"[This book] provides portraits of the men whose important yet understudied contributions helped create a new common law inspired by English legal traditions but fully grounded in the decisions of American judges. [The author] profiles individuals such as James Hughes, a Revolutionary War veteran who worked as a legislator to reform confusing property laws inherited from Virginia. Also featured is George M. Bibb, a prominent U.S. senator and the secretary of the treasury under President John Tyler. To shed light on the pioneering individuals responsible for collecting and publishing the early opinions of Kentucky's highest court, Metzmeier reviews nearly a century of debate over politics, institutional change, human rights, and war. Embodied in the stories of these early reporters are the rich history of the Commonwealth, the essence of its legal system, and the origins of a legal print culture in America."-- Back cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-200) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The barrister: James Hughes (d. 1818) The reporter who was not : Achilles Sneed (1772-1825) The soldier : Martin D. Hardin (1780-1823) The jurist : George M. Bibb (1776-1859) The brother : Alexander K. Marshall (1770-1825) The poet : William Littell (1768-1824) The rebel : Thomas Bell Monroe (1791-1865) The scion : John James Marshall (1785-1846) The editor : James G. Dana (1785-1840) The professional : Ben Monroe (1790-1860) The banker : James P. Metcalfe (1822-1889) The copperhead : Alvin Duvall (1813-1891) The last : W.P.D. Bush (1823-1904).
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