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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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Dudley, Paul (1675–1751), politician and judge in America, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, on 3 September 1675, the fourth of thirteen children of Massachusetts governor Joseph Dudley (1647–1720) and Rebecca Tyng (1651–1722). He graduated from Harvard College in 1690 after his father had been briefly imprisoned and ousted for his role in the dominion of ...

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Duff, Sir Lyman Poore (1865–1955), judge in Canada, was born on 7 January 1865 at Parker Street, Meaford, Grey county, Upper Canada (Ontario), the second son of the Revd Charles Duff (d. 1905) and his wife, Isabella Johnson (d. 1902). His father, the son of a stone carver from ...

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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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Foster, Charles James (1818–1896), jurist, was the fourth son of Richard Foster, a nonconformist brewer, of Cambridge. He received his early schooling under Cyrus Edmunds at Cambridge before going on to University College, London. After obtaining an MA in political economy, he proceeded to the degree of bachelor of laws in 1842, at the same time winning the university law scholarship. In 1849 he received the degree of LLD. Admitted to ...

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John Glaister (1856–1932) by William Somerville Shanks, 1917 © reserved / Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

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Glaister, John (1856–1932), expert in medical jurisprudence and public health, was born on 9 March 1856 in the county town of Lanark, the eldest of four children born to Joseph Glaister (1830–1871) and Marion Hamilton Weir (1832–1871), small property owners, grocers, and spirit merchants. ...

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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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Hewitt, Cecil Rolph [pseud. C. H. Rolph] (1901–1994), police officer and writer, was born on 23 August 1901 at 28 Ilfracombe Buildings, Southwark, London, the middle child of the three sons of Frederick Thompson Hewitt (b. 1869), a City of London...

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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...

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Huntington, Samuel (1731–1796), lawyer and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 5 July 1731 in the ‘Scotland society’ of Windham, Connecticut, the second son and fourth child of nine born to Nathaniel Huntington (1691–1767), farmer and tailor, and Mehetable Thurston (1700–1781)...

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Law, Jonathan (1674–1750), colonial governor and lawyer in America, was born on 6 August 1674 in Milford, Connecticut, the only child of Jonathan Law (1637–1712), farmer and local office-holder, and his wife, Sarah (1644–1706), daughter of Deacon George Clark of Milford and his wife, ...

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Lechford, Thomas (d. in or after 1642), author and lawyer, was possibly a descendant of Henry Lechford (d. 1567) of Surrey, although his parents and place of birth are unknown. He was trained in law and was a member of Clement's Inn...

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Leonard, Daniel (1740–1829), lawyer and politician in America and public official in Bermuda, was born in Norton, Massachusetts, on 29 May 1740, the only son of Colonel Ephraim Leonard and his wife, Judith Perkins. His father's militia office qualified Daniel to rank third in the ...