Cramton, Louis C. (Louis Convers), 1875-

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Birth 1875-12-02
Death 1966-06-23

Biographical notes:

State Representative from Lapeer, Michigan, U.S. Congressman, 1913-1931, and special attorney to the Secretary of the Interior.

From the description of Louis Convers Cramton papers, 1896-1966. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 154302081

Louis Convers Cramton was born in Hadley township, Lapeer County, Michigan, on December 2, 1875. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law Department in 1899, was admitted to the bar, and then began practice in Lapeer at that time. After short stints as a newspaper publisher and secretary td the Michigan Railroad Commission, Cramton embarked on a career of public political service that was both diverse and enduring. He served as a member of the State House of Representatives in 1909 and 1910; was a Republican member of Congress from 1913 to 1931; special attorney to the Secretary of the Interior in 1931 and 1932; circuit judge of Michigan's fortieth circuit court from 1934 through 1941; was elected to the State house of representatives again in 1948 and served until his retirement at the end of 1960. Throughout his public career, Cramton distinguished himself as able legislator, jurist, and lawyer. He was a staunch advocate of the maintenance of the National Park system and of historic preservation of landmarks and buildings. He also championed increased opportunity for the disadvantaged; witness Cramton's legislative efforts to improve the health, education, and industrial development of American Indians, his patronage of Howard University, and his work on the fair employment-practices law in Michigan. Cramton died in Saginaw, Michigan, June 23, 1966.

From the guide to the Louis C. Cramton Papers, ca. 1865-1966, 1916-1965, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)


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