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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Maj (USA), Charles Phillip Muhlenberg (1837 - 1872)
    Charles Phillip Muhlenberg was born at Lancaster, Pa. Nov 24, 1838, fifth son of Dr. F.A. Muhlenberg. His education was begun at home, but he attended the common schools of his native city, and in 1853...
  • George Griswold Frelinghuysen (1851 - 1936)
    ) George Griswold Frelinghuysen (May 9, 1851 – April 21, 1936) was an American patent lawyer, and president of P. Ballantine & Sons Company, a New Jersey brewery. Biography He was born in New...
  • Nicholas Ware, U.S. Senator (1769 - 1824)
    Nicholas Ware (1769 – September 7, 1824) was a United States Senator from Georgia. Ware was born in Caroline County, Virginia and later moved with his parents to Edgefield, South Carolina and a few...
  • Arthur Aron Bondi (1903 - 1985)
  • Eugene Lemuel Sullivan (1820 - 1885)
    He was an attorney and George Yount's son-in-law. He sailed from New York to Panama in October 1848. He anchored in San Francisco on February 28 1849. He opened the merchandising business "Sullivan a...

'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!