In 1893, Charles Burke Elliott published The Principles of the Law of Private Corporation -- with Leading and Illustrative Cases. Revised editions followed in 1895 and 1900.
The third edition, published in 1900 by the Bowen-Merrill Company of Indianapolis and Kansas City, has this dedication:
Hon Cushman K. Davis
Scholar, Lawyer, Statesman
Elliott admired Senator Davis: he was not only a successful lawyer who continued practicing while a Senator, even appearing before the U. S. Supreme Court, but also an author of books on Shakespeare and international law, a subject that interested Elliott. Davis died on November 27, 1900, shortly after the book appeared.
In 1904 Elliott was elected Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court and served from 1905 to 1909, when he resigned to accept a presidential appointment as Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the Philippines. It was during this period, 1909-1912, when he was out of the country, that the publisher decided to issue a new edition of his treatise on the law of private corporations.
Howard S. Abbott, a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota College of Law, undertook the task of revising and enlarging Elliott?s treatise. The fourth edition was published in 1911 by the Bobbs-Merrill Company of Indianapolis. It is posted here.
Abbott dedicated his edition to a William Lochren, who was Federal District Court Judge in Minnesota from 1896 to 1908:
That Most Distinguished
Loved Jurist and Lawyer
Honorable William Lochren
This Fourth Edition
Is Respectfully Dedicated
Lochren had appointed Abbott Special Master in Chancery in several railroad receiverships. He died on January 27, 1912, shortly after Abbott's edition was published.
Posted MLHP: August 16, 2016.