Lawrence Lindemer

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Served from 1975 through 1976

Oral History / Investiture

Lawrence B. Lindemer was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1921. He first attended Hamilton College in New York but then transferred to the University of Michigan. He married Rebecca Gale in 1940 and had two sons. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree in 1943.

During World War II, Lindemer served as a Second Lieutenant with the Army and the Air Force. Following the war, he returned to the University of Michigan Law School where he received an LL.B. degree. He entered practice in 1948, but immediately became interested in politics. He served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ingham County in 1949 and 1950. From 1951 until 1952, he served in the Michigan State House of Representatives. Lindemer moved to Washington, D.C. for two years to serve on the Hoover Commission from 1953 until 1955. In 1955, Lindemer joined the firm of Foster, Foster and Campbell. He was also the chairman of the Republican State Central Committee from 1957 until 1961.

Lindemer was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court upon the death of Justice Thomas M. Kavanagh. Following his work on the Michigan Supreme Court, Lindemer worked as general counsel for Consumers Power Company. Later he was employed with the law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, P.C.

In addition to his legal work, he was appointed to the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan in 1969 and served until his appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court. A colleague of Lindemer stated that Lindemer “is what he is because he really is enthusiastic about his fellow man.” ( Michigan Manual: Ed. 1997 – 1998. Lansing, Michigan: Legislative Council, State of Michigan.)

Lawrence Lindemer died on May 21, 2020.

Portrait presented on: (Click link to read transcript)
September 8, 1982

Portrait Artist:
Ryan, Sally

Oil on canvas

73.03cm X 62.23cm (28 3/4″ X 24 1/2″)

Owned by:
State of Michigan

Current location:
Michigan Supreme Court – Detroit

Portrait photo by:
Douglas Elbinger – June 1996