William Blackstone

William Blackstone

Born: July 10, 1723

Died: February 14, 1780

Nationality: English

Occupation: Judge

Biography: Sir William Blackstone KC SL was an English jurist, judge and Tory politician of the eighteenth century. He is most noted for writing the Commentaries on the Laws of England. Born into a middle-class family in London, Blackstone was educated at Charterhouse School before matriculating at Pembroke College, Oxford in 1738.

Source/Notes: Blackstone's Commentaries: With Notes of Reference, to the Constitution and Laws, of the Federal Government of the United States; and of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In Five Volumes. With an Appendix to Each Volume, Containing Short Tracts Upon Such Subjects as Appeared Necessary to Form a Connected View of the Laws of Virginia, as a Member of the Federal Union (1803 edition)

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William Blackstone

“Man was formed for society.”

- William Blackstone

Source/Notes: Introduction, Section II: Of the Nature of Laws in General - Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769)
Source/Notes: Book I, ch. 18: Of Corporations. - Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769)
Source/Notes: Book III, ch. 17: Of Injuries Proceeding from, or Affecting, the Crown - Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769)

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Source/Notes: Book IV, ch. 27. - Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769)