A History of the American Bar A History of the American Bar
By Charles Warren
1999/10 - Beard Books
1893122263 - Paperback - Reprint -  602 pp.

A fascinating look at the great lawyers, the rise of bar associations, and the role of law in early American history.

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Categories: History | Law

This title is part of the Legal History list.

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This volume gives a fascinating historical insight to the men who composed the American Bar of the past and to the influences that produced the great American lawyers. Part One covers the legal situation in the American colonies, including the status of the common law as applied by courts, composition of the courts, descriptions of the leading lawyers, legislation on the legal profession, the education of lawyers, and an account of the Colonial Bar Associations. Part Two portrays the growth of the American Bar from the foundation of the United States Supreme Court to the opening of the Civil War. Leading cases before the Supreme Court are offered as striking events in legal history. The book describes the lawyers who argued those cases and the manner of argument. All those who would like to know the role of the American Bar in American history will be engrossed by this work.

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Charles Warren was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 9, 1869 to Hon. Winslow and Mary Lincoln.  He received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1889, and his LL.D from Columbia University in 1933.  He was admitted to bar in 1892 and practiced at Boston.  He became a private secretary to Gov. William E. Russell in 1893; Associate in Gov. Russell's law practice until Russell's death in 1896.  He then became a senior member of Warren and Perry, Boston (1897-1914); chairman of the Civil Service Commission (1905-11); assistant attorney general of the United States, Washington (1914-18).  He was appointed special master by U.S. Supreme Court in case of New Mexico vs. Texas in 1924, and a lot of such cases.  Academically, he was Stafford Little lecturer in Princeton (1924), University of Rochester Cutler lecturer on Constitution (1927), Boston University Law School Bacon Lecturer on Constitution (1928); James Schouler lecturer on history, John Hopkins (1928); William H. White lecturer on jurisprudence, University of Virginia (1932); Julius Rosenthal Foundation lecturer on law, Northwestern University Law School (1934); Norman Wilt Harris lecturer on neutrality, University of Chicago (1936); Frank Irvine lecturer, Cornell University (1937); Cutler lecturer on Constitution, College of William and Mary (1940).

He was appointed by President Roosevelt as American  member of the. Trail Smelter Arbitral Tribunal, 1937 (final decision filed 1941) and other similar positions. He was an officer and member of several organization (Board of Overseers, Harvard College, Harvard Alumni Association, Conservatory of Music, Massachusetts Historical Society, American Society on International Law, National Institute of Arts and Letters, American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Philosophical Society). 

He died August 16, 1954.

Other Beard Books by Charles Warren

PART I: Colonial Bar
Preface v
The First American Address to Lawyers  ix
Introductory: Law Without Lawyers 3
Chapter I English Law, Law Books and Lawyers in the Seventeenth Century  19
Chapter II The Colonial Bar of Virginia and Maryland  39
Virginia 39
Maryland 49
Chapter III Colonial Massachusetts Bar  59
Chapter IV Colonial New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar  90
New York  90
Pennsylvania  101
New Jersey  111
Chapter V The Colonial Southern Bar 118
South Carolina  118
North Carolina  122
Georgia  125
Chapter VI New England Colonial Bar 128
Connecticut  128
New Hampshire 134
Maine 139
Rhode Island  140
Chapter VII The Law and Lawyers in England in the Eighteenth Century  146
Chapter VIII  A Colonial Lawyer's Education 157
Chapter IX Early American Barristers and Bar Associations 188
PART II: Federal Bar
Chapter X Prejudices Against Law and Lawyers 211
Chapter XI The Federal Bar and Law, 1789-1815 240
Chapter XII Early State Bars of New York and New England  292

New York 

Massachusetts  304
New Hampshire  319
Vermont  321
Connecticut 322
Chapter XIII Early American Law Books  325
Chapter XIV  Early Law Professorships and Schools  341
Chapter XV The Federal Bar and the Law, 1815-1830  366
Chapter XVI The Federal Bar and Law, 1830-1860  408
Chapter XVII The Progress of the Law, 1830-1860  446
Chapter XVIII The Rise of Railroad and Corporation Law  475
Chapter XIX The Era of Codes, 1820-1860 508
Chapter XX  American Law Books, 1815-1910  540
Appendix  563
Index 567

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