Henry Wade Rogers papers: 1873-1920
Summary Information
Title: Henry Wade Rogers papers
Creator: Rogers, Henry Wade, 1853-1926
Dates: 1873-1920
Extent: 1 linear foot
Professor of law at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. Papers consist of a scrapbook containing programs and invitations largely connected with Northwestern University, miscellaneous letters received while professor at University of Michigan, many relating to speaking engagements; and manuscript biography of Thomas M. Cooley.
Call number: 852211 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Acquisition Information:

Donor No. 385.

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Henry Wade Rogers was born in 1853 in Holland Patent, near Utica, New York. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1874, and from the law school in 1877. He practiced law in Minneapolis, and then New Jersey, until 1882, when he returned to the University of Michigan to become Taping professor of law. In 1885, he became professor of Roman law, and in the following year, he succeeded Thomas M. Cooley to become dean of the Department of Law. He was also lecturer on domestic relations and criminal law in 1890-1891.

In 1890 he left the university to become president of Northwestern University, where he remained for ten years. He was chairman of the World's Congress on Jurisprudence and Law Reform at the Chicago Exposition of 1893, and general chairman of the Saratoga Conference on the Foreign Policy of the United States in 1898.

Rogers resigned from his position at Northwestern to join the Yale Law School, first as a lecturer, then as professor of law and finally as dean of the school from 1903 to 1916. He also served as president of the Association of American Law Schools in 1906, and as chairman of the American Bar Association's Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar from 1905 to 1917. In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him federal judge to the Second Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rogers held the chair of jurisprudence at Yale until his retirement in 1921. He died in 1926 at the age of seventy-two.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Henry Wade Rogers papers consist of a scrapbook containing programs and invitations largely connected with Northwestern University, miscellaneous letters received while professor at University of Michigan, many relating to speaking engagements; and a manuscript biography of Thomas M. Cooley. The papers are organized in to three series: Correspondence, 1873-1920; Thomas M. Cooley; and Scrapbook. Correspondents include: Thomas F. Bayard, George Biddle, Henry B. Brown, Grover Cleveland, Thomas M. Cooley, Henry S. Frieze, Melville W. Fuller, Joseph E. Gary, John M. Harlan, James McMillan, Samuel Maxwell, Samuel F. Miller, John P. Newman, George P.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Judges -- Michigan.
  • Lawyers -- Michigan.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Cooley, Thomas McIntyre, 1824-1898.
  • Cooley family.
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
  • Rogers, Henry Wade, 1853-1926.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Law.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Bayard, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), 1828-1898.
  • Biddle, George.
  • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.
  • Cooley, Charles Horton, 1864-1929.
  • Frieze, Henry S. (Henry Simmons), 1817-1889.
  • Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910.
  • Gary, J. E. (Joseph Easton), 1821-1906.
  • Harlan, John Marshall, 1833-1911.
  • Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Kent, Charles A. (Charles Artemis), 1835-1917.
  • McMillan, James, 1838-1902.
  • Maxwell, Samuel, 1826-1901.
  • Miller, Samuel Freeman, 1816-1890.
  • Newman, John Philip, 1826-1899.
  • Putnam, George Palmer, 1887-1950.
  • Vincent, John Heyl, 1832-1920.
  • Winchell, Alexander, 1824-1891.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
1873-1888, undated
Box   1  
Box   1  
1890, 1898
Box   1  
January-July 1901
Box   1  
August-September 1901
Box   1  
October-December 1901
Box   1  
Box   1  
1914-1920, undated
Thomas M. Cooley [series]
Box   1  
Manuscript of Thomas Cooley's lecture, "The Place of the Federal Supreme Court in the Constitutional System of the United States."
Manuscript of Cooley biography; chapters entitled:
Box   1  
Ancestry and boyhood
Box   1  
Early years in Michigan
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Political relations
Box   1  
Chairman of Interstate Commerce Commission
Box   1  
Box   1  
Railroad arbitrator and receiver
Box   1  
President of the American Bar Association
Box   1  
Washington life
Box   1  
The Last Years
Box   1  
Miscellaneous papers
Scrapbook [series]
Box   1  

(including programs, invitations, etc., largely of Northwestern University, but also The University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago)

Additional Descriptive Data
Partial Index to Correspondence
Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • August 18, 1901
Bayard, Thomas Francis, 1828-1898.
  • 1889
Biddle, George
  • 1889
Cleveland, Grover, Pres. U.S., 1837-1908.
  • April 2, 1890
Cooley, Charles Horton, 1864-1929.
  • July 29, September 17, October 13, 1901
Frieze, Henry Simmons, 1817-1889.
  • 1887
Fuller, Melville Weston, 1833-1910.
  • 1888, 1890
Gary, Joseph Easton, 1821-1903.
  • 1888
Harlan, John Marshall, 1833-1911.
  • April 25, 1889.
Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904
  • November 12, 1901
Hutchins, Harry Burns, 1847-1930.
  • October 10, 1901
Kent, Charles Artemas, 1835-1917.
  • September 27, 1901.
McMillan, James, 1838-1902.
  • 1889
Maxwell, Samuel, 1826-1901.
  • 1889
Miller, Samuel Freeman, 1816-1890.
  • 1880, 1886
Newman, John Philip, 1826-1899.
  • 1889-1890
Vincent, John Heyl, 1832-1920.
  • 1888-1889
Winchell, Alexander, 1824-1891.
  • 1889, 1890