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Hershcel Harrison Hatch (1837-1920)
Biographical History.

1883 Biography. - (Added Feb., 2012)

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883.


of Bay City, member of Congress from the Tenth Congressional District, was born in Morrisville, Madison Co., N. Y., February 17, 1837. The experience of his early life were similar to those of the average American youth of that day. He was naturally studious and ambitious, and received the best education a boy could secure from the public schools of his native village and from the instruction of his father. When he came to decide upon a life pursuit, he chose the law and was admitted to the law department of Hamilton College, from which he graduated in 1859. He then opened an office and began the practice of law in his native village, where he remained until 1868. In March o that year he came to Bay City, and the same month became associated with Isaac Marston in the practice of law. The next year James Birney was admitted to the firm, which then became Birney, Marston & Hatch. In about a year Mr. Birney retired, and the firm of Marston & Hatch continued, and was recognized as one of the leading law firms in the state. This firm was dissolved as by the election of Mr. Marston to the Supreme Court in 1875. Mr. Hatch was one of the first aldermaen of Bay City, being elected to that position on te incorporation of the city in 1865. In the fall of 1868 he was elected judge of probate of Bay county, and held the office until 1872. In 1874, the Legislature having directed Gov. Bagley to appoint a commission to revise and amdend the constitution, and Mr. Hatch having gained a state reputation as a lawyer, he was selected by Gov. Bagley as one of the eighteen commissioners to perform the work, Gov. Jerome being his colleague from the Saginaw district. In 1881 he was one of the five commissioners appointed by the Governor, under the bill passed by the Legislature to revise the tax laws of Michigan. The present tax law is the work of that commission, of which Mr. Hatch was a leading and influential member. He has held various other positions of trust and influence, and especially in educational matters he has always taken an active interest and has done much toward their advancement. While Mr. Hatch has been almost continuously in public service, he has never been considered a politician in the commonly accepted meaning of that term. His ambition and energies have been directed to his profession, in which he is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Michigan, and has been associated with some of the most important cases that have arisen in this part of the state. He is a man of great energy, and is a hard worker, both as a student and practitioner. He possess many marked characteristics, prominent among which are decision of Character, and directness of speech and action. In the Fall of 1882 he receive the nomination of Representative in Congress, from the Republicans of the Tenth District, and ws elected by a majority as surprising large as it was satisfactory to himself and political friends. He was married in June, 1864, at Morrisville, N. Y., to Miss Ellan E. Houghton, of that place. They have four children. Their family residence is on the corner of Tenth and Washington Streets.

1914, Business Bio., includes son, Charles H. (Added Oct., 2008)

The Book of Detroiters, by Albert Nelson Marquis (1914)

Hershcel Harrison Hatch

HATCH, Herschel Harrison, retired; born, Morrisville, N. Y., Feb. 17, 1837; son of Julius Wells and Harriet (Bicknell) Hatch; educated in academy in New York; studied law at Hamilton College Law School, Clinton, N. Y., under Professor Theodore W. Dwight, graduating, L.L.B., Dec., 1857; married at Morrisville, N. Y., June 21, 1864, Eliza E. Houghton; 5 children: Charles H.*, Ellen L., Alice (Mrs. Clayton R. Taylor, of Pasadena, Cal.), Jessie A. (deceased), Frank A. Began practice at Morrisville, Feb., 1858; removed to Bay City, Mich., 1863; member of firm of Marston & Hatch, Bay City, 1863-74, Hatch & Cooley, Bay City, for more than twenty years; practiced in Detroit, 1895-1911 (retired). Member Board of Education, Bay City, for many years; member first Common Council, Bay City, 1865; judge of probate, Bay County; member Constitutional Commission of Michigan, 1873; member commission to revise tax laws, 1882; member of Congress, 1883-5. Member Detroit and Michigan State Bar associations. Residence: 24 Euclid Ave.


* HATCH, Charles H., lawyer; born, Bay City, Mich., Nov. 22, 1866, son of Herschel H. and Eliza E. Houghton) Hatch; educated in Bay City public schools, graduating from the high school, 1884, and University of Michigan, degree of B.S., 1888; married at New Haven, Conn., Jan. 4, 1894, Katy H. Gower; children: Melville H., Alfred G. Began practice at Bay City, 1891; moved to Detroit, July 1895; has been associated with H. B. Graves since 1899. Director City Lumber Co., Central Electric Co. Member Association Bar City of Detroit, Lawyer's Club. Republican. Club: University. Recreation: reading. Office: Hammond Bldg. Residence: 99 Delaware Ave.

1920 Bio., Library of Congress. (Added Jun., 2005)

Library of Congress Biography

HATCH, Herschel Harrison, a Representative from Michigan;
born in Morrisville, Madison County, N.Y., February 17, 1837;
attended the common schools and was graduated from Hamilton College Law School, Clinton, N.Y., in 1857;
was admitted to the bar and practiced in Morrisville, N.Y., 1858-1863;
moved to Bay City, Mich.;
elected alderman of Bay City at its first organization in 1865;
judge of probate of Bay County 1868-1872;
member of the constitutional commission of Michigan in 1873;
member of the tax commission in 1881;
elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885);
declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884;
resumed the practice of law;
moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1895 and practiced law until 1910, when he retired;
died in Detroit, Mich., November 30, 1920;
interment in Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, Mich.

1924, Michigan Bio. (Added Jun., 2005)

Michigan Biographies
Michigan Historical Commission - 1924 (Page 381)


Member of the Constitutional Commission of Michigan in 1873;
and member of Congress, 1883-5. Was born at Morrisville, N. Y., Feb. 17, 1837. He received common school training until 1856, when he entered the law school at Hamilton College, N. Y. He graduated in 1859, and was at once admitted to the bar. He practiced law in his native county until 1863, when he removed to Bay City, where he resided, and actively followed the practice of his profession. He was elected a member of the first Board of Aldermen of Bay City, elected Judge of Probate of Bay County in 1868; and member of the Law Commission of Michigan in 1881. In 1882 after the 347th ballot and a deadlock of three days he was nominated for Congress. He was elected Representative to the Forty-eight Congress upon the Republican ticket. He moved to Detroit where he died Nov. 30, 1920.

Additional Notes.

    1870 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Hatch, Herschel b. 1838, New York.
  • Eliza, wife b. 1840, New York.
  • Julius, father - b. 1801, New York.
  • Harriet, mother - b. 1816, New York.
  • Haughton, Mary, (?) - b. 1844, New York.
  • Charlie, son b. 1866, Mich.
  • Hellen, daughter b. 1868, Mich.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Hatch, Herschel H. - b. 1837, New York lawyer.
  • Eliza E., wife b. 1839, New York.
  • Chester, son b. 1867, Mich.
  • Helen L., daughter b. 1869, Mich.
  • Alice E., daughter b. 1871, Mich.
  • Jesse A., daughter b. 1876, Mich.
  • Frank, son b. 1878, Mich.
  • Julius W., father b. 1801, New York.
  • Harriet B., mother b. 1811, NewYork.

    1896 The American Lawyer, Vol. 4.

  • Detroit, Mich. - Herschel H. Hatch, Charles H. Hatch and Charles W. Chapman have formed a partnership under the firm name of Hatch, Hatch and Chapman.
Related Note & Pages

Herschel H. Hatch

Related Pages:
Hatch, Charles H. son
Birney, James
Marston, Isaac
People Referenced
Bagley, Gov.
Bicknell, Harriet (mother)
Birney, James
Dwight, Theo. W. Prof.
Gower, Katy H. (dau. inlaw)
Graves, H. B.
Hatch, Alfred G. (g-son)
Hatch, Alice (dua.)
Hatch, Charles H. (son)
Hatch, Ellen L. (dau.)
Hatch, Frank A. (son)
Hatch, Jesse A. (son)
Hatch, Julius W. (father)
Hatch, Melville H. (g-son)
Jerome, Gov.
Houghton, Eliza E. (wife)
Marston, Isaac
Taylor, Clayton R. (son-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay City Common Council
Bay City Bd. Education
Bay Co., MI
Bay Co. Probate judge
Birney, Marston & Hatch
Clinton, NY
Detroit, MI
Detroit: Central Electric Co.
Detroit: City Lumber Co.
Elm Lawn cemetery
Hamilton college Law Sch., NY
Hatch & Cooley law firm
Constutional Comm. of MI
Hamiton College, NY
Law commission of MI
Madison Co., NY
Marston & Hatch law firm
Morrisville, NY
Pasadena, CA
Probate judge
Representative Congress
Saginaw, MI
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