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Background information is taken from the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society web site article "In Memoriam George Hosmer, March 2, 1921." Judge Hosmer was born in Detroit, May 15, 1855 where he resided until his death. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1875. Soon after, he began to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1877. From 1877 until he became a judge on January 1, 1888, he practiced his profession in Detroit as an associate in Griffin & Dickinson with which he had studied. "When Judge Hosmer was less than 33 years of age he became a judge of the Wayne circuit court and continued in that office until he died, more than 33 years later. No judge of that court ever took office better equipped to perform his judicial duties. He had had a varied and extensive experience as a trial lawyer. He had been an active and successful - a very active and very successful - trial lawyer. Everyone, therefore, had high expectations of this young judge when he first ascended the bench. He more than fulfilled these expectations. At once he proved himself an excellent judge and he continued thereafter to grow in excellence...." "He had individual qualities which will be hereafter referred to. But those which did most to make him the extraordinarily good judge that he was were those possessed by all good judges - integrity, learning, wisdom, courage, industry, fair-mindedness and an inflexible determination to decide every case that came before him in accordance with the principles of law applicable thereto." A full biography of George Hosmer may be found on the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website. Commencement, University of Detroit, June 21, 1916.

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