Servants of the law : judicial politics on the California frontier 1849-89 : an interpretive exploration of the Field-Terry controversy / Donald R. Burrill
- Burrill, Donald R.
- Lanham [Md.] : University Press of America, 
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- Physical Description:
- xvi, 294 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
- El Dorado -- A hasty footpath to statehood -- From Roman law to common law : juris civilus of use and custom -- A judicial activist -- Justices of the Supreme Court of California -- Persona non grata -- Growing resentments -- Political dreams -- Jus et fraus numquam cohabitant (law and fraud never cohabit) -- Injury unrequited -- Dishonor in absentia.
- Servants of the Law examines the lives of two famous California judges, David S. Terry and Stephen J. Field, who created a lasting influence on the politics and judicial history of California's Supreme Court during the court's formative years of 1855 to 1865. These jurists shared the state's highest bench from 1857 to 1859 and, as events would later show, they confronted one another combatively, on and off, for almost thirty-five years. California's beginnings as a United States territory and, later as the nation's thirty-first state were, in large part, fashioned in the wake of the country's malevolent and unforgiving Civil War. Together, Terry's and Field's lives served as an animate metaphor for the cultural and constitutional diversity that many nineteenth-century northern and southern judicial immigrants held toward one another. --Book Jacket.
- 9780761848912 (pbk.: alk. paper)
0761848916 (pbk.: alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-286) and index.
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