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Charles Hascall Wisner

  • Birth 27 Feb 1850 Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 6 Jul 1915 Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 47986854

Charles H. Wisner, "Chip," was the son of Gov. Moses Wisner and his second wife, Angeolina Hascall.

Charles H. Wisner was married twice, first in 1872 to Florence H. Culver. Florence died later that same year. His second wife was Helena Warren of Flint. They had one child, a son, born October 15, 1876 and died later the same day.

"Charles H. Wisner, son of former Governor Moses Wisner, of Michigan, was a Circuit Court Judge of Genesee county, Michigan, for twenty years and occupied that position when he died July 6, 1915.

Judge Wisner was noted not only for his profound knowledge of law but also for his talents along mechanical lines and for his ability as an artist, a poet and a musician.

Judge Wisner was born in Pontiac on the 27th day of February, 1850. He was married December 15, 1875, to Lena G. Warren, who proved herself a worthy helpmate to the ambitious young lawyer. Those who know them best, say that their married life has been an exceptionally happy one. It is a noteworthy circumstance which well illustrates their love of home, that this worthy couple still occupy the same residence—a pleasant house on Court street—where they have lived ever since their wedding day. Judge Wisner comes from a good old Swiss family.

"Judge Wisner received his early education in the public schools of Pontiac. At the age of eighteen years he entered the law office of Judge A. C. Baldwin, of Pontiac, where he read law for two years. In the meantime he entered the law department, of the University of Michigan, where he graduated with the Class of 1871.

"In June, 1871, he formed a partnership for the practice of law with William O. Axford, a classmate. The firm immediately opened an office in Flint, Mich. In 1875 the partnership was dissolved, and Judge Wisner became a member of the firm of Wisner & Johnson, which firm continued in active practice until the spring of 1890, when the partnership was dissolved. The Judge then became a member of the law firm of Wisner, Lee & Aitken, of which firm he remained a member until he went upon the bench. Mr. Aitken is now the member of Congress from the Sixth Michigan District.

"Judge Wisner has held several offices, and in every public position has invariably acquitted himself in a creditable manner. He has been a member of the School Board of Flint, has served two terms as Prosecuting Attorney of Genesee county, and was Supervisor of the United States Census for the Second District of Michigan in 1890. At the spring election of 1893 he was elected Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, defeating his opponent, Hon. Hugh McCurdy, by a majority of 2,224, and carrying Genesee county by 1,640 majority. This circuit at the time of his election consisted of Genesee and Shiawassee counties alone. The Judge of this circuit is, however, required to hold court in Ingham county when the business there requires this, and the business in his own circuit permits.

"Judge Wisner is one of the younger Judges in this State, both in age and time of service on the bench. He was, however, well qualified by previous training and experience for the position of Circuit Judge. For twenty-two years he had been engaged actively and successfully in the practice of the law. While his office during all this time was in the City of Flint, his business frequently called him into other counties. When elected to the bench, he had acquired a well-deserved reputation as a lawyer of ability and integrity. He had been not only a successful practitioner, but a student as well. Having a thorough knowledge of the machinery of the law, and what may be termed the practical side of it, he was also well grounded in the principles of law, and was familiar with the works of the great law writers. Nor had his general reading been neglected. Business ability and scholarly acquirements —a happy combination—well fitted him to adorn the judicial position to which he had been chosen by the voice of his fellow citizens.

"His career on the bench has barely begun, but it is safe to say—judging from his past career—that Judge Wisner will succeed in establishing a reputation as an able, safe and upright Judge."
Following his death the Bar Association of Genesee county held a meeting in Flint, Mich., at which the judges and lawyers paid tributes to the memory of Judge Wisner.

On that occasion George W. Cook said:
"I do not think that it is possible for any committee or any man to describe adequately all of the good qualities of Judge Wisner. He was a great man. Perhaps there were as good lawyers in the State as Judge Wisner, perhaps there were as good artists in Michigan as Judge Wisner, perhaps there were in this State as good musicians as Judge Wisner, perhaps there were men of equal integrity and honesty, but I know of no man who is possessed of all these talents. He was great in all things, even in little things."

--From "The Wisners in America and their kindred: a genealogical and biographical history" by George Franklin Wisner, 1918, pp. 176-178.

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  • Added: 11 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47986854
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Hascall Wisner (27 Feb 1850–6 Jul 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47986854, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Ray Henry (contributor 46815070) .