Who Is The Most Famous Lawyer?
There are many famous lawyers throughout the world and history who have practiced many different kinds of law so it is difficult to answer that question without more information. To qualify any of the many great and famous lawyers in history as “the best” really would need to ask a more specific question such as, who is the most famous lawyer from a particular geographic region and time period.
If you are interested in the most famous lawyer from the United States, there are many different contenders. While who is truly the “most” famous is debatable, the following are some of the most popular candidates for who is the most famous U.S. lawyer:
Abrham Lincoln, also known as Honest Abe, was an American lawyer and politician who became the 16th president of the United States. His first job after passing the Illinois bar in 1836 was under his wife’s cousin, John T. Stuart. Prior to becoming president, Mr. Lincoln represented clients in both criminal and civil matters. He, along with his partners, handled over 5,000 cases.
Franklin Roosevelt was a lawyer in New York for a few years before he began his political career by winning his first election to the New York State Senate. He was the 32nd President of the United States and served for 12 years from 1933 until his death in 1945. He is the only president to have been elected four times and to serve more than two terms. (The Twenty-Second Amendment, limiting a president to two consecutive terms, was passed in 1947 and ratified by the states in 1951.)
Richard Nixon worked as a lawyer in California after graduating from Duke University in 1937. He went on to be a U.S. Representative and Senator from California, was Vice President under Dwight D. Eisenhower, and went on to become the 37th President. Nixon is also the only president to resign from office which he did amidst impeachment proceedings against him for his involvement in what became known as the Watergate Scandal.
Mary Jo White
Mary Jo White’s became famous during her successful overseeing of the prosecution of John Gotti and terrorists who were responsible for the 1983 World Trade Center bombing. She went on to try and win several high profile cases and served as the Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2013 until 2017. White earned her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School.
Barack Obama was a lawyer who went on to become a politician. He was a U.S. Senator, member of the Illinois Senate, the 44th and first African-American President of the United States. Obama graduated from Harvard Law in 1991 and practice law as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago before he began his political career.
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