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Horace Binney (1780–1875)


Horace Binney, one of the leading American lawyers of the nineteenth century, was born in Philadelphia on 4 January 1780.  A graduate of Harvard, he was admitted to the bar at the age of twenty and would practice law in Philadelphia for fifty years. Among his significant cases were Lyle vs. Richards (1823) and the Girard Trust case (1844), with the latter setting a precedent for the interpretation of the law as it regards charitable requests. Between 1807 and 1814 he published six volumes of the reported decisions of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.


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"Binney, Horace." West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edited by Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman, 2nd ed., vol. 2, Gale, 2005, p. 37. Gale In Context: U.S. History, Accessed 24 Aug. 2023.

Horace Binney at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Horace Binney Sr. at FamilySearch.