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DRAKE, Joseph Horace

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  • Date of Birth: May 18, 1860
  • Born City: Lebanon
  • Born State/Country: OH
  • Parents: Isaac Lincoln & Sarah Evans D.
  • Date of Death: August 04, 1947
  • Death City: Ann Arbor
  • Death State/Country: MI
  • Married: Maude Elizabeth Merritt, 20 June 1894.
  • Education:

    A.B. U. Michigan, 1885; Ph.D., 1900; LL.B., 1902; study at Jena & Munich, 1890-2; Greifswald, 1899.

  • Dissertation:

    “The Principales of the Early Empire” (Michigan, 1900); printed Michigan University Studies, Humanistic Ser. 1 (1904) 261-332.

  • Professional Experience:

    Princ. Battle Creek (MI) HS, 1885-8; asst. prof. Lat. U. Michigan, 1890-1900; jr. prof. Lat. & Roman law, 1900-2; prof. Roman law, 1902-7; prof, law, 1907-30.

  • Publications:

    T. Macci Plauti Menaechmi (trans.) (Boston, 1890); Elisha Jones, Exercises in Latin Prose Composition (rev. by Drake) (Chicago, 1897); “Lectures on the History of Roman Law,” U. of Michigan Law Lectures 1 (1898-1902) 1-34; Jones, First Lessons in Latin, rev. Drake (Chicago, 1901); Rudolf Stammler, Fundamental Tendencies in Modern Jurisprudence (first published in Michigan Law Review) (Ann Arbor, 1923); Christian Wolf, Ius gentium methodo scientifica pertractatum (trans.) (Oxford, 1934).

  • Notes:

    Joseph H. Drake began his career as a classicist, translating Plautus and revising Elisha Jones' popular texts keyed to the grammars of Allen & Greenough, Gildersleeve & Lodge, and others. After receiving his Ph.D. at the age of 40 he turned his interest to law, in which his principal contributions were translations of the works of Wolff and Stammler. He taught an important course in Roman law at Michigan for a quarter-century and published significant articles in legal journals.

  • Sources:

    NYTimes (6 Aug. 1947) 23; WhAm 2:162.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.