Edward Samuel Corwin

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Edward Samuel Corwin
Edward S. Corwin criticized the Supreme Court.jpg
Corwin testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1937
Born(1878-01-19)January 19, 1878
DiedApril 23, 1963(1963-04-23) (aged 85)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
OccupationPrinceton University faculty

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


Corwin 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 was reinterred to Riverside Cemetery near his birthplace in Plymouth, Michigan, where he is buried with his wife, parents, and other family members.[1]

A full biography of Corwin, with a comprehensive bibliography of his numerous publications, was written by Kenneth Crews and published in 1985.[2]


He has been often quoted for saying that the Constitution "is an invitation to struggle for the privilege of directing American foreign policy."


  • 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)
  • French Policy And The American Alliance Of 1778 (1916)


  1. ^ Edward Samuel Corwin at Find a Grave
  2. ^ Kenneth D. Crews, Edward S. Corwin and the American Constitution: A Bibliographical Analysis (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985).

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