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dc.contributor.advisor Hyman, Harold M.
dc.creatorDirck, Brian Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:20:55Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:20:55Z
dc.date.issued 1991
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13491
dc.description.abstract Historians are unfamiliar with the frontier attorney. We know little of who he represented, what types of cases he litigated and his day-to-day labors. Nathaniel Hart Davis practiced law in Montgomery, Texas from 1850 to 1883; by examining his career we may shed light on these issues. Davis specialized in civil law. Debt collection dominated his practice, but he also litigated land disputes, probate, slave law and divorce cases. He represented the propertied citizens of Montgomery, nearly always acting on behalf of the plaintiff. His energies were devoted primarily to out-of-court tasks: gathering information, tracking down debtors, buying and selling real estate for speculators, and disposing of probate property and debts. Davis was not the stereotypical incompetent, ignorant, parasitical frontier attorney. A cautious, learned man, Davis fulfilled a vital role in his community. He tried to ensure relatively smooth business transactions in an unstable Texas economy.
dc.format.extent 154 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAmerican history
Law
Biographies
dc.title "Right and Ready": The law practice of Nathaniel Hart Davis, 1850--1883 (Texas)
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department History
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Dirck, Brian Richard. ""Right and Ready": The law practice of Nathaniel Hart Davis, 1850--1883 (Texas)." (1991) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13491.


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