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Atherton, Joshua (20 June 1737–03 April 1809), attorney general of New Hampshire, was born in Harvard, Massachusetts, the son of Peter Atherton, a blacksmith who also served on the General Court, and Experience Wright. Atherton attended Harvard College and graduated in 1762. He taught school in Bolton, read law with both James Putnam and Abel Willard, and in 1765 was admitted to the bar. That same year he married Abigail Goss, with whom he had fourteen children, seven of whom died in infancy. Soon thereafter Atherton moved to New Hampshire where in 1773 he became the register of probate in newly formed Hillsborough County. He settled in Amherst and resided there the rest of his life as one of the town’s most prestigious and controversial inhabitants....

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Ingersoll, Jared, Jr. (24/27 Oct. 1749–31 October 1822), a signer of the U.S. Constitution, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Jared Ingersoll, a lawyer, and Hannah Whiting Ingersoll. His father was active in colonial affairs. The younger Ingersoll was educated privately and at Yale, where he graduated in 1766. For several years he managed his father's financial affairs in New Haven while the elder Ingersoll lived in Philadelphia, helping to organize a vice-admiralty court at the invitation of colonial authorities. The younger Ingersoll joined his father in Philadelphia around 1770, read law, and was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1773. With tensions increasing between the colonies and England, the elder Ingersoll, a Loyalist, encouraged his son to go to London for the further study of law. The son obliged and was admitted to the Middle Temple in the summer of 1773. Upon completing his studies in 1776 he traveled on the Continent and lived for a while in Paris. During this time he became increasingly sympathetic to the Revolutionary cause, creating a breach with his father....

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Innes, James (1754–02 August 1798), lawyer, military officer, and Virginia attorney general, was born in Caroline County, Virginia, the son of Robert Innes, a well-educated Scottish clergyman, and Catherine Richards. After receiving a classical education from his father, Innes attended the renowned school of Donald Robertson in King and Queen County, Virginia, with his older brother Harry. At age sixteen he entered the College of William and Mary, where he excelled in his studies. At the college he also cemented a lifelong friendship with fellow student ...

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Luther Martin. Watercolor with glaze over pencil on paper, c. 1835, by Bernard Francis Hoppner Meyer. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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Martin, Luther ( February 1748–08 July 1826), lawyer and politician, was born near New Brunswick, New Jersey, the son of Benjamin Martin and Hannah (maiden name unknown), farmers. Luther Martin graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in 1766. For the next three years he served as schoolmaster at the Queen Anne’s County Free School on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During this time Martin began studying law with books borrowed from a local attorney....

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Moore, Alfred (21 May 1755–15 October 1810), Revolutionary officer, attorney general of North Carolina, and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in New Hanover County, North Carolina, the son of Maurice Moore, a judge, and Anne Grange Moore. In 1764 Judge Maurice Moore, who was among the principal leaders of the Cape Fear River country, sent his son to Boston for his education. Prior to the outbreak of the Revolution, Alfred returned home and read law with his father. He won his license to practice law in April 1775 and on 1 September married Susanna Elizabeth Eagles of Brunswick County; they had two children....

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Paine, Robert Treat (11 March 1731–11 June 1814), lawyer, Massachusetts attorney general, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Paine, a merchant, and Eunice Treat. Shortly before Paine’s birth, his father had left the ministry for a mercantile career that soon flourished, providing comfortable circumstances for the family. Paine followed the traditional Boston elite educational path from Boston Public Latin School to Harvard College, where he graduated with the class of 1749. At about the same time, his father lost his fortune; following graduation, Paine was forced to seek his own way without the benefit of a family business....

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Stockton, John Potter (02 August 1826–22 January 1900), lawyer, senator, and New Jersey attorney general, was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of Robert Field Stockton, a naval officer, and Harriet Maria Potter. Like the Adamses of Massachusetts and the Jays of New York, the Stocktons of New Jersey were prominent in public affairs for over two centuries. Stockton graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in 1843. He read law in the office of his cousin Richard Stockton Field and was admitted to the bar in 1850. Stockton then practiced law in Princeton and Trenton. He married Sarah Marks, with whom he had three children....

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Tucker, John Randolph (24 December 1823–13 February 1897), attorney general of Virginia, congressman, and legal educator and scholar, was born in Winchester, Virginia, the son of Henry St. George Tucker, the president of the Virginia Court of Appeals, and Anne Evelina Hunter. Tucker spent part of his youth at the Tucker home, “Woodbury,” in Jefferson County and received his early education at a private school in Winchester. He later attended the Richmond Academy and, from 1839 to 1844, the University of Virginia, where his father taught law. In addition to law, Tucker studied moral and political philosophy, mathematics, and physical science. In 1845 he began practicing law in Winchester and soon rose to legal and political prominence. In 1848 he married Laura Holmes Powell; they had seven children. In 1852 and 1856 he was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket, and in May 1857 he was elected attorney general of Virginia. He was twice reelected, in 1859 and 1863, and served until 1865....

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Earl Warren Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-92346).