Morton Barrows was born on June 14, 1856, in Reading Massachusetts, graduated Harvard University in 1880, attended Boston University Law School, moved to St. Paul in 1883, and was admitted to the bar. He died on August 17, 1936, in St. Paul, at age 80. In a memorial proceeding presented by the Ramsey County Bar Association the next year, his half century at the bar was recalled:
"He came to St. Paul in 1883 and was immediately admitted to the Bar of this State. He very soon became recognized as a brilliant trial lawyer. For the fifty years of his active practice he enjoyed a very extensive trial practice and he was a familiar figure in the Courts of every county in Minnesota and many of those in Wisconsin and North Dakota. Possessed of a ready wit, pleasing personality, and very comprehensive knowledge of the law, he soon became recognized as one of the most able and successful lawyers of our Bar. Mr. Barrows was never active in political or public affairs but he was always deeply interested in the affairs of his chosen profession. For 15 years he was a member of the faculty of the St. Paul College of Law, lecturing on the subject of torts. He was the author of a textbook "Barrows on Negligence" which was for many years the textbook on that subject in many law colleges."
Barrows' treatise on torts was published in 1900 by West Publishing Company. It is posted here.
It was reviewed in 13 Harvard Law Review 533-534 (February 1900) and the 49 Central Law Journal 472-73 (December 15, 1899). Those reviews are posted separately on the MLHP.
Posted MLHP: August 10, 2016.