Servants of the Law: Judicial Politics on the California Frontier, 1849-89
  • Servants of the Law: Judicial Politics on the California Frontier, 1849-89
  • Servants of the Law: Judicial Politics on the California Frontier, 1849-89

Servants of the Law: Judicial Politics on the California Frontier, 1849-89

by Donald R. Burrill
     
 

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This book examines the lives of two famous California judges, David S. Terry and Stephen J. Field, who created a lasting influence on the politics and judicial history of California's Supreme Court during the court's formative years of 1855 to 1865.See more details below

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This book examines the lives of two famous California judges, David S. Terry and Stephen J. Field, who created a lasting influence on the politics and judicial history of California's Supreme Court during the court's formative years of 1855 to 1865.

Editorial Reviews

The Honorable Marcus Lucas
This book is not intended to be a precise judicial history of the state of California. Rather, because of the fascinating lives that two justices (Stephen Field and David Terry) lived, it makes for a beguiling narrative about two very human judges and the judicial and personal confrontations between them during the latter half of the nineteenth century. In the eyes of their judicial brethren, Terry's legal years began in promise and ended in disgrace, while Field's years began in promise and led to the nation's judicial pantheon.
William Johnston
Servants of the Law offers an account of the state of California's legal beginnings as it played itself out in the biographies of two of its earliest Chief Justices - David S. Terry and Stephen J. Field. It was an era when Mexico's Latin law was replaced by Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence. The sometimes devious personal conflicts between Field the northerner and Terry the southerner spans most of the last half of the 19th century. Moreover, the book is a fascinating and scholarly narrative of how the jurist Field moved to The United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years of service, while the gold-miner Terry vanished in disgrace for having been on the wrong side of the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761848929
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
12/02/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
4 MB

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