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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Edward Morehouse Avery (1819 - 1906)
    Edward Morehouse Avery was the son of Captain Samuel Avery and Lorinda Morehouse. A graduate of Yale University, he studied law in Wooster, OH, with his uncle, Judge Edward Avery. On 14 July 1847, he m...
  • Brig. General St. Julien Ravenel Marshall (USMC) (deceased)
    The former chief of the Disciplinary Branch of the United States Marine Corps, he died on March 24, 1989 at his home in Arlington, Virginia. The senior surviving descendant to John Marshall, in 198...
  • John Hemphill, U.S. Senator (1803 - 1862)
    Find a Grave: ) John Hemphill (December 18, 1803 – January 4, 1862) was Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and a United States Senator. Early life Hemphill's father, Rev. John Hem...
  • Brig. General James "Stonewall Jim" Walker (CSA) (1832 - 1901)
    James Alexander Walker (August 27, 1832 – October 21, 1901) was a Virginia lawyer, politician, and Confederate general during the American Civil War, later serving as a United States Congressm...
  • Col. George Smith Patton, Sr. (CSA) (1833 - 1864)
    Note: Col. Patton is the grandfather of his namesake, General George S. Patton, III, of WWII fame. George Smith Patton (1833–1864), was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, graduated from Virgi...

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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