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Annual Report - Colorado Bar Association


Annual Report - Colorado Bar Association

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Excerpt from book: ADDRESS MOSES HALLETT, JUDGE OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR COLORADO. THE PRIVATE CORPORATION IN SOCIOLOGY. The state of Colorado, thirty-eighth in numerical order of the great family of states, entered the Union towards the close of the Centennial year. In less than twenty-three years of state sovereignty she has given birth to more than 19,000 corporations. We shall not be too considerate of the reputation of our commonwealth in saying that it is neither the first nor the last in point of corporate fecundity among the states of the Union. From all that appears in the public prints, there must be several states on and near the Atlantic seaboard which in this respect far outrun everybody in the West. Has any one essayed to count the corporate lives of the Empire state, or of its amiable little neighbor, New Jersey, which stands at its foot, a commercial offshoot of the great American city? Not many years back a writer for the press referred to the state of West Virginia as "at present the snug harbor of roaming and piratical corporations," and the president of the State liar Association, in an address to his brethren, accepted the suggestion with becoming humility. In the absence of statistics it is not easy to estimate the whole number of corporations in the United States, but all will agree that the number is very large. They resemble other office-holders in that "few die, and none resign." Ten years ago the Court of Appeals of New York decided that a franchise may survive the corporation to which it is granted, and we all know by what easy trans-substantiation the life of one corporation may be put into another corporation. However the corporations may come andgo, they do not die. If for some time they slumber in the grave, they do not moulder, as did John ...  
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