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Harrison A. Bronson

Justice of the Supreme Court

Nunica, Michigan

Justice Bronson was born in Nunica, Michigan, on November 19, 1873, where he received his early schooling. He moved to North Dakota and received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Dakota in 1894; a master of arts degree in Latin from the University of North Dakota in 1895; and a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1901. He was admitted to practice in Minnesota and North Dakota in 1901 and started a practice in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Within a short time, he moved to Grand Forks where he practiced until 1917. During this period he served in the State Senate from 1913 to 1917, then in 1917 and part of 1918 he served as an Assistant Attorney General. He was elected to the Supreme Court in the 1918 general election at age 45; however, he was also appointed to fill the vacancy created after the resignation of Justice Bruce in December 1918. He retired from the Bench when his term expired on December 31, 1924, after serving six years and one month. He then became Chief Counsel for the State Mill and Elevator; in addition, he carried on a private practice, lectured at the University of North Dakota School of Law, and authored four books in various areas of property law. Justice Bronson died April 22, 1947, at age 73.