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Writing the Legal Record: Law Reporters in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky

Kurt X. Metzmeier

Abstract

This is a group biography of Kentucky’s earliest law reporters, the individuals who collected and published the early opinions of Kentucky’s highest court from 1803 to 1878. Kentucky’s law reports were used and cited throughout the nation; they ranked among the best available and helped in the development of a uniquely American common law. The early law reporters were leading members of Kentucky’s bench and bar and an active part of its political class. They included former and future high court judges, legal scholars, US senators and representatives, and a secretary of the treasury. Collectiv ... More

Keywords: biography, Kentucky, law reporters, judicial opinions, common law, Court of Appeals, slavery, Civil War, political parties, print culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813168609
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813168609.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kurt X. Metzmeier, author
University of Louisville

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