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The Honorable Frank Arthur Hooker
Class of: 1865

Source: Portrait from the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website


Frank A. Hooker served as a Michigan Supreme Court justice from 1893 through 1907.
Born on January 16, 1844, Frank A. Hooker descended from a family that was noted for its contribution to the development of democracy. He is related to Rev. Thomas Hooker, "a man... who is credited in history with the origination of the doctrine that, "governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed." (Reed, George I. The Bench and Bar of Michigan: A History and Biography. Chicago: The Century Publishing and Engraving Co., 1897.)
Frank Hooker was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1844. "When fourteen years old he learned the trade of brick mason and enlarged his education, preliminary to that in the law, by the study of the higher mathematics, history and Latin under the tutelage of an older sister who had enjoyed superior educational advantages in New England." (Reed.) During the summer months, he taught in country schools. In 1863, he entered the Law Department at the University of Michigan.
Hooker eventually settled in Charlotte, Michigan, and practiced law. He worked in the firm of Hooker and DeGraff. Hooker became the superintendent of schools for Eaton County and served as Prosecuting Attorney for two terms from 1873 until 1877.
Hooker was appointed Judge of the Fifth Circuit in 1878 by Governor Charles Croswell. He served the Fifth Circuit for 15 years and left upon his election to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1894. He served on the Supreme Court for 17 years and was revered by his colleagues. Hooker's colleague Claudius B. Grant said that, "As a jurist his sole aim was to reach justice by the shortest cut - -justice based upon reason, common sense, and the experience of centuries. In a marked degree he was uninfluenced by prejudice, passion, friendship, or enmity."
Frank A. Hooker died on July 10, 1911. (Michigan Supreme Court. Michigan Reports: Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of Michigan. Chicago: Callaghan and Co., 1879 - 1948, Vol. 166.)
--  From the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website
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