A Biographical Note
EDWARD S. CORWIN, historian of the Constitution, was born of old New England stock near Plymouth, Michigan, in 1878. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1900 and winning his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 1905, he was called to Princeton by Woodrow Wilson in 1905 as one of the original group of preceptors, so many of whom went on to fame as teachers and scholars. Professor Corwin taught at Princeton until his retirement in 1946. Princeton men around the world remember fondly the "rugged but excellent" course in Constitutional Interpretation taught by the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence.
If Professor Corwin left an indelible mark on Princeton, he has left one far more indelible and influential on the theory and practice of government in the United States. American constitutional law--not just the law taught by professors, but the law debated by Senators and proclaimed by judges--has never been quite the same since first he took his incisive pen in hand. The President's Removal Power under the Constitution ( 1927), The Twilight of the Supreme Court ( 1934), The Commerce Power versus States' Rights ( 1936), Court over Constitution