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Bio

Isaiah Leo Sharfman
The Michigan Alumnus 75-85

Isaiah Leo Sharfman, who becomes Junior Professor of Political Economy, was born February 19, 1886, at Polonoya, in southern Russia.

He came to Boston, Mass., when eight years old, and his education has been received almost entirely in this country. He attended the public primary and grammar schools in Boston, and was graduated from the Boston Latin School. He then entered Harvard University, receiving the A.B. degree in
1907, and three years later, the degree of LL.B. from the Harvard Law School.

During 1905-1906 he was instructor in Commercial Correspondence and Commercial Arithmetic at Burdett College, Boston, and from 1908 to
1910 he was assistant in Economics at Harvard.

Professor Sharfman was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1909, and was engaged in general law practice in Boston for the year 1909-1910. In 1911 he was also admitted to practice in the United States Court for China. The next two years he spent in China as Professor of Law and Political Science in the Imperial 
Pei-Yang University, Tientsin.

Returning to this country in 1912, he became Chief Investigator for the Department on Regulation of Interstate and Municipal Utilities, of the National Civic Federation of New York, and in February of the following year was called to the University as lec
turer in Political Economy and instructor in Contracts, during the illness of Professor Knowlton.

Professor Sharfman is the author of a booklet, 
 "Economics," (Part one, dealing with the Nature and Scope of Economics, and The Consumption of Wealth,) and of a pamphlet entitled "Summary of the Law of Sales." Both of these were published in Tientsin. He was also chief investigator, in collaboration with William D. Kerr, a public service lawyer of Chicago, as editor and Bruce Wyman, Professor of Law in 
Harvard University, as counsel, in the preparation of a "Compilation and
 Analysis of Laws on Commission Regulation of Public Utilities," published
 by the National Civic Federation, and now in press.

On July 7, 1910, he was married to Miss Minnie Shikes at Dorchester, Mass., and has two children, Nelson Ames, born July 7, 1911, at Peitaiho, China, and Warren Leonard, born November 10, 1912, at Dorchester, Mass.