Edward Samuel Corwin

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Edward Samuel Corwin (January 19, 1878 – April 23, 1963) was president of the American Political Science Association.


He was born in Plymouth, Michigan on January 19, 1878. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1900; and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1905. He was invited to join the faculty of Princeton University by Woodrow Wilson in 1905. In 1908 he was appointed the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence. He authored many books on United States constitutional law, and he remained at Princeton until he retired in 1946. He died on April 23, 1963 and was buried in Princeton Cemetery.


He has been often quoted for saying that the Constitution "is an invitation to struggle for the privilege of directing American foreign policy." This inspired the title of a 1992 book by Cecil Van Meter Crabb.


  • John Marshall and the Constitution; a chronicle of the Supreme court (1919)
  • The Constitution and What It Means Today (1920)
  • The President, Office and Powers (1940)
  • The Constitution and World Organization (1944)
  • Total War and the Constitution (1946)
  • The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (1952) (Editor)
  • The "Higher Law" Background of American Constitutional Law (1965)

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