The murder trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet, his wife Gladys, and nine others was one of the most celebrated cases in Detroit's legal history. The Honorable Frank Murphy
, a future Michigan governor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice, presided, and eminent attorney Clarence Darrow defended, The trial ended in a hung jury with the judge declaring a mistrial. Sweet's brother Henry was tried separately and acquitted. After the trial, Ossian returned to the medical practice he had started in 1921 following graduation from Howard University in Washington D.C., and study in Vienna, Austria. His wife and daughter died of tuberculosis in 1926. In 1929 Swet co-founded Good Samaritan Hospital which became a tuberculosis hospital in 1936. Ossian Sweet lived in this house until 1944. He died in 1960.