Blackstone, Sir William

(1723-1780)
   Legal Writer, posthumous s. of a silk mercer in London, was ed. at Charterhouse School and Oxf., and entered the Middle Temple in 1741. His great work is his Commentaries on the Laws of England, in 4 vols. (1765-1769), which still remains the best general history of the subject. It had an extraordinary success, and is said to have brought the author £14,000. B. was not a man of original mind, nor was he a profound lawyer; but he wrote an excellent style, clear and dignified, which brings his great work within the category of general literature. He had also a turn for neat and polished verse, of which he gave proof in The Lawyer's Farewell to his Muse.

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  • Blackstone, Sir William — born July 10, 1723, London, Eng. died Feb. 14, 1780, Wallingford, Oxfordshire British jurist. Orphaned at age 12, he was educated at public school and later at Pembroke College, Oxford, at the expense of his uncle, a London surgeon. He was… …   Universalium

  • Blackstone,Sir William — Black·stone (blăkʹstōn , stən), Sir William. 1723 1780. British jurist and educator who wrote Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765 1769), the most comprehensive single treatment of the body of English law. * * * …   Universalium

  • Blackstone, Sir William — (10 jul. 1723, Londres, Inglaterra–14 feb. 1780, Wallingford, Oxfordshire). Jurista británico. Huérfano a la edad de 12 años, se educó en un colegio público y más tarde en el Pembroke College, en Oxford, a expensas de su tío, un cirujano… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • BLACKSTONE, SIR WILLIAM —    an eminent jurist and judge, born in London, the son of a silk mercer; was fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, and in 1746 called to the bar; became first Vinerian professor of Law at Oxford; had Jeremy Bentham for one of his pupils; author of …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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  • William Blackstone — William Blackstone. Sir William Blackstone, nacido el 10 de julio de 1723 en Londres y fallecido el 14 de febrero de 1780 en Wallingford, fue un jurista británico. Contenido 1 …   Wikipedia Español

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