Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Go
History and Traditions
Student Profile
The Honorable Walter Harper North
Class of: 1899

Source: Portrait from the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website

 
Biography

Walter H. North served as a Michigan Supreme Court justice from 1927 through 1952.
 
Walter H. North was a native of Michigan, born in Hillsdale County on November 1, 1871. He was brought up on a farm, where he became accustomed to hard work and devotion to duty. He managed to do other work, and it was largely through his own personal efforts and earnings that after completion of his public school education he was able to attend Hillsdale College, where he received an academic degree. He then went on to the law school of the University of Michigan and graduated in 1899. After his graduation, he opened a law office in Battle Creek in partnership with Jesse H. Hatch, the father of then Circuit Court Judge Hatch. Two years later, he entered into partnership with Duane C. Salisbury. He remained in private practice only a short time before he became a Judge of the Circuit Court of Calhoun County on January 1, 1906, a position he held until his appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court by Governor Fred Green in 1927.
 
North practiced law for 53 years. Twenty-two years were spent as Judge of the Thirty-Seventh Judicial Circuit and 25 years as Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. A colleague on the Bench, Henry Butzel, spoke of North's behavior: "I was overwhelmed by his ability, his knowledge of the law, his character and his industry. I lived at a hotel opposite the Capitol, and, due to noises from the street or within the building, I arose early, usually arriving at the courtrooms shortly after 7 o'clock in the morning. I always found the door leading to our joint waiting room wide open and Judge North already at work. He worked hard all day and when evening came he always went home with a briefcase loaded with briefs and records. I never knew a man of greater industry. In fact, during our noonday lunch hour, unless there was some business that needed immediate attention so as to detain us in the conference room where we ate lunch, Judge North rushed back to his private office and used the extra half-hour to continue his work."
 
Walter H. North died on July 23, 1952, while still employed by the Court. (Michigan Supreme Court. Michigan Reports: Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of Michigan. Rochester, N.Y.: Lawyers Co-operative Publishing, 1879 - 1949, Vol. 335.)
 
--  From the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website
 
Image Biography
Additional Information on The Honorable Walter Harper North
 
Browse a different year
 
 
Members of Class of 1899
Adams, Basil Burgess
Aldrich, Bertrand Francis
Alexander, Peyton Edmond
Ammerman, John Curtis
Anderson, Clifford Burnham
Anderson, Ray Nelson
Arbenz, John Philip
Arends, Larson Harvey
Arnold, Louis Selk
Austin, Benjamin Miller
Bader, Oscar Otto
Badgley, Verne Wade
Ballard, Frederick Charles
Bardin, James Alfred
Barnes, Albert Raymond
Barnhart, Richard Marshall
Barr, Joseph Milton
Beardsley, Charles Sumner
Benedict, Chester Leigh
Berkey, Warren
Bielby, George Estal
Biggar, William James
Bowers, Frederick Henry
Bowman, Harold Martin
Bradner, Bert John
Brainerd, George Corrington
Brown, Frank William
Bush, Charles Mumford
Caley, William Henry
Campbell, Daniel Dwyer
Canales, Jose Tomas
Carey, Joseph Knight
Cashel, John Andrew
Caskey, Edward D.
Cassey, Edward Henry
Chapman, Arthur Francis
Chapman, Harry Landon
Chase, William Carlton
Chernoch, Charles James Napoleon
Christenson, Albert H.
Church, Percy Clarke
Churchman, Henry Cottman
Clark, Hazlett Norton
Clark, Henry Tefft
Coleman, Frederick William Backus
Collison, Harry
Cortright, Harley June
Cramton, Louis Convers
Crandall, Clifford Waldorf
Danforth, Herman Wenger
Dannenberg, Daniel Edward
Davidson, Clarence Newton
Davis, Charles Pugh
Day, Mervin
Dean, Thomas Roland
Dillon, David Francis
Dooling, Thomas
Douglas, Myron Elmer
Draa, Harry Brandt
Dreiske, George Julius
Drenning, Frank Gifford
Duback, Jacob D.
Dye, Robert McAllister
Dysart, Thomas Boyd
Edwards, Thomas
Egan, John Edward
Ellsworth, William David
Elmore, Travis
Emmons, Harold Hunter
Ethier, Joseph John
Everett, Thomas Leon
Fairburn, Frank Archibald
Feckenscher, Edward Richard
Fenton, Harry Anthony
Fisher, Oren Henderson
Fitch, Arthur Lyle
Flansburg, Leo Troy
Fogle, George Preston
Fuller, James Milton
Ganschow, Arthur William
Gilbert, Winfred Sutton
Gillett, William John
Goddard, Edwin Charles
Goodbread, Harry Leith
Green, Charles Coy
Grove, Leech Agnew
Haight, Wilson Benjamin
Halstead, Benjamin Howard
Hamblen, Joseph Gordon
Harper, Samuel Alain
Harris, George Dewitt
Harry, Frederic
Haverty, John Michael
Healy, Albert C.
Heatherly, Frederick Willard
Heinze, Ernest John
Hervey, James Madison
Hess, Horace H.
Hill, Henry Clinton
Hogg, James Ralph
Hole, Lemuel Homer
Hollerich, Cornelius Nicholas
Hyde, Robert Edward
Jones, Orville Kiger
Kehoe, William
Kellogg, Martin Van
King, Paul Courtland
Kooyers, Gerrit William
Lambert, Marsh Euen
Landis, Cary Dayton
Lanier, William Joe
Larmour, William James
Levy, Mortimer Ben
Levy, Moses Montefiore
Lewis, John H.
Leyhe, Albert Dwane
Linn, Almon Henderson
Lloyd, William David
Lowe, Archer Frederick
Lund, Henry Cornelius
Lyle, Hilliard Graham
Malloy, Allen Clare
Mapes, Carl Edgar
Marshall, Fred Byron
Marshall, Thomas Jackson
Matthews, John Aaron
Matthews, Stanley M.
Matthews, Webb Perfet
McConnell, William Lee
McCormack, Edward
McCune, William George
McDaniel, Charles F.
McDonald, Francis Thomas
McKelvy, John Gaily
McVean, Milton James
Mendelson, Harold Cassius
Miller, Fredd Rial
Miller, John Oliver
Moss, William Ray
Mosser, Edwin Jacob
Motter, Samuel Isaac
Mulholland, Frank Leslie
Mullett, Warren
Nellis, Elton Robert
Nelson, Gustave
North, Walter Harper
Nowell, Hartwell
Oates, William Richard
O'Brien, William John
Orem, Frank Milon
Paul, John Wallace
Perry, James Shank
Peters, Elmer Norman
Phelps, Earl Francis
Phillipson, Fred Edgar
Pierce, John Paul
Rafferty, William Edward
Randall, Henry Eber
Raymond, Fred Morton
Reed, Joseph Lilly
Reed, Morris Houghton
Reynolds, John Wilkins
Rickart, Turner Samuel
Rickel, Harry
Robin, Charles Ernest
Robinson, Harry Warren
Robinson, Louis Leslie
Robinson, Robert Edward
Rosenthal, George Henry
Ross, Burton Edward
Runnels, Herbert Walter
Ruppe, George Frederick
Rushton, Herbert James
Russ, Fred
Sanger, Sigmund
Saunders, Eugene
Sawyer, Andrew Jackson
Schock, Harry Garr
Schreiner, Edward
Seipp, Philip Walter
Shanahan, Lisle
Sharp, Chester Delbert
Shaver, Frank Gray
Shepherd, Frank Wiley
Sherman, Frederic Royal
Skinner, Earnest Augustus
Small, Harold Rainey
Smith, Ernest Clarence
Smith, George Harris
Smith, Hervey Montgomery
Smith, Robert Abram
Smith, Wallis Craig
Snyder, Custer
Soule, Ellis Gary
Soule, Orson Pratt
Stephen, George Marcellus
Stocking, J. Branch
Strong, Morgan
Sutherland, Justin Lovell
Tanner, Henry Smith
Taylor, Joshua Charles
Tipton, Walter Dudley
Travers, Frederick Lawrence
Tuck, Leo Clyde
Ullman, Abraham Joseph
Wade, Robert R.
Walrath, Andrew Josiah
Watkins, Roy Milton
Watson, Charles Henry
Wetmore, Harold Butler
Whitman, Roland Dare
Wilson, George Culver
Wilson, Le Roy Allen
Wilson, Mahlon Egbert
Wisner, Carl Victor
Witherell, Herbert Dudley
Wittenmyer, Lucerne Austin
Wolf, William John
Wood, Alphonso Calvin
Worden, Eugene C.
Ziegler, Isidor
Zimmer, Forrest Vishua
 
Michigan Law Wordmark Print View