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

Posted: 4 Apr 2012 Last revised: 14 Jun 2012

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Date Written: March 30, 2012

Abstract

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.]

Suggested Citation

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

Norman Otto Stockmeyer (Contact Author)

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