Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853

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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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creatorOf Papers, 1792-1853 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853,. [Blank legal forms of South Carolina], ca. 1835. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853,. Scrapbook, 1837-1848. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Letitia T. Howe Collection, 1822-1876, (bulk 1840-1865) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Longfellow, Stephen, 1776-1849. Stephen Longfellow correspondence, 1809-1833. Maine Historical Society Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Copy text for Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of the state of Maine, second edition, 1850. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Yandes, Simon, d. 1903. Index of some law points and reports of cases argued in the moot court of Harvard Law School, 1838. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Trustees of Donations for Education in Liberia. Trustees of Donations for Education in Liberia records, 1842-1939. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. 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, Thomas P. O'Neill Library
creatorOf Saltonstall, Leverett, 1783-1845. Autograph letter signed : Washington, to S. Greenleaf, 1842 Aug. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Autograph letter signed : Portland, [Me.], to unknown person, n.p., 1833 Mar. 21. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter to Arvine Chaffee Wales, Nov. 3, 1847. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter to James Frederick Joy, Nov. 14, 1838 [photoprint], 1929. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter and orders regarding books for Harvard Law School Library, 1836-1842. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Commonplace book on law points, arguments and maxims, forms and precedents, 1838-1840. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn North American Review, papers, 1831-1843. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Simon Greenleaf letter to E.J. Coale, 1820 Nov. 6. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Opinion in the case of Irving W. Smart, Aug. 15, 1853. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Lee, William Little, 1821-1857. William Little Lee letters, 1847-1850. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Harvard Law School. Letter from S. Greenleaf to W.P. Gibbs, 1838. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Papers of Simon Greenleaf, 1823-1844 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Autograph letter signed S. Greenleaf to: "Sumner" December 1, [s.d]. Wellesley College
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIe, 1845-1865 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn McCall, Peter, 1809-1880. Papers, 1773-1879. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Greenleaf, Moses, 1755-1812. Moses Greenleaf papers, 1776-1780. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Course of legal study by Simon Greenleaf, Stephen Longfellow & Hon. Prentiss Mellen, C. Jus. SJC, Maine, between 1835 and 1840. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Story, Joseph, 1779-1845. Letters, 1840-1853, 1840 (bulk dates). Winterthur Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter to his son, James Greenleaf, Jan. 22, 1837. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Harvard Law School. Reports of cases argued and determined in moot court at Dane Law School, 1836-1839. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, 1835 Nov. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Peabody, Augustus, 1814-1848. Augustus Peabody Letter, 1833. Peabody Essex Museum
creatorOf Appleton, Francis H. Scrapbook, ca. 1827-1844. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, to Messrs. Little, Brown and Co., 1853 March 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Harvard Law School. Moot Court Competitions. Moot court competition records, 1825-1873. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Elton, Margaret Ann Allen. Frederic Allen scrapbook, 1800-1865. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Moot Court Records, 1825-1873 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter to his son, James Greenleaf, Jan. 22, 1837. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Autograph File, G, 1641-1991. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter and bill to the town of Charlestown (Boston, Mass.), 1842, June 30. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn B. A. G. Fuller autograph collection, 1620-1920. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Lectures of Reeve and Gould, ca. 1818. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter, 1847 October 13, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Joel Parker, Keene, New Hampshire. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Smith family. Papers, 1781-1907. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter to Nathan Freeman and Isaac Brackett, 15 May 1829. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Copy text for Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Judicial Court of the state of Maine, second edition, 1850. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Joseph Story papers, 1794-1851. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Opinion in the case of Irving W. Smart, Aug. 15, 1853. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Papers, 1782-1907 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Daveis, Charles Stewart, 1788-1865. Legal papers in the case of Potter v. Titcomb, Portland, Maine, ca. 1820-1833. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Pierce, George Washington. Correspondence of George Washington Pierce and his brother Josiah Pierce, 1829-1836. Maine Historical Society Library
referencedIn Papers, 1780-1835 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Lawyer's commonplace book, ca. 1801-1807? Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Letter, to George Ticknor, Paris. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Howe, Letitia T.,. Letitia T. Howe collection, 1822-1876 (bulk 1840-1865). Library of Congress
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Papers, 1792-1853. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853,. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings on legal matters, 1812-1841. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Harvard University. Corporation. Statutes of the Professorship of Law in Harvard University, ca. 1833. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Joseph Story papers, Story, Joseph papers, 1794-1851 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Sprague, Peleg, 1793-1880. Autograph letter signed : Newport, R.I., to Professor Simon Greenleaf, 1841 Aug. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dane, Nathan, 1752-1835. Papers, 1780-1835. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Ticknor, George, 1791-1871. Letter, 1841 February 26, Boston, to Simon Greenleaf, Cambridge. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Dickinson family library, 1810-1977. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Greenleaf, Simon, 1783-1853. Harvard Law School Library, 1817-1842. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
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Death 1853-10-06

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