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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Judge Charles Andrews (1827 - 1918)
    Charles Andrews (May 27, 1827 New York Mills, Oneida County, New York – October 22, 1918 Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York) was an American Lawyer and politician. He was Chief Judge of the New York...
  • Judge George N. Leighton (1912 - 2018)
    George Leighton, a New Bedford native who retired from the bench at 74 and then worked at a Chicago law firm until he was 99, had personal experience as the target of injustice. His wife Virginia Ber...
  • Col. Robert Allen, US Congress (1778 - 1844)
    U.S. Congressman. Born in Augusta County, Virginia, he studied law, was admitted to bar, moved to Carthage, Tennessee, in 1804, where he engaged in the mercantile business and practiced law. He was als...
  • Frederick Neal Dow (1840 - 1934)
  • William Colby Eaton (1868 - 1929)

'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!