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OLD MEMBERS OF THE CALHOUN AND KALAMAZOO COUNTY BARS

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

How much bitter feud and money "Joe" Miller has saved citizens of this county, by such sound advice, who can tell? The old law office of "Stuart & Miller" in 1843 was on the east side of Portage street, Kalamazoo. It was in this old office that Joe Miller, as the legal Vulcan, forged the weapons for his partner, Stuart, to use in combat with their foes in the court Room. Let Miller fit the case for trial, and let Stuart present it to the jury, and the verdict of the "stubborn twelve, " it was usually thought, would be given in their favor. Miller was a lawyer of close and profound research. With him knowledge came by analysis and close inductive reasoning. If there was an imperfection in the law. or a flaw in the argument of his opponent, his eagle eve detected it at a glance. He excelled in the "weightier matters of the Jaw. " He was at first merely a court, but eventually became a jury lawyer as well. As he grew in practice his reading became more extensive, till in the zenith of his fame he was the peer of the foremost jurist in western Michigan.
HORACE MOWER
Horace Mower was born in "Woodstock, Winsor county, Vt. He graduated at Dartmouth college, read law with Hon. Andrew Tracer, of Woodstock, and came to Kalamazoo in 1838; was a member of the state legislature in 1847, and appointed judge of New Mexico, and served two years. He had a fine classical education, and was the finest belles lettres scholar in Kalamazoo. He was affable, gentlemanly, social, and had wit and humor. He was an astute lawyer, and, in his best days, was the pride and ornament of the Kalamazoo bar. As a lawyer he was not as logical, as a thinker he was not as profound as some of his compeers, but he was endowed with extraordinary tact and was full of expedient and resource. He was not noted for sustained oratory, but with an occasional burst of genuine eloquence he would carry his audience by storm.

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