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Portrait of William A. Schnader, in a frame.
William A. Schnader (1886-1968) Although he's been gone for almost 50 years, the legacy of William A. Schnader continues on. During his time as Special Deputy Attorney General and Attorney General he drafted revisions and codifications to many Pennsylvania administrative, banking, corporation, and...
John Bannister Gibson
The Pennsylvania lawyer John Bannister Gibson (1780-1853) was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, appointed president judge of the 11th Judicial District, and held positions as the Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was also an enthusiastic...
The Jenkins' Portrait Collection includes many prominent historical figures of the Philadelphia legal community with great mustaches. Check them out now.
F. Carroll Brewster
Frederick Carroll Brewster (1825-1898) was a Philadelphia lawyer, City Solicitor, Court of Common Pleas judge, and Pennsylvania Attorney General. He authored a number of books, many of which are in the Jenkins Law Library collection . Jenkins’ Portrait Gallery includes two paintings of Brewster...
John Bouvier
John Bouvier was a Philadelphia lawyer, recorder, and criminal court judge. He is most remembered for his legal dictionary, believed to be the first legal dictionary based on American law. Bouvier emigrated to America from the South of France with his family in 1802 at age fifteen. His early career...
George Wharton Pepper
George Wharton Pepper was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, law professor, and politician. He attended the University of Pennsylvania (class of 1887) and its Law School (class of 1889) before embarking on a twenty-one year tenure as law professor, also at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1922 he...
Horace Binney
Education : Harvard College (studied law under Jared Ingersoll) Admitted to Bar : March 31, 1800 Professional Career : Founding member of the Hasty Pudding Club Founding member of the Law Library Company of the City of Philadelphia; Director, 1805-1819 and 1821-1827 Assembly of Pennsylvania, member...
Madeleine A. H. Jenkins
Madeleine Archambault Hart Jenkins was born in Philadelphia, the only child of Gavin Hart, an attorney, and Virginia Archambault. Her schooling was, initially, typical of that given young ladies at the turn of the century. After her father's death, she lived for a time with her mother in Siena,...
Charles Chauncey, Jr.
Education : Yale College Admitted to Bar : 1798, Connecticut; 1799, Pennsylvania Professional Career: Founding member of the Law Library Company of the City of Philadelphia; Director, 1811-1815 Associated Members of the Bar of Philadelphia, Committee of Censors, 1821 Law Association of Philadelphia...
Theodore F. Jenkins
Theodore Finley Jenkins lived from 1849, the year after the great democratic uprisings in Europe, until 1940, just after the beginning of World War II. During nearly a century of living, he championed many reforms. Jenkins graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia and, as was then the...