Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853

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Birth 1783-12-05
Death 1853-10-06
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Simon Greenleaf was Royall Professor of Law, 1833-1846, and Dane Professor of Law, 1846-1848, at Harvard Law School.

From the description of Lawyer's commonplace book, ca. 1801-1807? (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 235709347

Simon Greenleaf was born in Newburyport, Mass., was raised there and in Maine, and studied law and practiced in Maine. After Maine became a separate state, he served in the state legislature, as law reporter to the Maine Supreme Court, and finally as Professor of Law at Harvard. He wrote on legal topics, and his Treatise on the law of evidence (1842-1853), was the first to separate newly developing American law from its English source.

From the description of Simon Greenleaf letter to E.J. Coale, 1820 Nov. 6. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 63664405

Greenleaf received an honorary degree from Harvard in 1834 and taught law at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Simon Greenleaf, 1823-1844 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972782

American jurist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to Messrs. Little, Brown and Co., 1853 March 31. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270498941

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, 1835 Nov. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270498934

Greenleaf was Royall Professor of Law, 1833-1846, and Dane Professor of Law, 1846-1848, at Harvard Law School.

From the description of Papers, 1792-1853. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 236047327

Simon Greenleaf was the Law School's Dane Professor of Law, 1846-1848.

Arvine Chaffee Wales entered Harvard Law School in Aug. 1848 and earned an LL.B. in 1849.

From the description of Letter to Arvine Chaffee Wales, Nov. 3, 1847. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 416119888

American legal writer and member of the bar association of the state of Maine.

Greenleaf was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Upon the admission of Maine to the Union, he was elected to the legislature and later was appointed as a reporter of the Maine Supreme Court. In 1833, Greenleaf became a faculty member of the Harvard Law School. He also served for many years as the President of the Massachusetts Bible Society. He died in 1853 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

From the description of A legal view of the testimony of the four evangelists : with notes, and an account of the trial of Jesus : manuscript, 1846 / Simon Greenleaf LL. D. Royall professor of law in Harvard University. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 60397358

  • 1783: Born December 5 in Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • 1790 - 1799 : Attended the Latin School, Newburyport
  • 1801: Entered apprenticeship in law office of Ezekiel Whitman of Gloucester, Maine
  • 1806: Admitted to the Bar of Cumberland County, Maine in June
  • 1806: Married Hannah Kingman, daughter of Capt. Ezra Kingman of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts on September 18
  • 1807 - 1817 : Practiced law in Gray, Maine
  • 1818: Moved law practice to Portland, Maine
  • 1820 - 1832 : Reporter for the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine
  • 1821: Published, Cases Overruled
  • 1833: Appointed to Royall Professorship of Law at Harvard Law School
  • 1842: Published, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence
  • 1845: Appointed Dane Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
  • 1848: Resigned teaching position at Harvard Law School
  • 1849: Appointed judge to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, but declined
  • 1853: Died, October 6 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

From the guide to the Papers, 1792-1853, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University)

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