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alexander hamilton and the development of american law University Press of Kansas Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law x Kate Elizabeth Brown © 2017 by the University Press of Kansas All rights reserved Published by the University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas 66045), which was organized by the Kansas Board of Regents and is operated and funded by Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, the University of Kansas, and Wichita State University Portions of Chapter 6 were originally published as “Rethinking People v. Croswell: Alexander Hamilton and the Nature and Scope of ‘Common Law’ in the Early Republic” in the journal Law and History Review 32:3 (August 2014), and are reprinted with the permission of Cambridge University Press. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Brown, Kate Elizabeth (Katherine Elizabeth) Title: Alexander Hamilton and the development of American law / Kate Elizabeth Brown. Description: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2017. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017020132 ISBN 9780700624805 (hardback) ISBN 9780700624812 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: Hamilton, Alexander, 1757–1804. | Constitutional law—United States—History. | BISAC: HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775–1800). | LAW / Constitutional. | LAW / Corporate. Classification: LCC KF363.H3 B76 2017 | DDC 342.7302/9—dc23 LC record available at British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data is available. Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 The paper used in this publication is recycled and contains 30 percent postconsumer waste. It is acid free and meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials z39.48-1992. For the Chief ...