America's Lawyer-Presidents by Norman Gross
From Law Office to Oval Office

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How have the legal careers of twenty-five American presidents shaped their presidencies?

Of America's forty-three presidents, twenty-five have been lawyers.

America's most beloved and admired president, Abraham Lincoln, was involved in more than 5,100 cases during his 25-year legal career. John Adams, the first lawyer-president, combined a twenty-year law practice with significant 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. He was one of eight lawyer-presidents to appear as counsel before the highest court in the land. Rutherford Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and other lawyer-presidents gained fame handling sensational murder trials and equally high profile cases.

These are but a few of the fascinating stories about the legal careers of America's lawyer-presidents. Yet, these stories have largely been untold--until now. 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 new insights into our national leaders and their lives and times, from colonial days to the present.
 

About Norman Gross

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A lawyer and educator, Norman Gross is currently director of the ABA Museum of Law in Chicago. He formerly served as director of Entrepreneurial Projects for the ABA and headed its Division for Public Education. America's Lawyer Presidents is a co-publication with the American Bar Association Museum of Law.Individual chapters on the "lawyer-Presidents" have been written by professors, lawyers, and historians of the Presidency.
 
Published August 20, 2004 by Northwestern University Press. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Edited by the director of the American Bar Association's Museum of Law, this volume provides useful essays on each of America's 25 "lawyer presidents," among them Jefferson, both Adamses, Monroe, Lincoln, McKinley, Taft, Wilson, FDR, Nixon and Clinton.

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Also demonstrated is how American law is rooted in English law, and was changed to become meaningful to American habits and customs.

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