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Knew Judge Fletcher

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Judge Turner, of Ovvosso, writing for the Owosso Argus says: I notice in the Axn -Arbok Register of August 19th last, that while workmen were engaged in laying water pipes a few days bofora in that city some workmen unearthed an iron lasket which contained the remains of the late Hou. William A. Fletcher, the f.rst Chief Justice of tne Suprema Court of this state. I knew Judge I'letcher well. He was the first judge 1 practiced beforo as an attorney after J camo to the state, and I have cause to remember hitn for liis great kindness toyoung lawyers. He wa3 a native of Massaohusetts and was appointed Circuit Judge of the 'Jerritory of Michigan. The act of Oongrcss admitling Michigan into tbe Union as a 9tate was approved by tbc President on the 2├Âth day of January, 1 S36 , and by an act of the legislatura passed on the Sth day of March foi o - ing, Judge Pietcher was appoinUJ a commissionur to prepare and arrange a code of laws for the state, and to report the saine to the legislatura of 1837, Uut the time was afterward cxted.'d until the session of 1833. The report was made and with some additions and nmendment was pa3sed by the legislature and approved by the Governoi-, on the 6th day of April of that year. Those laws were called the "Reviscd Statutes of 1838," and in those daya were irequcntly called the "Fletcber Code." On the 18th day of July, 183(i, he v,-as appointed Chief Justice of thu Supreme Court by our ftrst governor, Stephen T. Mason. He resigned that office and retired from the bench on the 3 let day of March, 1842. At that time the circuit courts were held by tbe judg6s of tbc supreme court, and Livingston couuty (where I settled in 1840) was in Judge Fletcher's circuit. That is the way I carne to know him so well. He was a gentleman of prcpos3esing appearance, of great dignity, an able and upright judge, and was beloved by the bar for his great kindness of heart.


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Ann Arbor Register