The appointment of Macomb County's David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court raises the question, "When was the last time a Macomb County lawyer was elevated to the state's highest court?" Best guess, after checking out the terrific new Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society website, is 69 years. Neil Reid, a Macomb County probate judge, came to the bench in 1944, defeating incumbent, Bert Chandler. Reid served 12 years, including a stint as Chief Justice, dying in office in 1956 at age 73. His term overlapped briefly with another Macomb County Justice -- Howard Wiest -- who died in office in 1945. From the information on the Society's website it appears that there have been only three Justices who came to the bench from Macomb County. The third Supreme Court justice from Macomb County is Franz Kuhn, who served from 1912 until 1919. All three were affiliated with the Republican Party.
Update: an earlier version of this post included information from the MSCHS website that Neil was the first Justice to defeat an incumbent. Crack MSC historian Tim Baughman rebutted: "Cooley was defeated in 1885 by Allen Morse."
Portrait: Justice Neil Reid. Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society