Famous 19th Century Lawyers & Judges

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 1 Abraham Lincoln

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Famous As: American President.
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865

A self-educated lawyer, Abraham Lincoln rose from modest background to become one of the greatest presidents of America. The 16th president of the country, who is also known as Honest Abe and the Great Emancipator, played a crucial role in establishing a truly democratic government, abolished slavery, modernised economy and led the country during the American Civil War.

 2 Clarence Darrow

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: April 18, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kinsman Township
Died: March 13, 1938
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 3 William Howard Taft

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Famous As: President of the U.S.A
Birthdate: September 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati
Died: March 8, 1930

The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft also served as the tenth Chief Justice of the US; he is the only person in the history of the US to have held both the offices. He had a great impact as chief justice and has been regarded as the greatest US chief justices of all time.

 4 Chester A. Arthur

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Famous As: 21st President of the USA
Birthdate: October 5, 1829
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fairfield, Vermont
Died: November 18, 1886
Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. in 1881, after the assassination of President James A. Garfield, and served till 1885. Arthur represented Elizabeth Jennings Graham in the 1854 case against segregation in streetcars. He signed the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act and rebuilt the U.S. Navy.

 5 Paul Robeson

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Famous As: Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S
Died: January 23, 1976

Singer and actor, Paul Robeson, was as much known for his music and films as he was for his political activism. As a black man who had to endure great difficulties to establish himself, he was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. As a performer, he was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

 6 Earl Warren

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Birthdate: March 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: July 9, 1974
Earl Warren served as the chief justice of the U.S. from 1953 to 1969. He was also the California governor from 1943 to 1953. The "Warren Court" revolutionized the American justice system by making landmark judgments, such as making school segregation unconstitutional in the Brown v. Board of Education case.

 7 Francis Scott Key

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Frederick County, Maryland, United States
Died: January 11, 1843
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 8 Motilal Nehru

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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: May 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Agra
Died: February 6, 1931

 9 H. H. Asquith

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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: September 12, 1852
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Morley
Died: February 15, 1928

 10 Apolinario Mabini

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Famous As: Revolutionary leader
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903

 11 James Alexander Hamilton

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Famous As: Son of Alexander Hamilton
Birthdate: April 14, 1788
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: September 24, 1878

 12 Jan Smuts

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Famous As: Botanist, Officer, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malmesbury, Western Cape
Died: September 11, 1950

Jan Smuts was a South African military leader, statesman, and philosopher. He played a key role in the formation of the Union of South Africa and helped shape its constitution. From 1919 to 1924 and again from 1939 to 1948, he served as the Union of South Africa's prime minister. He played a major role in establishing the United Nations.

 13 Woodrow Wilson

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Famous As: 28th U.S. President
Birthdate: December 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: February 3, 1924

From presidential cabin of Princeton University to presidential office of the White House, Woodrow Wilson ushered a series of progressive reforms that changed the American politics forever. The 28th President of USA, Woodrow Wilson introduced several ground-breaking policies including the Federal Reserve Act. He played a key role in founding the first intergovernmental organisation—the League of Nations—for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 14 Salmon P. Chase

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Famous As: Sixth Chief Justice of the United States
Birthdate: January 13, 1808
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: sixth Chief Justice of the United States
Died: May 7, 1873

 15 Mahatma Gandhi

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Famous As: Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire
Died: January 30, 1948

An Indian lawyer and anti-colonial nationalist, Mahatma Gandhi was a major figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He is renowned for his employment of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience methods. Despite his popularity, he had numerous detractors as well and was assassinated in 1948. He is widely considered the Father of the Nation in India.

 16 Louis Brandeis

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Famous As: Former Lawyer & US Supreme Court Associate Justice
Birthdate: November 13, 1856
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 5, 1941

 17 Roy Bean

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Famous As: Justice of the Peace & Saloonkeeper
Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Mason County
Died: March 16, 1903

 18 Charles Hamilton Houston

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Famous As: American lawyer
Birthdate: September 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 22, 1950

 19 Pierre Laval

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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Châteldon
Died: October 15, 1945

 20 Horatio Spafford

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 20, 1828
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Troy
Died: October 16, 1888

 21 Jesse E. James

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Famous As: Lawyer, Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nashville
Died: March 26, 1951

 22 Harold Abrahams

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Famous As: Athletics competitor, Sprinter, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: December 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford
Died: January 14, 1978

English track and field athlete is best remembered for his gold medal win in the 100m race at the Paris Olympics in 1924. Part of the Achilles Club, he and his exploits inspired the 1981 film Chariots of Fire. Following his retirement, he became a broadcaster and sports administrator.

 23 Wilhelm Frick

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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 12, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alsenz
Died: October 16, 1946

 24 Getúlio Vargas

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: April 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Borja
Died: August 24, 1954

 25 Judah P. Benjamin

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 6, 1811
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands
Died: May 6, 1884

 26 Albert Pike

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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: December 29, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 2, 1891

 27 Engelbert Dollfuss

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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer
Birthdate: October 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Texingtal
Died: July 25, 1934

 28 Edmund Barton

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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: January 18, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glebe
Died: January 7, 1920

The first prime minister of Australia, Edmund Barton had also been a senior judge at the High Court of Australia. The federation movement leader was also a major force behind the drafting of the constitution of his country. After rejecting the knighthood thrice, he finally accepted the honor in 1902.

 29 James Smith Bush

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Famous As: Jurist, Writer, Lawyer, Priest, Politician
Birthdate: June 15, 1825
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: November 11, 1889

The progenitor of the Bush political family, James Smith Bush, was a jurist by training before he was drawn to divinity and ordained as a priest. He began his career as rector of the Grace Church in Orange, New Jersey. Later, he visited other parts of the country, writing several books on religion, most significant of them being Evidence of Religion.

 30 John Foster Dulles

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Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: February 25, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died: May 24, 1959

 31 Jacob Grimm

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Famous As: Philologist
Birthdate: January 4, 1785
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: September 20, 1863

Part of the legendary folklorist duo known as the Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm gave to the world Grimm’s Fairy Tales, along with his younger brother, Wilhelm Grimm. The son of a lawyer, he, too, had initially studied law. He also contributed immensely to Germanic linguistics, with his Grimm's law.

 32 Preston Brooks

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1819
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edgefield County, South Carolina
Died: January 27, 1857

 33 John Rutledge

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Famous As: Chief Justice
Birthdate: September 17, 1739
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: July 23, 1800

 34 Thomas R. Marshall

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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 14, 1854
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Manchester
Died: June 1, 1925

 35 Edwin M. Stanton

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1814
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio, U.S.
Died: December 24, 1869

 36 Benjamin Cardozo

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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: May 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 1938

American lawyer Benjamin Cardozo had served as the Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. More of a liberal, he supported the modification of existing legal principles to make them more modern. He is remembered for his mild-mannered nature and for his contribution to the American common law.

 37 John Abbott

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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 12, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-André-d'Argenteuil
Died: October 30, 1893

 38 Jubal Early

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 3, 1816
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Died: March 2, 1894

 39 Raymond Poincaré

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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: August 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bar-le-Duc
Died: October 15, 1934

Former French president and three-time prime minister Raymond Poincaré was a qualified lawyer and the co-founder of the Democratic Republican Alliance. He suggested a retrial in the Dreyfus Affair and was also largely responsible for France’s entry into World War II. He also introduced a highly debated denaturalization law.

 40 Mary Ann Shadd

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: June 5, 1893

The first North American Black woman to publish a newspaper, USA-born Mary Ann Shadd was the founder of the Canadian newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Concurrently serving as its anonymous editor and contributor, she also became one of the first women to pursue journalism in Canada. She was also one of the first Black women to earn a degree in law.

 41 Hugh D. Auchincloss

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Famous As: Officer, Stockbroker, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newport
Died: November 20, 1976

 42 William Walker

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Famous As: President
Birthdate: May 8, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 12, 1860

 43 Joseph de Maistre

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 1, 1753
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chambéry, France
Died: February 26, 1821

 44 Louis St. Laurent

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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat
Birthdate: February 1, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Compton
Died: July 25, 1973

Louis St. Laurent was a Canadian politician who served as the prime minister of Canada from 1948 to 1957. He was a successful lawyer before he entered politics and began his political career as the minister of justice under Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. He then rose through the ranks to succeed King upon his retirement.

 45 Adolphe Thiers

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 15, 1797
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bouc-Bel-Air, France
Died: September 3, 1877

 46 Lajos Kossuth

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 16, 1802
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Monok, Hungary
Died: March 20, 1894

 47 Joseph Force Crater

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Famous As: Lawyer, Judge
Birthdate: January 5, 1889
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Easton
Died: June 6, 1939

 48 John Marshall Harlan II

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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: December 29, 1971

 49 Paul Reynaud

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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 15, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barcelonnette
Died: September 21, 1966

 50 Madison Grant

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Famous As: Lawyer, Anthropologist, Racial theorist, Historian, Zoologist
Birthdate: November 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
Died: May 30, 1937

A lawyer and a zoologist, Madison Grant is best remembered for his belief in eugenics and white supremacy, which he expressed through his best-selling book The Passing of the Great Race. He played a crucial role in the passing of immigration regulations in the U.S. He was also an avid conservationist.