Biography of William L. January
Wayne County, MI Biographies

JANUARY (Janvier), William Louis, lawyer; born, near Xenia, O., Jan. 9, 1853; son of George Wadman and Mary Standifore (Garnett) January (descendant of the old French family of Janvier, and direct descendant of Thomas Janvier, who settled in Philadelphia, in 1686, and became a large land owner; the name was changed to January in 1720); educated in district schools of Green Co., O.; elective course, University of Michigan; Law Department, University of Michigan, graduating, LL.B., 1883; married at Shelby, O., May 25, 1886, Carrie B. Brucker; 1 daughter, Marie Margueretta (graduate Michigan Conservatory of Music; studied Overland Conservatory of Music). Admitted to Michigan bar, 1883, and since practiced continually; principally corporation, patent infringement and interference cases. Elected to Michigan House of Representatives, 1896; introduced charter amendments affecting City of Detroit; also first bill providing for general primary election reforms throughout the state and abolition of caucuses and conventions; introduced and secured passage of bill for protection of parks and boulevards, notably the Belle Isle bridge approach, making it a part of the City Park; also active in reduction of taxation, and repeal of M. C. charter. Delegate to World's Congress of Lawyers and Jurists, St. Louis, 1904; appointed by Detroit County and Michigan State bar to compile and edit memorial of John Marshall Day celebration. Republican. His services in the sound money campaign, 1896, were conspicuous, his clear comprehension of the issues at stake making him a valuable adviser; took active part in the campaign, rendering valuable services to his party on the stump, and by his writings through the press and otherwise. Member Detroit Board of Commerce, Association Bar City of Detroit, Michigan State Bar Association, American Bar Association (general council), International Law Association, L'Institut de Droit Compare, Bruxelles; member University of Michigan Association of Detroit, Ohio Society of Detroit. Club: Detroit Yacht. Recreation: outdoor sports. Office: 12-13 Buhl Balk. Residence: 110 Woodland Ave.

The Book of Detroiters
A Biographical Dictionary
Of Leading Living Men
Of The City of Detroit

Second Edition 1914
Edited By: Albert Nelson Marquis
A. N. Marquis & Company
Chicago 1914.

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