REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY
Edward F. Le Gendre, of Calumet, and Stanley W. Parkill, of Owosso.
Edward F. Le Gendre, the first of the Democratic nominees for regent of the State University, was born February 19, 1861, at Ludington. Mason county, and as his name indicates, is of French extraction. He first entered the State University at Ann Arbor in the fall of 1888, but owing to lack of means it was not until 1894 that he graduated from the law department. He first located at Scottville in Mason county for the practice of his profession, and three months after opening his office was made the nominee of the Democratic party of the county for prosecuting attorney. The county is usually 800 Republican, but Mr. Le Grandre was defeated only by 300 votes. In 1895 Mr. Le Grande moved to Calumet and entered into a law partnership with Oscar J. Larson, the present prosecuting attorney of Houghton county. Mr. Le Grande was the nominee of his party for prosecuting attorney of Houghton county at the election in 1896, and so highly did the electors esteem him as a citizen that he ran 1,000 ahead of his ticket. He is a staunch supporter of the party platform of 1896, a brilliant speaker, an exemplary citizen, and the alumni of Michigan's great seat of learning may rest assured the interests of that institution will be well served in the event of his election as regent.
Stanley E. Parkill, of Owosso, was born in Bennington township, Shiawassee county, and moved to Owosso when a lad. He attended the high school, later graduating from the University of Michigan in the pharmacy department. In 1882 he was engaged as traveling salesman for the old firm of Farrand, Williams Co. Three years later he left the road, returned to Owosso and engaged in the drug business. He was for two years secretary of the State Pharmaceutical association, and afterwards its president, was appointed a member of the State Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Luce in 1887 and reappointed by Gov. Rich in 1893; was for two years the secretary of the board and also served as its treasurer and president. He is at present a member of the board of public works of Owosso. Parkill was a Republican in politics, but refused to follow the party in its change of base on the currency question and voted for Mr. Bryan in 1896. He was a candidate for the regency of the University on the Union-Silver ticket two years ago and was secretary of the Silver Republican convention at Bay City in 1896, and chairman of the Republican convention at Grand Rapids last year.
Pingree has signed the Atkinson taxation bill and it has become a law, as far as its rights to appear upon the statutes go, but it is not yet effective. Judge Grant and the balance of the Corporation supreme court will now take a turn at it and if it survives the ordeal we will miss our guess. In fact, it would be practically impossible to frame an anti-corporation law which the corporation court cannot declare unconstitutional.
According to the published Michigan reports, the record of Judge Claudius B. Grant, who asks for a re-election to the supreme court stands as follows: DECISIONS FOR CORPORATIONS, 168; DECISIONS FOR THE PEOPLE, 19.