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Photos of the celebration by Dianne Carroll Photography
A booklet produced by the U.S. Courts Library for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Challenge Coin
Our First District Judge and the Civil War, by David J. Gass.
"Withey was our first district court judge. On March 12, 1863, President Lincoln nomitated him, when he was a 42-year-old Grand Rapids lawyer, as U.S. district judge for the newley-created Western Distdrict of Michigan. This occurred at the midpoint of the Civil War and at the low point of the Union's prospects for victory." More

Thank God for Michigan

"Thank God for Michigan" video presentation
During the evening's reception and dinner, a selection of photographs from Grand Rapids' early decades was projected on two large screens showing what the city was like during Solomon Withey's time. The images are divided into three separate presentations:  The Early Years, The Civil War Years and Peace and ProsperityMore
The Early Years
The Civil War Years
Peace and Prosperity