Horace Binney

Horace Binney

Horace Binney (January 4, 1780 - August 12, 1875) was an American lawyer.

Binney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Harvard College in 1797; he then studied law in the office of Jared Ingersoll (1749 - 1822), who had been a member of the Constitutional convention of 1787, and who from 1791 to 1800 and again from 1811 to 1816 was the attorney-general of Pennsylvania.

Binney was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia in 1800 and practised there with great success for half a century, and was recognized as one of the leaders of the bar in the United States. He served in the Pennsylvania legislature between 1806-1807, and was a Whig member of the National House of Representatives between 1833-1835 - here he defended the United States Bank, and opposing the policy of President Andrew Jackson.

His most famous case, in which he was unsuccessfully opposed by Daniel Webster, was the case of "Vidal v. Girard's Executors", which involved the disposition of the fortune of Stephen Girard. Binney's argument in this case greatly influenced the interpretation of the law of charities.

Binney made many public addresses, the most noteworthy of which, entitled Life and "Character of Chief Justice Marshall", was published in 1835. He also published:
*"Leaders of the Old Bar of Philadelphia" (1858), and an
*"Inquiry into the Formation of Washingtons Farewell Address" (1859).

During the Civil War he issued three pamphlets (1861, 1862 and 1865), discussing the right of "habeas corpus" under the American Constitution, and justifying President Lincoln in his suspension of the writ.

External links

* [http://www.law.upenn.edu/about/history/medallions/binney/index.html Biography]

References

*1911
*CongBio|B000475


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