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Churchill, Sir John (d. 1685), lawyer, was the eldest son of Jasper Churchill (d. 1649), citizen and cutler of London, and his wife, Alice, and grandson of another Jasper Churchill, husbandman of Bradford Peverell, Dorset. He was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in 1639 and during the civil war he took over the lucrative office of deputy registrar of ...

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Dana, Richard (1700–1772), lawyer and public official in America, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 26 June 1700 to Daniel Dana, a town selectman, and Naomi Croswell. After graduating AB from Harvard College in 1718, he remained in Massachusetts and became a lawyer, practising first in ...

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Dyer, Eliphalet (1721–1807), lawyer and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 14 September 1721 at Windham, Connecticut, the second child, and only son, of Colonel Thomas Dyer (b. 1694), local political leader and shoemaker, and his wife, Lydia Backus. Born into the local oligarchy, ...

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Edwards, (Allen) Clement (1869–1938), trade unionist, barrister, and journalist, was born on 7 June 1869 in Knighton, Radnorshire, the third of seven children born to George Benjamin Edwards, auctioneer, master tailor, and draper, and Sarah Ellen (née Tudge). Both parents came from farming, nonconformist, and radical families in the border areas. ...

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Fitch, Thomas (c. 1700–1774), colonial governor and lawyer in America, was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, the eldest of the four children of Thomas Fitch (c.1665–1731), farmer and local office-holder, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1704?). The Fitch family was one of the most prominent in ...

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Gridley, Jeremiah (1702–1767), lawyer in America, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 10 March 1702, the son of Captain Richard Gridley, a public official and currier, and his wife, Rebecca. Jeremiah graduated AB (1725) and MA (1727) from Harvard College; he was a schoolmaster at ...

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Sir Samuel Walker Griffith (1845–1920) by Crown Studios, Sydney, 1903–11 by permission of the National Library of Australia

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Griffith, Sir Samuel Walker (1845–1920), lawyer and politician in Australia, was born on 21 June 1845 at Merthyr Tudful, Glamorgan, the second son of the Revd Edward Griffith (1819–1891), Congregational minister, and his wife, Mary Walker (d. 1892). Griffith's father then held ministries at ...

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Hawley, Joseph (1723–1788), lawyer and revolutionary leader, was born on 8 October 1723 in Northampton, Massachusetts, the first of two sons of Lieutenant Joseph Hawley (1682–1735), a trader and cattle drover, and Rebecca Stoddard (1686–1766). After attending local schools and being tutored by his first cousin ...

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Hill, Sir (James William) Francis (1899–1980), lawyer and historian, was born at 34 Tentercroft Street, Lincoln, on 15 September 1899, the elder of the two sons of James Hill, an immigrant to Lincolnshire from his native Scotland, and his English wife, Millicent Blinkhorn...