Viewing John Stryker: "William Mitchell" (1904).
A chapter on Justice William Mitchell written by John Stryker, a St. Paul lawyer, was included in the first volume of "The History of the Bench and Bar of Minnesota," compiled by Hiram Fairchild Stevens and published in 1904. It was the last of five profiles of Mitchell that appeared in books published between 1879 and 1904. Though short, Stryker's profile is the first that went beyond the mere recitation of biographical data on Mitchell to discuss his thinking, especially his willingness to re-examine precedent. All five profiles are reproduced in this article.