Born: Jan. 15, 1831 - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA
Died: Feb. 14, 1902 - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Educated at Harvard College, Thayer then studied law at the Harvard Law School where he graduated in 1856. He was admitted to the bar and began a successful law practice in Boston which he continued until 1873 when he was appointed a Royall professor of law at Harvard. In 1883, he became the Weld professor of law and was instrumental in creating the modern system of legal education based on the case method. In 1893, he published The Origin and Scope of the American Doctrine of Constitutional Law, an important work in the area of judicial review. His other works include A Western Journey with Mr. Emerson (1884), Cases of Evidence (1892), The Teaching of English Law at Universities (1895), Cases on Constitutional Law (1895), The Development of Trial by Jury (1896), A Preliminary Treatise on Evidence at the Common Law (1898) and A Short Life of John Marshall (1901).
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The Origin and Scope of the American Doctrine of Constitutional Law
A Short Life of John Marshall
The Teaching of English Law in Universities
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