east of Winter Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 West Maumee Street, Adrian MI 49221, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adrian's Prominent Leaders (within shouting distance of this marker); Professional Baseball in Adrian (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frank Navin & The Detroit Tigers (about 400 feet away); The First House Built in Adrian (about 600 feet away); The Antislavery - Underground Railroad Movement (about 600 feet away); Laura Smith Haviland (about 600 feet away); Laura Haviland (about 600 feet away); Adrian's Governors (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adrian.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on April 18, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   2. submitted on April 19, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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