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Wellington R. Burt was a businessman, politician, and philanthropist who called Saginaw home for nearly 60 years. Diversifying his assets through a variety of business interests, such as lumbering, ore mining, bonds, and railroads, Burt amassed an incredible fortune during his lifetime. Considered to be the wealthiest man in Saginaw at the time of his death, the estate of Wellington R. Burt was of note, both for the amount of its capital in business, property, and cash, as well as because of a unique stipulation in Burt’s will, which instructed the trustees to distribute the bulk of its assets 21 years after the death of his last surviving grandchild. This collection, provided courtesy of the Saginaw County Probate Court, chronicles over 90 years of the trust’s financial growth. It also documents the resulting lawsuits brought by Burt’s legal heirs in the immediate after math of his death, during a 1961 settlement, and upon the distribution of assets on May 31, 2011 by the Honorable Patrick J. McGraw, Chief Judge.

 
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