Alexis C. Angell

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Alexis C. Angell
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
February 25, 1911 – June 1, 1912
Appointed byWilliam Howard Taft
Preceded byHenry Harrison Swan
Succeeded byArthur J. Tuttle
Personal details
Alexis Caswell Angell

(1857-04-26)April 26, 1857
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedDecember 24, 1932(1932-12-24) (aged 75)
RelationsThomas McIntyre Cooley
ParentJames Burrill Angell
RelativesAlexis Caswell
EducationUniversity of Michigan (A.B.)
University of Michigan Law School (LL.B.)
read law

Alexis Caswell Angell (April 26, 1857 – December 24, 1932), frequently known as A. C. Angell,[1] was a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Education and career[edit]

Born on April 26, 1857, in Providence, Rhode Island, Angell received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1878 from the University of Michigan, read law in 1879, and received a Bachelor of Laws in 1880 from the University of Michigan Law School. He entered private practice in Detroit, Michigan from 1880 to 1911.[2] He was a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan from 1893 to 1898, lecturing one half of each year.[3]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Judicial portrait of Angell, c. 1930.

Angell was nominated by President William Howard Taft on February 25, 1911, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan vacated by Judge Henry Harrison Swan. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 2, 1911, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on June 1, 1912, due to his resignation.[2]


Following his resignation from the federal bench, Angell returned to private practice in Detroit from 1912 to 1932.[2] He died on December 24, 1932.[2]


Angell was the son of James Burrill Angell and Sarah Swope Caswell,[citation needed] and was named for his maternal grandfather, Alexis Caswell, later President of Brown University.[4] Angell was 14 when his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan when his father was appointed President of the University of Michigan.[citation needed] In 1880, he married Fanny Cary Cooley, daughter of Law Professor Thomas McIntyre Cooley.[citation needed]

Other activities[edit]

Angell edited the second edition of Cooley's Torts (1888), the sixth edition of his Constitutional Limitations (1890), and the second edition of his Principles of Constitutional Law (1891).[citation needed]


  1. ^ Newspaper mentions of Judge A. C. Angell
  2. ^ a b c d Alexis Caswell Angell at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ Hinsdale, B.A. (1906). History of the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan. p. 299. hdl:2027/mdp.39015038903319.
  4. ^ "Alexis Caswell: 1868-1872 | Office of the President | Brown University". Retrieved 2022-09-02.


Legal offices
Preceded by Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Succeeded by