Welcome to the website of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society

 

The Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society collects, preserves, and displays documents, records, and memorabilia relating to the Michigan Supreme Court and the other Courts of Michigan, promotes the study of the history of Michigan’s courts, and seeks to increase public awareness of Michigan’s legal heritage.

The Society sponsors and conducts historical research, provides educational materials for students, and sponsors and provides publications, portraits and memorials, special events, and projects consistent with its mission.

Read more about the Society’s history and learn more about membership →

 
Justice Biographies and Information

The Justices are not only crucial to Michigan history, but to the United States and world history as well. They have served in many local government positions and organizations. They have interacted with presidents from Thomas Jefferson to Ronald Reagan. They have protected the people of United States since the beginning of our nation by serving in the Revolutionary War, through Civil War, and during the global conflicts of both World Wars.

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Court History

The Michigan Supreme Court has changed significantly since its founding in 1836. It has seen the drafting of three revised Constitutions, numerous amendments and revisions of its rules and procedures, and the reduction and addition of the number of Justiceships. It has also become more recognized as an independent branch of government and, through its decisions, has firmly established its place as the state’s superior court.

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Society Event Calendar

The Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society collects, preserves, and displays documents, records, and memorabilia relating to the Michigan Supreme Court and the other Courts of Michigan, promotes the study of the history of Michigan’s courts, and seeks to increase public awareness of Michigan’s legal heritage.

See all upcoming Society Events →

 
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Left to right are Justices James V. Campbell, Benjamin Graves (standing), Thomas M. Cooley (center), and Isaac P. Christiancy 1868-1875.

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Civil War

Are you getting excited for the Society’s Annual Luncheon in just over a week?! It’s not too late to purchase a ticket or buy a table–but almost! Register here…