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William Murray, Lord Mansfield

(1705—1793)


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(1705–93).

Judge. In 1742 Mansfield became solicitor‐general with a seat in Parliament for Boroughbridge. Newcastle relied heavily on Mansfield and was reluctant to see him become chief justice of King's Bench in 1756. However Mansfield remained in the cabinet until 1763 and was attacked by Junius for being a ‘political judge’. He twice refused the lord chancellorship, preferring the security of a non‐political post.

Subjects: History of Law — British History.


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