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Hon. Andrew Crosby Maxwell (1831-1902)
Born in Pompey Hill, N.Y. Moved to Bay City in 1857.

Preface - Andrew C. Maxwell is the son of Robert Maxell and Magaret Crosby, and the younger brother of Samuel Maxwell (b. 1825), In 1844 the family moved to Michigan. In 1856 Samuel, who had an education in law, moved to Nebraska, where he farmed. While in 1857 Andrew moved to Bay City. A year later Samuel rented out his farm, and joined his brother's law practice at Bay City. After receiving acceptance to the bar in 1859, he returned to Nebraska. Both brothers went on to become judges, with Samuel becoming a supreme court justice in Nebraska.
- Source: History of Nebraska, vol. 1.

1883 biography - Added May, 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


Andrew C. Maxwell came here in March, 1857, from Lapeer, Mich. He was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., July 11, 1831. When thirteen years of age he removed to Michigan with his parents, who settled in Oakland County. He was brought up on a farm, and studied law at Pontiac. In June 1853, he was admitted to the bar and settled in Lapeer, where he began the practice of law. December 28, 1853, he married Sarah M. Hart, who belonged to the pioneer family of Lapeer County. While there he held the office of prosecuting attorney one term. In March 1857, he settled in Lower Saginaw, where he has been in continuous practice longer than any other attorney now here. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors in 1870, '71, and from 1876 to 1880, when he resigned. In 1881 he was again elected and re-elected in 1882 and 1883. He was a member of the Legislature in 1864 and in the Fall of 1882 was the Democratic candidate for Congress in the Tenth district. In 1872 he built a block on Water Street, known as the Maxwell Block. Mr. Maxwell has had more to do with affairs of Bay County than any other man in it on account of his long service on the Board of Supervisors and his recognized ability as a lawyer. He also took an active part in the organization of the county. As a lawyer Mr. Maxwell long ago had acquired a state reputation, and for upwards of twenty years has had a very extensive practice in the courts of Northern Michigan. To those who know him it would sound exceedingly tame to say that "Maxwell is an inveterate joker," when for a quarter of a century accounts of his acts of generosity and interestedness in others' affairs upon suspicious occasions, have been the current anecdotes in this part of the state, several of which are recorded in another part of this work.

1888 Political Bio. -- Added Aug., 2008.

Early History of Michigan - Political Biographies (1888)


Representative from Bay county in 1865, was born at Pompey Hill, N. Y., July 11, 1831. In 1844 his father settled on a farm at White Lake, Mich. From 1849 to 1852 he was a student at Oberlin college. He taught school at Lapeer in 1852. Studied law at Pontiac and was admitted in 1853, practiced at Lapeer, and was prosecuting attorney in 1854. In 1857 removed to Bay City and is still there in practice, also farming and real estate. Many years a supervisor. Has twice been a candidate for the state senate, and ran for congress in 1882. In politics a Democrat.

Additional Notes.

    1853 - Michigan Marriages: Lapeer.

  • Date: December 26, 1853.
  • Groom: Andrew C. Maxwell, age 28
  • Bride: Sarah M. Hart, age 24

    American Biographical History (1878).

  • In 1862, George L. Maltz, graduate of Univ. of Michigan, entered the law practice of Judge Maxell, for three months.

    1879 - History of Michigan (1915).

  • Edward W. Porter entered the law office of Judge Maxwell.

    1880 - Census: Bay City.

  • Maxwell, Andrew, b. 1830 New York
  • Sarah, wife, b. 1825, New York
  • Robert, son, b. 1855, Mich.
  • Jennie, daughter, b. 1863 Mich.

    1893 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Maxwell, Andrew C. - Circuit Judge, Court House, res 817 Adams.
  • Maxwell, Miss Jeannette - bds 817 Adams.
  • Maxwell, Robert Jr., age, bds 817 Adams.

    1896 - Michigan Marriages: Bay City.

  • Date: June 15, 1896.
  • Groom: Andrew C. Maxwell, age 63, b. New York, parents: Robt. Maxwell & Margaret Crosby.
  • Bride: Edna Merrill, age 47, b. Mich., John Reese & Unknown.
  • Official: T.H. McLean, rector.
    Witnesses: Theresa Mann & M.A. Rose.

    1992 - Michigan Historical Collections, Vol. 10.

  • By Melvin A. Root - Hon. Andrew C. Maxwell died at Bay City, Febraury 15, 1902, age 71. He was very prominent in the early days of the Saginaw Valley, and was judge of the circuit court just before his death.
Related Pages/Notes

Judge Andrew C. Maxwell

Judge Samuel Maxwell

Related Pages:
Porter, Edward W.
People Referenced
Crosby, Margaret (mother)
Hart, Sarah M. (1-wife)
Maltz, George L.
Mann, Theresa
Maxwell, Andrew C. (subject)
Maxwell, Jennie (dau.)
Maxwell, Robert (son)
Maxwell, Robert Sr. (father)
Maxwell, Robert Jr. (son)
Maxwell, Samuel (bro)
McLean, T.H. (pastor)
Porter, Edward W.
Reese, Edna (2-wife)
-- aka. Mrs. Merrill
Reese, John
Root, Melvin A.
Rose, M.A.
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Lapeer, MI
Lapeer County, NY
Lower Saginaw, MI
Maxwell Block
MI Legislature
Oakland, MI
Oberlin College
Pompey Hill, NY
Pontiac, MI
White Lake, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.