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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Claire McCaskill, U.S. Senator
    Claire Conner McCaskill (/məˈkæskəl/; born July 24, 1953) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who serves as the senior United States Senator from Missouri. The first woman el...
  • William Henry Bliss (1844 - 1932)
    Note; He is a Hawkins descendant and the son of a US Congressman. William Henry Henry Bliss- Born 7 Oct 1844 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Died 5 May 1932 in Santa Barbara, California Son of Philemon Bl...
  • Lt. Jhilson Payne Cummins (1838 - 1918)
    The son of Daniel and Nancy Ellender (Collier) Cummins, Jhilson Payne Cummins was born in Jackson County, Indiana on November 26, 1838. In 1858 he married his first wife Nancy Emmons, who died ju...
  • Philemon Bliss (1813 - 1889)
    US Congressman. He was admitted to the bar in 1840, commenced law practice at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and was presiding judge of the fourteenth judicial circuit of Ohio, 1848 to 1851. In 1855, he was elec...

'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!