Benjamin Jonson Shipman was born on Sept. 29, 1853, in Haddam, Connecticut, and died in Seattle, Washington, on August 31, 1915, at age 61. He practiced law in St. Paul, concentrating on real estate and commercial matters. His business card in the 1892 edition of Hubbell's Legal Directory for Lawyers and Business Men lists his "specialties" as "Real Estate and Admiralty, Examination of Titles and Investments for non-Residents."
He also contributed two volumes to West Publishing Company's popular "Hornbook Series." The first edition of his book on common law pleading appeared in 1894, a second edition in 1895, and a third edition prepared by Henry Winthrop Ballantine was published by West in 1923.
His book on equity pleading was published by West in 1897, and his two volume Civil Procedure in the District and Supreme Courts of the State of Minnesota: With Forms was published by Keefe-Davidson Company, St. Paul, in 1902.
Shipman's treatise on common-law pleading was reviewed in three law journals, and they are posted separately in the "Treatise/Textbook" category in the archives of the MLHP.
Posted MLHP: August 14, 2016.