Blackstone, Sir William (17231780)

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 well-known “Commentaries on the Laws of England,” an authority on the subject and a work that has appeared in many editions (17231780).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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