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 Claudius Buchanan Grant

Claudius Buchanan Grant

Lebanon, York County, Maine, USA
Death 28 Feb 1921 (aged 89)
Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Burial Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 21352924 · View Source
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice

OCTOBER 4, 1921

Upon the convening of Court for the October term, 1921, on Tuesday, October 4th, ALBERT E. MILLER, of Marquette, and WILLIAM L. CARPENTER, of Detroit, presented the following resolutions, prepared by committees of the 25th judicial circuit and the Wayne county bar association, respectively, and moved the Court to place them on the records of the Court:

May it Please the Court:

On February 28, 1921, at St. Petersburg, Florida, death called the late Honorable CLAUDIUS B. GRANT formerly, presiding judge of the twenty-fifth judicial circuit of Michigan, and distinguished member of the Supreme Bench. Thus was drawn serenely to its close the inspiring and fruitful career of one who was loved by his friends, feared by those whose lawless purposes made them the enemies of society, and reverenced by those whose knowledge of him is the impress which his high gifts and dominant personality have left upon the entire State. To perpetuate his memory gives deep personal satisfaction to those members of the bench and bar of the twenty-fifth judicial circuit who learned to love and admire him through long association with him as well as to those who were called to the bar too late to come into direct contact with his striking personality.

Coming of rugged Eastern stock, born at Lebanon, Maine, October 25, 1835, Justice GRANT received his education in the State in which his life work was consummated. At the age of 20, he entered the University of Michigan, from which he was graduated in 1859.

Like so many men of his generation, he turned first to teaching as a profession; but in 1862 he answer the call of military duty, and resigned his position as principal of the Ann Arbor high school. He served with distinction through the Civil War, taking part in many of its greatest battles, and by steady promotion reached the grade of colonel. When the army was demobilized, he again entered the University, this time in the law department, and in 1866 successfully completed his studies and was admitted to the practice of law.

During the seven years following his admission to the bar he resided and practiced his profession at Ann Arbor. In the 1873 and 1874 sessions of the Michigan legislature, he represented the Washtenaw district, and from 1872 to 1880 he served the University of Michigan as regent.

In 1873 he moved to Houghton county, and shortly thereafter became prosecuting attorney. He continued in active practice at Houghton until 1881. The twenty-fifth judicial circuit was then organized, and he became its first judge and continued to preside as such until 1890.

These were the pioneer days of the Upper Peninsula. Those who then lived and builded were men and women of sturdy stock, who grappled with the hardships of pioneer life, developed the institutions of self-government, and who believed in law and order. Some of them yet live and are foremost among those who now bear testimony to his fearless and discerning administration of justice, and to his forceful personality and high character.

In 1889 he was elected to the Supreme Court of Michigan, which he graced and honored continuously for 20 years. During this time, his rare legal acumen and the wisdom gained from ripe experience reached their full fruition. He impressed his strong personality upon the entire State, winning the admiration of the bench, the bar and the public by his fearless honesty, and by his extraordinary capacity for clear thinking and concise expression.

With all who personally knew him, and with those whose only knowledge of him comes through their older associates, there remains abiding love, respect and esteem for Honorable CLAUDIUS B. GRANT, the man, the soldier, the fearless judge, and the scholarly jurist.

Resolved, therefore, by the bench and bar of the twenty-fifth judicial circuit that this memorial be presented to the Supreme Court of Michigan, with the request that it be entered in the Journal and Reports of that Court, and that a copy be forwarded to the family of Justice GRANT.
Wm. S. HILL,

The Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan has 5 of Grant's civil war diaries for research.

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