William G. Hammond

William G. Hammond

Position: 

Chancellor of Law

Biographical Information

William G. Hammond came to Iowa in 1860, where he worked as an engineer as well as a lawyer.  In 1866 he published an Iowa case digest and became chief editor of the The Western Jurist.  In 1866, he joined the faculty of the Iowa Law School in Des Moines, and moved with the Iowa Law School to Iowa City.  He served as Principal and later Chancellor of what was then the Law Department of the University of Iowa.

Chancellor Hammond was instrumental in increasing the length of the law school course of instruction from one year to two. He served as Chancellor at Iowa until 1881, when he became Dean of the Law Department of Washington University at St. Louis. He died in 1894.

Publications

Books

William G. Hammond, with Francis Lieber. Legal and Political Hermeneutics, or, Principles of Interpretation and Construction in Law and Politics, with Remarks on Precedents and Authorities. St. Louis: F. H. Thomas and Company, 1880
William G. Hammond, with Thomas Collett Sandars. The Institutes of Justinian: with English introduction, translation, and notes. Chicago: Callaghan, 1876
William G. Hammond. Bailments. Iowa City, Iowa: 1875
William G. Hammond. Synopsis of Lectures Delivered in the Law Department of Iowa State University on Equity Jurisprudence. Iowa City, Iowa: J. Lee, 1875
William G. Hammond. Synopsis of Lectures Delivered in the Law Department of Iowa State University on Equity Jurisprudence: As Administered in the Same Courts with Common Law. Iowa City, Iowa: J. Lee, 1875
William G. Hammond. Synopsis of Elementary Law. Iowa City, Iowa, 1875
William G. Hammond. Synopsis of Lectures Delivered in the Law Department of Iowa State University on the Law of Real Property. Iowa City, Iowa: J. Lee, 1875
William G. Hammond. Synopsis of Lectures on Torts: Delivered in the Law Department of Iowa State University. Iowa City, Iowa: Daily Press Job Printing Office, 1874
William G. Hammond. Digest of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of the State of Iowa: from the close of the year 1859 to the June term 1866. Des Moines: Mills & Co., 1866

Articles

William G. Hammond, "Plan of a Textbook of Law," 17 Iowa L. Rev. 490 (1931-1932)
William G. Hammond, "Law and Ethics," 13 St. Louis L. Rev. 246 (1927-1928)
William G. Hammond, "Short Studies in the Early Common Law," 4 Green Bag 283 (1892)
William G. Hammond, "Short Studies in the Early Common Law," 2 Green Bag 257 (1890)
William G. Hammond, “Legal Education and the Study of Jurisprudence in the West and North-west,” Published for the American Social Science Association, 1876
William G. Hammond et al., "Law Department of the Iowa State University," 8 W. Jurist 142 (1874)

Reports

William G. Hammond, with Wm. H. Seevers, and Wm. J. Knight. Report of Commissioners to revise the statutes of the state of Iowa : made to the governor of the state, in accordance with chapter seventy-five, acts of 13th General Assembly. Des Moines : G.W. Edwards, 1871