Martin v. Hunter’s Lessee

(1816)

About the Author

Joseph Story was born on September 18, 1779, in Marblehead, Massachusetts. His parents were ardent Unitarians and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. His father was a leading member of the Sons of Liberty, participated in the Boston Tea Party, and was a Continental army physician. Story excelled academically at Marblehead Academy and Harvard University and graduated in 1798, second in his class. The prominent Massachusetts attorneys Samuel Sewall and Samuel Putnam trained Story as a legal specialist in maritime and admiralty cases.

During his private law career in Salem, Massachusetts, Story became a Jeffersonian Republican. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1805. Four years later the Massachusetts governor appointed Story to complete a congressional term left vacant by the death of Jacob Crowinshield. Story broke party ranks to speak against Jefferson's embargo acts, earning him the president's lifelong dislike. Story resumed...

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