Chester Garfield Vernier


Chester Garfield Vernier



Chester Garfield Vernier was born on February 19, 1881, in tiny Ansonia, Ohio, just east of the Indiana border. Although an Ohio resident, he attended High School in Liberty, Indiana. He then attended Butler College in Indianapolis, and received his B.A. there in 1903. He received his J. D. from the University of Chicago in 1907. He then served as an instructor at the Indiana University School of Law during the 1907-08 academic year, before joining the faculty of the University of Nebraska College of Law during 1908-09. Vernier returned to the Indiana University School of Law as a Professor of Law in 1909-10 and stayed until 1911. He then spent six years at the University of Illinois College of Law, before joining the faculty at Stanford University School of Law in 1917. He remained at Stanford until his retirement in 1946.

Vernier was known as a “scholar of first rank.” He was one of the founders of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology and was the associate editor of its Journal for more than 20 years. In 1912, he published Cases on Marriage and Divorce: Selected from Decisions of English and American Courts (West Publishing). Vernier's most well known publication was his six-volume treatise, often referred to as the definitive work on the subject, American Family Laws (1931-1937). Vernier died in 1949.


Indiana University Maurer School of Law Faculty, Stanford University School of Law Faculty


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Download Obituary, 1 Stanford Law Review vi (1949) (277 KB)

Chester Garfield Vernier