Samuel T. Douglas
Samuel T. Douglas was Marion Douglas Campbell's father. According to a news story on his death in 1932 "Samuel Townsend
Douglas was born in Ann Arbor, Aug. 2, 1853, the son of Dr. Silas H. and Helen (Welles) Douglas.
"After completing his education in the Ann Arbor public schools, Samuel T. Douglas entered the University of Michigan,
from which he was graduated in 1873. He took post-graduate work in chemistry and also received the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy.
"His attention having been turned toward the law, he began to study in the Detroit offices of Douglas and Bowen. The senior
member of the firm was Judge Samuel T. Douglas, one of Detroit's first circuit judges, and the man for whom the younger Douglas
was named. After his admission to the bar, Mr. Douglas became junior partner in the firm of Douglas, Bowen and Douglas. Judge
Douglas retired from active practice in 1884, when the firm became Bowen, Douglas and Whiting. "Mr. Douglas was
distinguished as a corporation lawyer rather than as a trial lawyer. By reason of his early training he always had a particular
interest in legal cases involving scientific subjects. He was also the first attorney in Detroit to represent medical associations,
a concern that also had its origin in his family history."
The law firm was founded in 1857 by Douglas' uncle, Judge Samuel T. Douglas, his namesake. Judge Douglas was revered among
Michigan lawyers. The Detroit News called him "The father of the Detroit Bar." (The Detroit News, May 11, 1890)
Douglas' partner, Herbert Bowen, joined the firm in 1871. Bowen was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, and came to Detroit
in 1866. He remained with the firm for fifty years until his death in 1921. During his life Bowen was a great friend of the
Detroit Public Library and today there exists the Bowen Branch of that institution, named in his honor, at Vernor and West
The law firm had been known as Bowen, Douglas, Whiting & Murfin. The law firm's address was 80-85 Moffatt
Building from 1902 to 1910. The law firm remained in existence until just recently, when it was disbanded. It was last known
as Moll, Desenberg & Bayer. Its offices were on the 13th floor of 600 Renaissance Center in Detroit. Charles M. Bayer
was senior partner of the firm. Mr. Bayer, a recent President of the Detroit Athletic Club, is now Counsel to the Detroit
firm of Clark Hill. Bayer sails his boat, Old Bear, out of the Bayview Yacht Club. Bayer and his crew saved the crew of the
Tomahawk during a violent storm in the Port Huron to Mackinac race.
"1n 1891 Mr. Douglas was married to Miss Marion Dwight. Their children were D. Dwight Douglas, vice president
of the Detroit Bankers Co., and Mrs. Douglas Campbell of Rathbone Place. Mr. Douglas also had two sisters, Miss Louise Douglas
and Miss Alice Douglas, of Ann Arbor.
"Mr. Douglas was one of the organizers of the Detroit Club, of which he was the first president. He was founder and the only
president of the Grosse Pointe Club, which society is known by its familiar title of the "Little Club." In Detroit he was
also a member of the Yondotega Club and the Detroit Country Club. He was fond of trout fishing, a diversion which led him
to assist in the organization of the Huron Mountain Club, where he owned a cabin.
"For many years he was vice-president of the Washtenaw Gas Co., and also aided in establishing similar companies in Mr.
Clemens, Ypsilanti, Saline and other communities around Detroit. He was one of the original directors of the Detroit Trust
Co., and office which he held at the time of his death.
"Mr. Douglas was also one of the founders of the Central Savings Bank, now part of the First Wayne National Bank.
"He was a member of the Episcopalian Church and the Chi Psi fraternity.
"Always interested in historical matters, Mr. Douglas was at one time president of the local branch of the Society of Colonial
Wars. His great-grandfather was Daniel Douglas, captain of a regiment of Connecticut Volunteers in the Revolutionary War.
The pioneer of his family in the New World was Robert Douglas, born in Scotland in 1639, who married Mary Hempstead, the first
child born in New London, Conn.