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H06-1637. Dethmers, John R. (1903-1971). Papers, 1860-2006. 0.50 linear ft.

 Collection
Identifier: H06-1637

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a images of John Dethmers and members of the Cosmopolitan Fraternity, Dethmers and members of the Delta Theta Pi law fraternity at the University of Michigan, and a large photograph of Dethmers; his Hope College Memory Book (scrapbook); Delta Theta Pi law fraternity publications; campaign business card for the January 25, 1940, primary for the Congressional Fifth District; and Michigan Republican Party campaign poster for his campaign for the Michigan Attorney General position in 1944; Hope College student body photograph for the 1922-1923 school year; and a 1938 War Department Corps of Engineers map of Holland Harbor/Lake Macatawa. Oversized materials are stored in the Oversized Horizontal Storage Cabinet.

Dates

  • 1860 - 2006

Creator

Biography

John R. Dethmers was born October 15, 1903, in Plessis, Iowa. He graduated from Hope College in 1924 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1927. Admitted to the Michigan Bar that same year, he began practicing law in Holland, Michigan. In addition, he was prosecuting attorney for Ottawa County, 1931 to 1938; chief assistant attorney general of Michigan 1943 to 1944; then Attorney General of Michigan, 1945-1946.

In 1946, he was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court.

In 1956, he was named the first permanent chief justice, serving 1956-1962; then again from 1967-1971. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, and the National Conference of Chief Justices.

John R. Dethmers died November 1, 1971.

Extent

0.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

John R. Dethmers was born October 15, 1903, in Plessis, Iowa. He graduated from Hope College in 1924 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1927. Admitted to the Michigan Bar that same year, he began practicing law in Holland, Michigan. In addition, he was prosecuting attorney for Ottawa County, 1931 to 1938; chief assistant attorney general of Michigan 1943 to 1944; then Attorney General of Michigan, 1945-1946. In 1946, he was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. In 1956, he was named the first permanent chief justice, serving 1956-1962; then again from 1967-1971. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, and the National Conference of Chief Justices. He died November 1, 1971. Detailed Collection Register available.

Provenance

John R. Dethmers

Photographs

6 images
Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Joint Archives of Holland Repository

Contact:
Theil Research Center
9 East 10th Street
Holland Michigan 49423 United States
616-395-7798