America's Lawyer-Presidents: From Law Office to Oval Office (Hardcover)
From Law Office to Oval Office
Northwestern University Press, 9780810112186, 344pp.
Publication Date: August 20, 2004
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 the Author
Individual chapters on the "lawyer-Presidents" have been written by professors, lawyers, and historians of the Presidency.
Praise For America's Lawyer-Presidents: From Law Office to Oval Office…
"Twenty-five of the United States' forty-three Presidents have been lawyers, and yet their careers as attorneys have tended to receive scant attention when compared to their political lives, even though the training and activity of these men as lawyers often contributed deeply to their views on American institutions. America's Lawyer-Presidents, which is the work of an impressive assembly of respected scholars, is lucid, informative, and highly engaging. The book provides intriguing biographical perspectives on the professional lives of a number of our most influential citizens, and also demonstrates yet again the profound relationship between the development of American law and our democracy." -Scott Turow