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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Alexander Buckner, U.S. Senator (1785 - 1833)
    Alexander Buckner, a Senator from Missouri; born in Jefferson County, Ky., in 1785; studied law; moved to Charleston, Clark County, Ind., in 1812; moved to Missouri in 1818 and settled near Jackson, Ca...
  • Charles F. Adams Sr., US Congress, Ambassador (1807 - 1886)
    Charles Francis Adams, Sr. (August 18, 1807-November 21, 1886), a lifelong Unitarian, was an antislavery politician who later opposed radical reconstruction of the South. As ambassador to Britain durin...
  • Joseph Maj. Delafield (1790 - 1875)
    Alumnus of Yale 1808, Admitted to the practice of law in the supreme court of NY in 1811. Owner of Fieldston Noted mineralogist 1820- President of Lyceum of Natural History in New York Founder of New...
  • James F. Dowdell, US Congress (1818 - 1871)
    James Ferguson Dowdell James Ferguson Dowdell (November 26, 1818 – September 6, 1871) was the second President of the East Alabama College, now known as Auburn University, from 1868 to 1870, a...
  • Charles Francis Choate, III (1893 - 1930)
    ----- Updated from Ancestry Genealogy via sister Josephine Burnett Choate by SmartCopy : Jun 30 2015, 20:26:46 UTC Find A Grave Memorial# 111092575

'The justice system in the United States is one of the most unique in the world. It consists of two separate levels of courts, state and federal, that can peacefully co-exist under the concept of federalism . The type of court that a case is tried in depends on the law, state or federal, that was allegedly violated. Most of the laws that govern our day-to-day living are state laws; violations of federal law include offenses involving federal government employees, crimes committed across state lines (for example, kidnapping or evading arrest), and fraud involving the national government (such as income tax or postal fraud).

Was your ancestor an attorney? prosecutor? justice of the peace? judge? If so, he (or she) helped to maintain this unique system that guarantees our civil liberties, our right to a trial, the belief that we are innocent until proven guilty.

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