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Nathan Abbott

Nathan Abbott taught at the University of Michigan Law School, 1891-1892.

Date of Birth: 1854
Date of Death: 




NATHAN DAVIS ABBOTT was born at Norridgewock, Maine, July 11, 1854, son of Abdiel and Sarah Smith (Davis) Abbott, and the sixth in line from George Abbott of Andover, Massachusetts, who came from England about 1630. His early training was in the public schools. After three years in Phillips Academy at Andover he entered Yale College in 1873, and was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1877. He studied law in the office of his father in Boston and at the Boston University Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1880 and practised his profession in Boston for about ten years. In 1891 he accepted a call to the Tappan Professorship of Law at the University of Michigan, but held the position only one year, resigning it to accept a professorship of law in Northwestern University. In 1894 he was called to Leland Stanford Junior University as Professor of Law, where he still is. In 1893 Boston University conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was married in 1884 to Frances Field, and they have two children, Dorothy and Phyllis.

-- From "History of the University of Michigan" by Burke Aaron Hinsdale.  Published by the University of Michigan in 1906.

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Class Notes (De Forest Paine student notebook, 1871: ) 

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