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Benjamin, Judah Philip (1811–1884), barrister and politician in the United States of America, was born on 11 August 1811. His parents, Philip and Rebecca Benjamin, London shopkeepers, were Sephardic Jews of British nationality, who, in 1807, sailed from England to make their home across the ...

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Bordley, Thomas (c. 1683–1726), lawyer and politician in America, was born in the parish of St Hilda, South Shields, co. Durham, the youngest son among the four children of the Revd Stephen Bordley (d. 1695), vicar of St Hilda's, and his wife, ...

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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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DeLancey, James (1703–1760), politician and lawyer in America, was born in New York city on 27 November 1703. He was the son of Stephen DeLancey (1663–1741), a French Huguenot who emigrated to New York in 1686 and in 1700 married Anne Van Cortlandt (...

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Dulany, Daniel (1685–1753), lawyer and politician in America, was born in Queen's county, Ireland, one of three sons of Thomas Dulany. He attended the University of Dublin, but after his father's remarriage the family could no longer afford his tuition. Dulany and his two brothers emigrated to ...

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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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Hamilton, Andrew (c. 1676–1741), politician and lawyer in America, was born in Scotland and migrated to Accomac county, Virginia, about 1698. Hamilton possibly served as an indentured servant to Captain Isaac Foxcroft, and later became sole executor of the Foxcroft estate after the death of his former master's widow. From this time ...

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Holloway, John (1666?–1734), lawyer and politician in America, was born in England. Having emigrated to America about 1700 Holloway typified a narrowing group of men who achieved positions of power and influence in early eighteenth-century Virginia without the benefit of family background, status, or inherited wealth. Little is known of his early years, although he may have been attracted to ...

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Hooper, Henry (c. 1687–1767), planter, lawyer, and politician in America, was born in Dorchester county, Maryland, the son of Henry Hooper (c.1643–1720), planter and politician, and his second wife, Mary (1663–1740), daughter of Roger Woolford. A third-generation Marylander, Hooper was a member of a prominent eastern shore family and a man of considerable influence. While little is known about his early life and formal education, he was a practising member of the ...

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Johnson, William Samuel (1727–1819), lawyer and politician in America, was born on 7 October 1727 in Stratford, Connecticut, to the Revd Samuel Johnson (1696–1772), the Church of England clergyman and president of King's College (later Columbia University), and Charity Floyd Nicholl (d...

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Kinsey, John (1693–1750), politician and lawyer, was born in Philadelphia, the son of John Kinsey, politician and Quaker minister, and Sarah, née Stevens. Kinsey probably attended Philadelphia's Friends' public school until the family moved to Woodbridge, New Jersey, about 1703. Kinsey then began an apprenticeship with a joiner in ...

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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 ...

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Lloyd, David (1656–1731), lawyer and politician in America, was born at Manafon, Montgomeryshire, the son of Thomas Lloyd (1640–1694). Having left grammar school in the 1670s he trained under the infamous George Jeffreys. From the 1680s he was legal adviser to William Penn...

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Lowndes, Rawlins (c. 1721–1800), lawyer and revolutionary politician in America, was born on the island of St Kitts in the British West Indies, the youngest of three sons of Charles Lowndes (d. 1736) and his wife, Ruth, née Rawlins (d. 1763)...

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Paca, William (1740–1799), lawyer and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 31 October 1740 at his father's plantation on the Bush River near Abingdon in Baltimore (later Harford) county, Maryland, the third child and second son of John Paca (c.1712–1785)...

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Paine, Robert Treat (1731–1814), lawyer and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 11 March 1731 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Paine (d. 1757), merchant and clergyman, and his wife, Eunice Treat, a member of the established and prominent New England...

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Pinckney, Charles (1732–1782), lawyer and politician in America, was born on 7 March 1732 in Charles Town, South Carolina, the son of William Pinckney (1704–1766), a merchant and public official, and Ruth Brewton (1704–1770). For much of his childhood, he lived with his uncle, ...

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Randolph, Sir John (1693–1737), lawyer and politician in America, was born on Turkey Island plantation on the James River, Virginia, the son of William Randolph (1650–1711), colonist and planter, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Henry Isham, of Bermuda Hundred, a neighbouring plantation. Before travelling to ...

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Ross, George (1730–1779), lawyer and revolutionary politician, in America, was born on 10 May 1730 at New Castle, Delaware, the son of the Revd George Ross (1679–1755), Anglican rector of Immanuel Church, and his second wife, Catherine Van Gezel (b. 1681). The ...

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Rutledge, Andrew (c. 1709–1755), lawyer and politician in America, was descended from the Rutledges of Ireland, where it is believed his father owned and operated a farm in co. Cavan, in Ballymagied near Baronlog. The names of his parents and exact location of ...