Judge Dan J Arnold, born 17 November 1838 in Gun Plain Twp., was the son-in-law of some of Allegan’s earliest settlers, Mr. & Mrs. Elisha Bourne Bassett. His politics were solidly Republican. In 1861, he received his law degree and was admitted to the bar to practice law in the Washtenaw Circuit initially, and later in the United States in full.
He was elected Circuit Court Commissioner in 1862, Probate Judge in 1864, and again to the Circuit Court from 1875 to 1892. He is listed in the Annual Report of the Auditor General of the State of Michigan for the Year 1877 as “Judge of the 20th Circuit” from 1 Sep 1876 to 31 Aug 1877 , and in the 1881 Michigan Manual as the Circuit Judge for the Twentieth District (covering Allegan & Ottawa Counties).
Judge Arnold’s death on 6 April 1892 removed him from the bench before the close of his term, which was then completed by Judge Hannibal Hart by gubernatorial appointment.
He and his wife had a daughter, Kate, born in Allegan on 16 May 1879 and died in St Petersburg, Florida 1 Sep 1972, who was the wife of Mr. Claud E Firestone; and other children.
- William Jenney, Michigan Manual (Lansing, MI: W. S. George & Co State Printers and Binders, 1883), 473.
- Michigan Auditor General’s Office, Annual Report of the Auditor General of the State of Michigan for the Year 1877 (Lansing, MI: W. S. George & Co State Printers & Binders, 1978), 37.
- William Jenney, Michigan Manual (Lansing, MI: W. S. George & Co State Printers & Binders, 1881), 332-333.
- Henry Franklin Thomas, A Twentieth Century History of Allegan County, Michigan (Allegan: Lewis Publishing Co, 1907), 548.
- Kate A. Firestone, “Obituaries,” Kalamazoo Gazette (2 Sep 1972).