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William Paca

bornactivedied
1740, Oct 311761-17911799, Oct 13
a signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Maryland, and later Governor of Maryland and a United States federal judge. Paca was elected to the Maryland legislature in 1771 and appointed to the Continental Congress in 1774. He was reelected, serving until 1779, when he became chief justice of the state of Maryland. In ...
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Robert Treat Paine

bornactivedied
1731, Mar 111757-18041814, May 11
a Massachusetts lawyer and politician, best known as a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts. He served as the state's first attorney general, and served as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state's highest court.
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Betty Parris

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1682, Nov 281760, Mar 21
one of the young women who accused other people of being witches during the Salem witch trials. The accusations made by Betty (Elizabeth) and her cousin Abigail caused the direct death of 20 Salem residents: 19 were hanged (mostly women) and one man was pressed to death. In 1692, the Salem Witch Trials broke out after several girls claimed to be targeted by ...
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Samuel Parris

bornactivedied
16531673-17111720, Feb 27
the Puritan minister in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials. He was also the father of one of the afflicted girls, and the uncle of another. Samuel immigrated to Boston in the early 1660s, where he attended Harvard University at his father's behest. When his father died in 1673, Samuel left Harvard to take up his inheritance in Barbados, where...
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Olivier Patru

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16041681, Jan 16
a French lawyer and writer. He was born in Paris. Patru actively worked on the development of rules of language and the systematic encouragement of prose, particularly through the translation of speakers and famous historians. In addition, he actively participated in preparing the Dictionary of the Academy, which he wanted to see the judgments relied on defi...
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John Penn

bornactivedied
1741, May 171762-17841788, Sep 14
a signer of both the United States Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation as a representative of North Carolina. Penn was elected to the North Carolina Provincial Congress and elected by that body to the Continental Congress in 1775, serving until 1780. For the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, he was part of the North C...
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Spencer Perceval

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1762, Nov 11812, May 11
a British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from October 1809 until his assassination in May 1812. Perceval is the only British prime minister to have been murdered. He was also the only Solicitor General or Attorney General to become Prime Minister. The younger son of an Anglo-Irish earl, Perceval was educated at Harrow School and...
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Thomas Phaer

aka: Phaire, Fayre, Faer, Phayre, Phayer
borndied
1510 ca1560, Aug 12
an English lawyer, pediatrician, and author. He is best known as the author of The Boke of Chyldren, published in 1545, which was the first book on pediatrics written in the English language. He published Natura brevium in 1535, and Newe Boke of Presidentes in 1543. He published The Regiment of Life in 1544, a translation of a French version of the Latin tex...
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Job Pierson

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1791, Sep 231860, Apr 9
a U.S. Representative from New York. He studied law in Salem and Schaghticoke. He was admitted to the bar in 1815 and commenced practice in Rensselaer County. He served as district attorney from 1824-1833. Pierson was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses (March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1835). After an unsuccessful campaign for...
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Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

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1746, Feb 251825, Aug 16
an early American statesman of South Carolina, Revolutionary War veteran, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as its presidential candidate in 1804 and 1808, losing both elections. Pinckney was born into a powerful family of aristocratic planters. He practiced law for several years and was elected to ...
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Francois Pithou

aka: François
borndied
15431621
a French lawyer and author. There is very little information available about his life. He was born and died in Troyes and was the brother of Jean, Nicolas and Pierre Pithou. He wrote Glossarium ad libros capitularium (1588) and Traité de l'excommunication et de l'interdit, etc. (1587).He also wrote in Latin.


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Pierre Pithou

aka: Petrus Pithoeus
borndied
1539, Nov 11596, Nov 1
a French lawyer and scholar. He was born at Troyes. From childhood he loved literature, and his father Pierre encouraged this interest. Pithou wrote many legal and historical books, besides preparing editions of several ancient writers. His earliest publication was Adversariorum subsectorum lib. II. (1565). In 1569, he became the first to publish Landolfus ...
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Jean de Poltrot

aka: sieur de Méré, Mérey
borndied
1537 ca1563, Mar 18
a nobleman of Angoumois, who murdered Francis, Duke of Guise. He had lived some time in Spain, and his knowledge of Spanish, together with his swarthy complexion, which earned him the nickname of the Espagnolet, procured him employment as a spy in the wars against Spain. Having been converted to the Huguenot cause, he determined to kill Francis, Duke of Guis...
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Peter Pond

borndied
1739/40, Jan 181807
a soldier with a Connecticut regiment, a fur trader, a founding member of the North West Company and the Beaver Club, an explorer and a cartographer. Though he was born and died in Milford, Connecticut, most of his life was spent in northwestern North America, where he explored waterways around Lake Athabasca and determined the approximate locations of Great...
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Sterling Price

borndied
1809, Sep 141867, Sep 29
an American soldier, lawyer, planter, and politician from the U.S. state of Missouri, who served as the 11th Governor of the state from 1853 to 1857. He also served as a United States Army brigadier general during the Mexican-American War, and a Confederate Army major general in the American Civil War. Price is best known for his victories in New Mexico and ...
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Daniel de Priezac

aka: Priézac
borndied
15901662, May
a French writer and jurist. Priézac was born in Limousin. Graduating as doctor of law in Bordeaux in 1614, he was professor of jurisprudence and conseiller d'État. He was elected to the Académie française in 1639 as a founder member. He wrote the Défence des droits et prérogatives des roys de France, contre Alexandre-Patrice Armacan, théologien (Defen...
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William Prynne

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16001669, Oct 24
an English lawyer, author, polemicist, and political figure. He was a prominent Puritan opponent of the church policy of the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud. Although his views on church polity were presbyterian, he became known in the 1640s as an Erastian, arguing for overall state control of religious matters. A prolific writer, he published over 20...
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James Puckle

borndied
16671724
an English inventor, lawyer and writer from London chiefly remembered for his invention of the Defence Gun, better known as the Puckle gun, a multi-shot gun mounted on a stand capable of (depending on which version) firing up to nine rounds per minute. The Puckle gun is one of the first weapons referred to as a machine gun (though its operation does not matc...
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