Edwin Forrest Conely was born in New York City, September 7, 1847, son of William S. and Eliza (O'Connor) Conely. In 1853 his parents removed to Brighton, Michigan, where his early education was received, partly in the public schools and partly under private tuition. After pursuing the study of law in the offices of various law firms as well as at the University of Michigan, he was admitted to the Bar in 1870, and entered upon the practice of his profession in Detroit. In 1872 he entered into partnership with William C. Maybury (A.B. 1870, LL.B. 1871), of Detroit, with whom he continued to be associated till 1882, when, at the request of a number of leading citizens, he took charge of the Police Department of Detroit. Three years later he resumed his legal practice, which was continued without interruption up to the time of his death. From 1891 to 1893 he was professor of Law at the University of Michigan, resigning at the end of that time to meet the demands of a rapidly growing practice. He was a Representative from Detroit in the State Legislature of 1877, and received the Democratic nomination for Speaker of the House. He was a delegate to the National Democratic Conventions of 1880 and 1892 ; and was a member of the Board of Water Commissioners of Detroit in 1885. During the years 1893, 1894, and 1895 he was a member of the Commission to revise the municipal charters of the State; and from 1890 to 1896 served on the Board of the Library Commissioners of Detroit. He was a member of the American Historical Association, the Michigan Political Science Association, and the American and Michigan Bar associations. He held office in the State military organization for thirteen years, and also held various other local positions of trust. He was twice married: on December 9, 1873, to Achsah Butterfield, of Green Oak, Michigan, who died January 22, 1878 ; and on May 9, 1882, to Fanny Butterfield, of Goshen, Indiana, who survives him. He died in Detroit, April 20, 1902.
--From "History of the University of Michigan" by Burke Aaron Hinsdale. Published by the University of Michigan in 1906.
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