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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Capt. George W. Goddard (1825 - 1882)
    GEO. W. GODDARD.--Capt. Geo. W. GODDARD, an old citizen of this place, fell senseless in front of his officer on the east side of the square, on last Thursday afternoon. Friends conveyed him home, wher...
  • John L. Bates, Governor (1859 - 1946)
    John Lewis Bates (September 18, 1859 – June 8, 1946) was born in North Easton, Massachusetts to Rev. Lewis Benton Bates, a Methodist minister, and Louisa D. (Field) Bates. He attended public school i...
  • William J. Duane, U.S. Sec'y of Treasury (1780 - 1865)
    Wikipedia William John Duane (May 9, 1780 – September 27, 1865) was an Irish born American politician and lawyer from Pennsylvania. In 1833, President Andrew Jackson appointed Duane Secretary of the ...
  • Capt. Thomas Jeremiah Beall (1836 - 1921)
    BEALL, THOMAS J. (1836–1921). Thomas J. Beall, attorney and Confederate officer, son of Dr. Jeremiah and Susan Varner (Neal) Beall, was born at Thomaston, Georgia, on May 12, 1836. He received his pr...
  • Charles Dewey Hilles, Jr. (1902 - 1974)
    Charles Dewey Hilles Jr., a former executive vice president and director of the International Telegraph and Telephone Company, died Sunday in Doctors Hospital. He was 71 years old, and lived at 350 Eas...

'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!