Corwin, Edward S. (Edward Samuel), 1878-1963

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Edwin S. Corwin, a historian and political scientist, was McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University from 1918 and a prominent authority on constitutional law and theory, administrative law, international law, and jurisprudence. He was an adviser to the Public Works Administration (1935) and special assistant and consultant to the attorney general on constitutional issues (1936-37). In 1937 he gave full support to President Roosevelt's Supreme Court reorganization plan. In 1954 he served as chairman of a national committee which opposed the Bricker Amendment to restrict the treaty-making powers of the President.

From the description of Edward S. Corwin papers, ca. 1860-1961 (bulk 1920-1958) (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 77949124

Edward S. Corwin was born to Frank Adelbert and Dora Lyndon Corwin in Plymouth, Michigan on January 19, 1878. He was president of his class and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan in 1900. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1905. He married Mildred Sutcliffe Smith on June 28, 1909.

Corwin was a renowned authority on United States constitutional law and theory, administrative law, international law, and jurisprudence. One of the original group of preceptors hired at Princeton University by Woodrow Wilson in 1905, Corwin became a full professor in 1911 and assumed Wilson's McCormick Professorship in Jurisprudence in 1918. Corwin was also the first chairman of Princeton's Department of Politics, which he headed from 1924 to 1935.

A prolific author, Corwin wrote more than 20 books, including The Constitution and What It Means Today (1928). His other books include John Marshall and the Constitution (1919); The Twilight of The Supreme Court (1935); The Commerce Power Versus States Rights--Back to the Constitution (1936); Court Over Constitution (1938); The President--Office and Powers (1940); Constitutional Revolution (1941); The Constitution and World Organization (1944); Total War and the Constitution (1947); Liberty Against Government (1948); and A Constitution of Powers in a Secular State (1951). Corwin was also co-editor of The War Cyclopedia (1917).

In addition to teaching and writing, Corwin was an advisor to the Public Works Administration in 1935, and in 1936 and 1937 he served under the U.S. Attorney General as a special assistant and consultant on constitutional questions. In 1937 he gave full support to President Roosevelt's Supreme Court reorganization plan. In 1954 he served as chairman of a national committee which opposed the Bricker Amendment to restrict the treaty-making powers of the President.

Corwin was a president of the American Political Science Association and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He was also a member of the American Historical Association, the Southern Political Science Association and the Institut International de Droit Public.

Corwin retired from Princeton in 1946 as McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus. Following his retirement, he taught at Columbia University, the University of Virginia, New York University School of Law, Emory University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Washington though he continued to live in Princeton. He died on April 29, 1963.

From the guide to the Edward S. Corwin Papers, circa 1860-1961, 1920-1958, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

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referencedIn Walworth, Arthur, 1903-. Arthur Clarence Walworth papers, 1868-2003 (inclusive), 1868-1994 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Alumni Association (University of Michigan), Individual Photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1960s Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham. Papers, 1881-1944 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Hart, James, 1896-1959. Letters to Professor James Hart from eminent Americans in the fields of politics and political science on governmental policy and problems [manuscript] 1915-1953. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Pell, Herbert Claiborne, 1884-1961. Papers, 1912-1960. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955. Papers, 1905-1955 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Papers University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Charles R. Walgreen Foundation for the Study of American Institutions. Records, 1938-1956. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. Papers, 1840-1961 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Papers of the University of Southern California School of Public Administration, 1929-1985 University of Southern California. Library. University Archives
referencedIn Arthur Clarence Walworth papers, 1868-2003, 1868-1994 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Scott Millross Buchanan papers, 1911-1972. Houghton Library
referencedIn Paul A. Freund papers Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Edward S. Corwin Papers, circa 1860-1961, 1920-1958 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
creatorOf Harris, Robert Jennings, 1907-. Robert J. Harris Papers [manuscript], 1938-1968. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886-1960. Papers, 1894-1960 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Corwin, Edward Samuel, 1878-1963. Edward S. Corwin papers, ca. 1860-1961 (bulk 1920-1958) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Homer D. Crotty papers and addenda, 1859-2011 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
referencedIn Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Carter, Boake, 1898-1944. Letter to Robert D. Williamson, 1935 January 8. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jesse Siddall Reeves Papers, 1853-1942, 1901-1942 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Claude Halstead Van Tyne papers Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Charles R. Walgreen Foundation. Records, 1938-1956 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Fetter, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1863-1949. Fetter mss., 1875-1988. Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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associatedWith Bricker, John W. (John William), 1893-1986 person
correspondedWith Buchanan, Scott Millross, 1895-1968 person
associatedWith Carter, Boake, 1898-1944. person
associatedWith Charles R. Walgreen Foundation for the Study of American Institutions. corporateBody
associatedWith Crotty, Homer D. person
associatedWith Faculty and administration of the USC School of Public Administration 1929-1985 corporateBody
associatedWith Fetter, Frank A. (Frank Albert), 1863-1949 person
associatedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith Harris, Robert Jennings, 1907- person
associatedWith Hart, James, 1896-1959. person
associatedWith Hudson, Manley Ottmer, 1886- person
associatedWith McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947. person
associatedWith Paul A. Freund person
associatedWith Pell, Herbert Claiborne, 1884-1961. person
associatedWith Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964 person
associatedWith Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955. person
associatedWith Princeton University corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Dept. of Politics corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Dept. of Politics corporateBody
associatedWith Reeves, Jesse Siddall, 1872- person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person
associatedWith United States. Supreme Court. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Alumni Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Tyne, Claude Halstead, 1869-1930 person
associatedWith Walworth, Arthur, 1903- person
associatedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 person
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American history/Gilded Age, Populism, Progressivism
American politics and government
Civil rights
Civil rights
Due process of law
Due process of law
Executive power
Executive power
Legal history
Political science
Political science
Political scientists
Political scientists
Princeton University
Public policy/20th century
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Birth 1878-01-19

Death 1963-04-23

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