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Otto Kirchner

Otto Kirchner taught at the University of Michigan Law School,  in 1886 -1906.

Date of Birth: 1846
Date of Death: 1920



OTTO KIRCHNER was born at Frankfort-on-the-Oder, Germany, July 13, 1846, son of Rudolph and Ottilie (Schultz) Kirchner. He emigrated to the United States in 1853, studied law, and was admitted to the Michigan Bar, taking up the practice of his profession at Detroit. He was Attorney-General for Michigan, 1877-1881. During the year 1885-1886 he was Kent Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. In 1893 he was recalled to the University as Professor of Law, and held the position continuously till the summer of 1906, when he resigned the chair and accepted a non-resident lectureship in Legal Ethics. In 1894 the University conferred upon him the honorary degree of Master of Arts. He is a member of the American Historical Association, and of the Michigan Political Science Association, and was president of the latter in 1896. He has also served as president of the Detroit Church Club from its inception in 1893.

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

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