- 2 Mr. Justice Henry Billings Brown was born in Lee, Massachusetts, March 2, 1836. His
academic education was at Yale, and among his fellow students were ChaunceyM.Depew
and his later associates on the Supreme bench, Mr. Justice Brewer and Mr.
Justice Shiras. His education in law was obtained at Yale and Harvard. In 1859
he moved to Michigan, where he practiced law until 1861. He then served as
Deputy U. S. Marshal and Assistant District Attorney until 1868, when he became Judge
of the Wayne County Circuit Court. In 1875 he was appointed U. S. District Judge by
President Grant, and in 1890 Associate Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court by President