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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Harry H. Mansbach (c.1911 - 2002)
    Harry Hirsch Mansbach Harry H. Mansbach , prominent philanthropist, attorney, and former owner of The Hub, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 1, 2002, at his home in Norfolk. He was 91. Harry Mansbach...
  • Qtr. Mr. Michael Frederick Swartzcope (1820 - 1901)
    Son of Joseph Swartzcope & Catherine Anna Broixdam. Joseph was born in Bohemia and was a weaver. He served as a soldier under Napoleon and was wounded at the battle of Austerlitz. He and Catherine were...
  • Maj. Andrew J. Kuykendall, U.S. Congress (1815 - 1891)
    Andrew Jackson Kuykendall (March 3, 1815 – May 11, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois. Born in Gallatin County, Illinois, Kuykendall completed preparatory studies and later studied law. ...
  • Captain Nathaniel G. S. Hart (c.1784 - 1813)
    Nathaniel Gray Smith Hart (c. 1784 – January 23, 1813), often Nathaniel G. S. Hart was a prominent well-connected Kentucky lawyer who, as Captain of the Lexington Light Infantry during the War of 181...
  • Lieut. Richard Stanley Tuthill (1841 - 1920)
    From the Chicago Daily Tribune, Monday, April 12, 1920: TUTHILL -- Judge Richard S. Tuthill, at his residence, 1310 Lake st., Evanston, Saturday, April 10, 1920. Funeral Monday at 3:30 p.m. from St. ...

'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.

Please add your ancestors to this project!