Judge Solomon Lewis Withey
Solomon Lewis Withey- Born 1820, Died 1886. He was the son of Solomon Withey who was another inportant person in the early history of Grand Rapids Michigan.
On March 12th in 1863, Solomon Lewis Withey was appointed Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan at the hand of President Abraham Lincoln. He Held this position until 1886. In 1869 he was tendered, by President Grant, the United States Circuit Judgeship, but because of the sacrifices of which this higher honor would involve he declined it. 
The biography information comes from the books above and I'll site the sources later

Website design by Lee Withey
On March 12, 2013, the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan presented "Thank God for Michigan," a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Western District of Michigan. Over 380 people attended the event at the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. I was invited to this event by Attorney David Gass. I had to decline do to other obligations. I would have been seated at the head table. Solomon Lewis Withey was my Great, Great Grandfather.
The Journal of The Historical Society of The United States District Court For The Western District of Michigan. Our First District Judge and The Civil War. By David J. Gass
This painting of Judge Solomon Withey was taken from the wall of the Grand Rapids, Kent County Court Room for this event.
Below- Judge Solomon Withey's father- Sheriff Solomon Withey 
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Welcome to the Judge Solomon Lewis Withey Page
This is Information concerning my 2nd Great Grandfather Judge Solomon Lewis Withey.

At the bottom of this page is a story "It Almost Happened, A Hanging at Campau Square" This concerns Sheriff Solomon Withey, the father of Judge Solomon.

At the bottom of the page is an image of Silas Withey's will dated April-9th 1822, Silas Withey was the father of Sheriff Solomon Withey.
The will of Silas Withey, father of Solomon and grandfather of Judge Solomon Lewis. Dated 9-April-1822 
193 years ago, April 9th 1822, Silas Withey my 4th great grandfather wrote his will and signed it in the presence of William Burton and Seth Wetmore. His son was Solomon who was the father of Judge Solomon who was the father of Charles Shepard Withey my great grandfather. Silas was born in N.Y. March 1751 and died on July 18th 1836 in VT.

Judge Solomon Lewis Withey