By Margaret A. Leary
“Margaret Leary's rigorously researched ebook illuminates a fancy guy who marked his collage in a very enduring way."---Francis X. Blouin Jr., Director, Bentley historic Library, and Professor, institution of knowledge and division of heritage, college of Michigan “Generations of Michigan legislations grads have handed on myths approximately their beneficiant yet eccentric benefactor. . . . Now Margaret Leary has given us the true tale, and it reads like a gripping whodunit."---Theodore J. St. Antoine, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor Emeritus of legislations and prior Dean, college of Michigan legislation tuition “In an soaking up publication, Margaret Leary unstintingly investigates unpublished, archival fabric to solve enigmas surrounding William Wilson cook dinner. She brings to existence Cook's amazing interactions with strong moguls of the early 20th century as she strains his lofty, philanthropic venture to raise the felony profession."---Ilene H. Forsyth, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of the background of paintings, emerita, collage of Michigan William W. cook dinner, born in 1858 and a graduate of the collage of Michigan and of its legislation college, made his fortune by way of making an investment within the burgeoning telegraph and communications undefined, in addition to in representing the Mackay corporation of their widespread tumultuous battles with Western Union and the U.S. govt. even though prepare dinner entered long island society and not again to Michigan after receiving his legislation measure, he made up our minds not only to offer his alma mater the best actual facility of any present legislation tuition, yet to donate everlasting assets that may allow the legislation tuition to have interaction in groundbreaking criminal examine. even though, his generosity proved debatable and finally very litigious. Margaret A. Leary areas Cook's tale within the wealthy social and cultural context of his time and paints a desirable portrait of a fancy determine whose legacy keeps to form the college of Michigan. disguise images: (left) Gregory Fox images; (right) Ann B. cook dinner assortment, picture through Russell R. Serbay
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Regent Walter H. Sawyer is in the first row, at right. President Harry Hutchins is to Sawyer’s right. The commencement garb indicates that the photo was taken in June. Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. W a lt e r H . S a w y e r a n d H a r r y H u t ch i n s IN 1 9 1 0 Sawyer and Hutchins at the Biological Station at Douglas Lake at the very beginning of Hutchins’s presidency. Sawyer, in the front row, at left, is seated next to Hutchins, next to whom is Regent Junius Beal. Given the setting, the gentlemen in the front row are very formally dressed, by today’s standards.
8 The transcripts of the convention in Michigan fit into one thick volume. 9 Although John Cook did this work eight years before the birth of his son Will, it surely became part of the Cook family history known to Will, because of the importance of the new constitution. Delegates to the convention were facing up to the toughest issues of the day: the role and place of banks, corporations, and the railroads. They also had to make critical decisions about which citizens would enjoy the rights conferred by the new constitution: white men only; white men and white women; or all citizens, regardless of the color of their skin.
I]ts reason for being must be found in the effective aid it renders to justice and in the sense that it gives of public security through its steady support of public order. 34 In 1870, long before Cook became a student, the Michigan Law Department had become the largest law school in the country, with 440 students. The school burst into prominence under Cooley’s deanship from 1871 to 1883. By 1880 it was second in size only to Columbia’s law school, and the two schools were still the nation’s largest ten years later.