Louis Boisot

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Louis Boisot
Boisot in 1925
BornMay 23, 1856 (1856-05-23)
Died23 July 1933(1933-07-23) (aged 77)

Louis Boisot, Jr. (1856–1933) was an American lawyer and Vice President of the First Trust and Savings Bank of Chicago, Illinois.[1] Boisot wrote the books By-laws of Private Corporations and A Treatise on the Law of Mechanics' Liens.[2]

Early life[edit]

Louis Boisot was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 23, 1856. He was the son of Louis Daniel Boisot (1823-1900) and Albertina Bush (1825-1889).[3] Boisot graduated from Hamilton College (Iowa) in 1877 and belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa society.[4][5] He got his Bachelor of Laws at Columbia University in 1879 and was admitted to the bar in 1880.[6]

Marriage and children[edit]

Boisot married Mary Spencer on May 13, 1887. He was a member of the La Grange Country Club in Illinois and a prominent churchman.[7]

Professional life[edit]

By-laws of Private Corporations, Second Edition, 1902.

Boisot practiced law in Chicago from 1880 to 1903.[8]

On March 26, 1904, Boisot was appointed trust officer of the First National Bank of Chicago.[9] On January 13, 1916, Boisot was appointed vice president, keeping his title of trust officer.[10] He was a director of three other Chicago banks and a trustee of Rollins College.[11][12] His brother, Emile Kellogg Boisot, was also a banker.

Boisot wrote two books on law, The Law of By-laws of Private Corporations (1892)[13] and Treatise on the Law of Mechanics' Liens (1897). The latter book was reviewed, where it was stated that "a considerable part of the Pennsylvania law, for example, as given by Mr. Boisot, is already ancient history." The review goes on to state: "As a digest of the law on Mechanic's Liens, as it existed at the time of writing, the work is of great value."[14]

In 1922, he was a commissioner to the Presbyterian General Assembly.[12]


On July 23, 1933, Boisot died in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he had a summer home. He was buried at the Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He was 77 years old.[15][16]


  • Supreme Court of Illinois. Patrick J. Sexton, Appellant, Chicago Storage Co. et al., Appellees in 1889, (Article)[17]
  • American Rights in the Behring Sea in 1890, Chicago, Illinois, (Article)[18][19]
  • The Legality of Trust Combinations in 1891, (Article)[20]
  • The Law of By-laws of Private Corporations First Edition (1892)[21][22]
  • By-laws of Private Corporations Second Edition (1902)[23]
  • A Treatise on Mechanics' Liens in 1897[24][25]
  • Address on Corporation By-Laws in 1902 (Address)[26]


  1. ^ "First Trust and Savings Bank". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. 1917-11-26. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  2. ^ Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography| Thomas William Herringshaw, page 367
  3. ^ "United States Census, 1870 United States Census". The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. 1870. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  4. ^ Boisot, Louis (1927). "1877 CLASS ANNALIST'S LETTER". www.hamilton.edu. Hamilton College. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  5. ^ "Boisot, Louis - 1876 Distinguished Scholar Honors". Dubuque Daily Times (Dubuque, Iowa). June 29, 1876. p. 8. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Former Dubuquer, Author, Is Dead". Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal, Dubuque, IA. 1933. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  7. ^ The New York Times, July 23, 1933
  8. ^ "Louis Boisot Dies; Chicago Banker". The New York Times. Chicago. 1933. Retrieved 2020-07-26. After practicing law in Chicago from 1880 to 1903
  9. ^ "Banks For Savings". The Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. 1904-05-24. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  10. ^ "Chicago Bank Meetings". The Wall Street Journal. New York, New York. 1916-01-13. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  11. ^ "Rollins Founders' Week Officially Launched". The Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida. 1930-02-20. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  12. ^ a b The New York Times, Louis Boisot Dies, Chicago Banker, July 22, 1933.
  13. ^ "Book Reviews: By-Laws of Private Corporations". Michigan Law Journal. Buffalo, New York. 2. 1892. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  14. ^ "Book Reviews: A Treatise on Mechanic's Liens". The American Law Register and Review. 45 (5). May 1897. JSTOR 3305653.
  15. ^ The New York Times, Louis Boisot Dies, Chicago Banker, July 22, 1933.
  16. ^ "Louis Boisot Is Dead; Former Official Of First Trust & Savings". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. July 23, 1933. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  17. ^ JSTOR Reference for “Supreme Court of Illinois. Patrick J. Sexton, Appellant, Chicago Storage Co. Et Al., Appellees.” The American Law Register (1852-1891), vol. 37, no. 9, 1889, pp. 558–569.
  18. ^ WorldCat Reference for American Rights in the Behring Sea
  19. ^ Penn Law Journals, Vol. 38 (1890)
  20. ^ JSTOR Reference for The Legality of Trust Combinations, The American Law Register (1852-1891), vol. 39, no. 12, 1891, pp. 751–770
  21. ^ WorldCat Reference for The Law of By-laws of Private Corporations
  22. ^ "The Law of By-laws of Private Corporations". The US Corporation Bureau, Chicago, Ill, 1892. 1892. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  23. ^ Boisot, Louis (1902). By-laws of Private Corporations. Keefe Davidson Company, St. Paul, MINN, 1902. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  24. ^ WorldCat Reference for Treatise on the Law of Mechanics' Liens
  25. ^ A treatise on mechanics' liens. St. Paul, Minn. West Publishing Co., 1897. 1897. Retrieved June 29, 2017. A treatise on mechanics' liens boisot.
  26. ^ Northwestern University, Bulletin of the School of Law, Corporation By-Laws, Address delivered in the course on Legal Tactics, Evanston, Chicago, October 13, 1902

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