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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Hon. Sereno Elisha Payne, U.S. Congress (1843 - 1914)
    US Congressman. Born in Hamilton, New York, he graduated from the University of Rochester, 1864, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1866 and practiced law in Auburn, New York. He was city clerk of...
  • Gilbert Morgan Denman, II, Atty. (1921 - 2004)
    Biography Gilbert Morgan Denman, II was born on January 29, 1921, in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA. His parents were Gilbert Morgan Denman, Sr. and Juanita Pearl Denman . He was an Attorney a...
  • Walter Patterson, U.S. Representative (c.1779 - 1852)
    Walter Patterson, Find A Grave Memorial ID # 11323366 U.S. Representative Walter Patterson's Congressional Biography Town Officers, Ancram, Columbia County, New York The New York Civil List
  • Enos Thompson Throop Martin (1808 - 1883)
    Enos Thompson Throop Martin, who died in his 75th year, was the son of Thaddeus Martin and the former Mehetable Throop, a sister of Enos Thompson Throop, Governor of New York from 1829-1833 and later U...
  • John Taylor Gray (1829 - 1876)
    John Taylor Gray Co-owner of Adie & Gray, druggists, Richmond, Virginia Find A Grave Memorial ID # 6332288 born on 13 February 1829, died on 24 August 1876 John Taylor Gray was born on 13 Febr...

'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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