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William Walker

bornactivedied
1824, May 81852-18601860, Sep 12
an American physician, lawyer, journalist and mercenary, who organized several private military expeditions into Latin America, with the intention of establishing English-speaking colonies under his personal control, an enterprise then known as "filibustering." Walker usurped the presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua in 1856 and ruled until 1857, when he w...
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Artemas Ward Jr.

bornactivedied
1762, Jan 91783-18441847, Oct 7
like his father, Artemas Ward, he was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. He served in the Thirteenth Congress and Fourteenth Congress (1813–1817). He was a member of the Federalist Party. From 1796 to 1800, Ward served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He moved to Charlestown in 1800, where he continued to practice law. Ward se...
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William Warner

borndied
1558 ca1609, Mar 9
an English poet and lawyer. His chief work is a long poem in fourteen-syllabled verse, entitled Albion's England (1586), and dedicated to Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon. His history of his country begins with Noah, and is brought down to Warner's own time including the beheading of more
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Daniel Webster

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1782, Jan 181805-18521852, Oct 24
an American politician who twice served in the United States House of Representatives, representing New Hampshire (1813–1817) and Massachusetts (1823–1827), served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1827–1841 and 1845–1850) and was twice the United States Secretary of State, under Presidents more
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Ezra Weeks

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unknown1800sunknown
a successful builder who served as a witness in a sensationalized murder trial. John McComb, the architect of Hamilton Grange, and Ezra Weeks would both be key defense witnesses for Ezra Weeks' brother, Levi in one of the most sensational murder trials of the turn of the 18th century. Ezra Weeks was also involved in the design and construction of Gracie Man...
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Levi Weeks

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17761819
the accused in the infamous Manhattan Well Murder trial of 1800, the first murder trial in the United States for which there is a recorded transcript. At the time of the murder, Weeks was a young carpenter in New York City. He was the brother of Ezra Weeks, one of New York's most successful builders of the time. Weeks was accused of murdering Gulielma "Elma"...
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Abigail Williams

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1680, Jul 121697, Oct
one of the initial accusers in the Salem witch trials, which led to the arrest and imprisonment of more than 150 innocent people suspected of witchcraft. Abigail and her cousin Betty Parris were the first two accusers in the Salem Witch trials of 1692 and 1693. Williams was twelve years old at the time, and she was living with her uncle more
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Charles K. Williams

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1782, Jan 241853, Mar 9
an American lawyer and politician. He served as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1834 to 1846 and as Governor of Vermont from 1850 to 1852.
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James Wilson [2]

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1742, Sep 141766-17921798, Aug 21
one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Wilson was elected twice to the Continental Congress, where he represented Pennsylvania, and was a major force in drafting the United States Constitution. A leading legal theorist, he was one of the six origina...
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John Winthrop [2]

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1587/88, Jan 121649, Mar 26
an English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in founding the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the second major settlement in New England, following Plymouth Colony. Winthrop led the first large wave of immigrants from England in 1630 and served as governor for 12 of the colony's first 20 years. His writings and vision of the colony as a Puritan "city up...
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William Wirt

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1772, Nov 81792-18341834, Feb 18
an American author and statesman who is credited with turning the position of United States Attorney General into one of influence. He was the longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history. He was also the Anti-Masonic nominee for president in the 1832 election. Wirt grew up in Maryland but pursued a legal career in Virginia, passing the Virginia bar in 1...
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James Wright

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1716, May 81785, Nov 20
an American colonial lawyer and jurist who was the last British Royal Governor of the Province of Georgia. He was the only Royal Governor of the Thirteen Colonies to regain control of his colony during the American Revolutionary War. In 1730 his father accompanied Robert Johnson to the Province of South Carolina and served as its Chief Justice until 1739. Ja...
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George Wythe

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17261746-18061806, Jun 8
the first American law professor, a noted classics scholar, and a Virginia judge. The first of the seven Virginia signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence, Wythe served as one of Virginia's representatives to the Continental Congress and the Philadelphia Convention. Wythe taught and was a mentor to more
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