The Case of Rose of Aberlone - Michigan's Great Contribution to Contract Law

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

March 30, 2012

This paper explores the curious story behind the “Case of the Barren Cow,” a part of Michigan history that is known to every American lawyer and law student, and almost nobody else. It features Theodore Sherwood, a Plymouth banker who became Michigan’s first banking commissioner, and Hiram Walker, a Detroiter who made a fortune with Canadian Club whiskey and became known as the “Henry Ford of Canada” for his many innovations. Their epic 1886 lawsuit over a cow – “Rose 2d of Aberlone” – broke new legal ground and is still studied today in virtually every American law school. [Includes photographs.]

Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: April 4, 2012 ; Last revised: June 14, 2012

Suggested Citation

Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, The Case of Rose of Aberlone - Michigan's Great Contribution to Contract Law (March 30, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2034426 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2034426

Contact Information

Norman Otto Stockmeyer (Contact Author)
Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )
1352 Hickory Island Drive
Haslett, MI 48840
United States
517-339-2246 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.cooley.edu
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 422
Downloads: 46

© 2015 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo1 in 0.344 seconds