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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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    Guy Winfred Bailey, LL.D., University of Vermont President (1876 - 1940)
    Guy W. Bailey (May 7, 1876 – October 22, 1940) was a Vermont politician and educator. He served as Secretary of State of Vermont and president of the University of Vermont. Biography Guy Winfred Bai...
  • Judge Nelson Schwab (1888 - 1949)
    State court judge.
  • Thomas Marshall Duke (1795 - 1867)
    Thomas Marshall Duke, the first constitutional alcalde of Austin's colony and one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, the son of Dr. Basil and Charlotte (Marshall) Duke, was born at Lex...
  • Hon. Henry Woods (1764 - 1826)
    Henry Woods (1764–1826) was an American politician, a United States Representative from Pennsylvania, and a land speculator. Early life Born in Bedford, Pennsylvania, Woods had limited schooling, and ...
  • George Lewis Ruffin, Sr. (1834 - 1886)
    George Lewis Ruffin (December 16, 1834 – November 19, 1886) was a barber, attorney, politician and judge. Biography From George Lewis Ruffin Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, retrieved 26 April 2022...

'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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