Biography of Michael H. O'Brien
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O'BRIEN, Michael Hubert, lawyer; born, Detroit, Apr. 25, 1878; son of late Michael William and Martha Frances (Watson) O'Brien; A.B., Detroit College, 1895, A.M., 1902; LL , Detroit College of Law, 1897; LL.B., University of Michigan, Department of Law, 1898; married, June 15, 1912, Mrs. Zula Vail Shirts (nee Cheney), of Grand Rapids, Mich. Began practice with law firm of Keene & Lightner; organized firm of May & O'Brien, 1900, with Samuel L. May, circuit court commissioner, later Hon. Edwin Denby, ex congressman, joined firm and name changed to May, Denby & O'Brien, which continued until Feb., 1907; associated with William G. Fitzpatrick, Frank E. Doremus and Charles E. Duffy (no firm name) since 1909. Served as marshal U. S. Court for China, Feb., 1907-Oct., 1909. Enlisted in 1st Div., Mich. State Naval Brigade, 1899, and served continuously to 1905, when received commission as ensign 1st Div., M. S. N. B.; resigned 1907, on going to China. Member Michigan State Bar Association, Association Bar City of Detroit, Detroit Board of Commerce, Associated Charities of Detroit. Democrat. Roman Catholic. Member American Association of China, Sigma Phi, University of Detroit Alumni Association, Detroit College of Law Alumni Association, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society. Clubs: University, Detroit Boat, Detroit Athletic, Detroit Racquet and Curling, Detroit Tennis, Lawyers, Green Bag. Recreation: athletic sports. Office: 1603-1606 Ford Bldg. Residence: 919 Jefferson 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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