America's Lawyer-Presidents: From Law Office to Oval Office

America's Lawyer-Presidents: From Law Office to Oval Office

by Norman Gross
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0810126184

ISBN-13: 9780810126183

Pub. Date: 08/30/2009

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

The historic election of Barack Obama was rife with references to Abraham Lincoln, perhaps the greatest lawyer-president, whose legal career spanned 25 years and 5,100 cases. President Obama’s ties to Lincoln are part of a great tradition begun by John Adams, the first lawyer-president, who combined a twenty-year law practice with major contributions to our

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The historic election of Barack Obama was rife with references to Abraham Lincoln, perhaps the greatest lawyer-president, whose legal career spanned 25 years and 5,100 cases. President Obama’s ties to Lincoln are part of a great tradition begun by John Adams, the first lawyer-president, who combined a twenty-year law practice with major contributions to our nation’s founding charters. His son, John Quincy Adams, argued landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases both before and after his presidency, one of eight lawyer-presidents to appear as counsel before the highest court in the land. And Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison were among those lawyer-presidents who handled notable high-profile cases, including sensational murder trials.

These are but a few of the fascinating—yet still largely unknown—stories about America’s lawyer-presidents. Now available in an updated, expanded paperback edition, America’s Lawyer-Presidents sheds light on the legal backgrounds of each of these chief executives and how their experiences as lawyers impacted and shaped their presidencies. Written by historians and presidential scholars and featuring an engaging and image-rich presentation, America’s Lawyer-Presidents provides unique insights into our national leaders and their lives and times, from colonial days to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810126183
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2009
Edition description:
1, Updated edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Preface
James R. Silkenat and Robert A. Stein

Introduction
Norman Gross

Founding Fathers and Sons

Law in Colonial America
Lawrence M. Friedman

John Adams: Patriot Lawyer
L. Kinvin Wroth

Thomas Jefferson: Legal Wordsmith
David T. Konig

James Monroe: Occasional Lawyer
Daniel Preston

John Quincy Adams: Eloquent Advocate
Howard Jones

Antebellum Presidents

Law in Antebellum America
Lawrence M. Friedman

Andrew Jackson: Frontier Justice
David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler

Martin Van Buren: Boy Lawyer
James A. Henretta

John Tyler: Virginia Counsel
E. Lee Shepard

James K. Polk: Sometime Lawyer
Robert W. Johannsen

Millard Fillmore: Lawyer Mentor
Elbert B. Smith

Franklin Pierce: Courtroom Orator
Christopher M. Johnson

James Buchanan: Strict Constructionist
Jean H. Baker

Lawyer Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln: Prairie Lawyer
Paul Finkelman

Selected Cases of A. Lincoln, Esq., Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law
John A. Lupton

Lincoln's Notes for a Law Lecture

Gilded Age Presidents

Law in the Gilded Age
Lawrence M. Friedman

Rutherford B. Hayes: Volunteer Counsel
Ari Hoogenboom

James A. Garfield: Supreme Court Counsel
Allan Peskin

Chester A. Arthur: War Claims Lawyer
Thomas C. Reeves

Grover Cleveland: An Honest Lawyer
Eugene C. Gerhart

Benjamin Harrison: High-Priced Counsel
Allen Sharp

William McKinley: A Good Lawyer
Lewis L. Gould

New Century Presidents

Law in the New Century
Lawrence M. Friedman

William Howard Taft: Mr. Chief Justice
Melvyn Dubofsky

Woodrow Wilson: Reluctant Lawyer
Melvin I. Urofsky

Calvin Coolidge: Country Lawyer
Russell Fowler

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Contrarian Counselor
Jerome J. Shestack

The Modern Presidency

Law in Modern America
Lawrence M. Friedman

Richard M. Nixon: Bicoastal Practitioner
Irwin F. Gellman

Gerald R. Ford: All-American Counsel
David Horrocks

William Jefferson Clinton: Political Lawyer
David H. Bennett

Presidential Appointments: Supreme Court Justices and Chief Government Lawyers

Lawyer-Presidents and Their Supreme Court Appointments
Barbara A. Perry

Supreme Court Appointments

Lawyer-Presidents and Their Attorneys (General)
Cornell W. Clayton

Attorneys General Appointments

Solicitors General Appointments

Further Reading
Contributors
Illustration Credits
Index

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