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Attorneys to Judges - the American Legal System

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  • Josiah Augustus Spaulding (1922 - 1983)
    Josiah Augustus "Si" Spaulding (December 21, 1922 – March 27, 1983) was an American businessman, attorney, and politician. Education and military service Spaulding graduated from the Hotchkiss Sc...
  • Theodore Sedgewick Nye (1854 - 1900)
    He graduated in law from New York University in 1875 and was a successful lawyer. He was a candidate for Congress on the Democratic ticket but defeated with the rest of the ticket.
  • Arius Nye (1792 - 1865)
    In 1807 he was in a store at Springfield, and later at a store in Putnam, OH. Before he was 21 yrs old he was a director in a bank at Zanesville. In 1817 and 1818 he studied law and was admitted to the...
  • Col. Lyman J. Jackson (1834 - 1887)
    From the Logan Ohio Democrat January 29, 1887 p.5 Perry County news-Col. Lyman J. Jackson died at his home ar New Lexington on the 25th of consumption. Colonel Jackson represented the Muskingum-Per...

'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!